Fried Asparagus Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½lemons, zested
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat 1-inch vegetable oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium heat.

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  • Step 2

    Whisk buttermilk, paprika, black pepper, and lemon zest together in a wide bowl.

  • Step 3

    Pour flour into a separate wide bowl.

  • Step 4

    Place a paper towel-lined plate near the stove top.

  • Step 5

    Dip 1/3 of asparagus in buttermilk mixture.

  • Step 6

    Transfer asparagus to flour and coat thoroughly.

  • Step 7

    Repeat with a second layer of buttermilk mixture and flour.

  • Step 8

    Fry coated asparagus in the hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined plate.

  • Step 9

    Repeat the battering and frying process until all the sticks are cooked. Serve immediately.

  • Cook's note:

    Add a 1-inch cube of bread to the hot oil to check if it is ready. If it turns deep golden brown in color after a count of 40, the oil is ready. If the bread cube browns too quickly, turn down the heat and wait a few minutes for it to cool.

    Editor’s note:

    We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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