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Deep Fried Asparagus

Deep Fried AsparagusThese crispy, beer-battered and deep-fried asparagus spears are wonderful served alongside a juicy hamburger — as well as a variety of grilled meats.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large egg whites
2/3 cup cold flat beer
3 pounds raw, whole asparagus, cleaned and cut above white end
Peanut oil for frying (approximately 1 quart)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients except asparagus in a bowl with a wire whisk until well blended.
  2. Heat deep-fat fryer to 350°F (175°C), or heat at least 2-inches of oil in a large frying pan or Dutch oven.
  3. Dip asparagus individually into the batter and deep-fry them for 2 minutes or until golden brown.*

Makes 6 servings.

*For best results, do not over-crowd the pan when deep-frying.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of California Asparagus Commission.