Crispy Crumbed Asparagus

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"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian. Times are estimated. NOTE - the full title of the recipe is Crispy Crumbed Asparagus With Herby Mayonnaise. Serving size is a starter for 2 people."

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (602 g)
  • Calories 1357
  • Total Fat - 94.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 24.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 1040.2 mg
  • Sodium - 1501 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 66.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11.2 g
  • Sugars - 9.7 g
  • Protein - 65 g
  • Calcium - 921.4 mg
  • Iron - 10.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 117.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

To make the mayo, combine the egg yolk, mustard, vinegar and salt in a mixing bowl and pour a steady trickle of olive oil into the bowl while mixing constantly with a whisk and once all the oil has been added and the mayo has thickened, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary, then fold in the herbs and set aside.

Step 2

Fill a large saucepan with your preferred deep-frying fat to a depth of at least 5 cm, then heat over high heat to 180°C.

Step 3

If you don’t have a thermometer, place the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil – it should bubble constantly but not vigorously.

Step 4

To prepare your crumbing station you’ll need three shallow bowls and tip the flour into the first bowl and season it with a pinch of salt; crack the eggs into the second and lightly beat them; and combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan in the third bowl.

Step 5

Roll the asparagus spears in the flour, then dip them in the egg (shaking off any excess) and finally roll them in the parmesan breadcrumbs.

Step 6

Add the spears to the hot oil in batches, making sure you don’t overcrowd the pan, and cook for 1–2 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are nicely golden.

Step 7

Remove the spears with tongs and drain them on paper towels until just cool enough to handle.

Step 8

Spread the herby mayo on a serving plate, arrange the asparagus on top and scatter over some edible flowers, if you like.

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