Asparagus with Shallots, Chiles, and Lemon

By Amanda Hesser
April 18, 2011
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Serves: 3 to 4

  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 dried red chile, crushed into tiny bits
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • Maldon or other flaky sea salt
  1. Combine the shallot with a large pinch of salt. It's best to mix with your hands and to rub the salt into the shallots. Let sit while you cook the asparagus.
  2. Heat a large heavy saute pan over medium high heat. Add the oil and then asparagus spears, season with salt, and saute. They will brighten in color. Saute until just cooked through, but still crisp-tender at the center, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Arrange the asparagus on a platter. Squeeze any excess juices from the shallots. Mix together the shallot and crushed chile and strew across the asparagus. Sprinkle with Maldon or another flaky sea salt, and serve with the lemon wedges for squeezing on the asparagus at the table.

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