Asparagus with Crunchy Gremolata Crumbs

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A delicious and fresh-as-spring side or starter, this classic Italian garnish together with a toasted crumb topping and truffle oil gives those blanched green asparagus a burst of flavours and lifts this spring veggie to a whole new level.
Gremolata is a chopped herb condiment classically made of parsley, garlic and lemon zest. It is a traditional accompaniment for veal, fish and also excellent sprinkled over pasta.

  • 1 Wholegrain spelt bread roll, crust removed
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp Finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 600 g Green asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp Truffle oil
  • Rind of 1 lemon zested into strips to garnish
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  1. Cook asparagus in shallow, simmering salted water 5 minutes. Drain, arrange on a platter and drizzle with one tablespoon of the truffle oil, then toss well to coat.
  2. While asparagus cooks, make the gremolata crumbs. Whiz the bread in a food processor to coarse crumbs. Dry toast the breadcrumbs in a small frying pan over a medium heat until golden and crisp.
  3. Place in a bowl and stir in the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, some sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Set the mixture aside.
  4. Sprinkle the gremolata crumbs liberally over the asparagus with the remaining truffle oil. Scatter over the strips of lemon zest and lemon wedges at side. Serve immediately. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Mother Rimmy 6/5/14 05:08

Anything asparagus makes me happy, but add a lemony gremolata and I'm truly in heaven. It goes so well with asparagus.

great-secret-of-life 6/5/14 05:48

looks so appetizing.. I am going to try this weekend

Erin | Well Plated 6/5/14 06:21

I LOVE gremolata. It just makes everything so bright and fresh. Fab idea to use it with asparagus!

Gina Stanley 6/5/14 06:43

The asparagus are so good here right now, only thing that would make them better is a crunchy topping with truffle oil, mmm. Good thing I'm heading to the store tomorrow.

Cheri Savory Spoon 6/5/14 07:15

I love what you did with the asparagus, the gremolata is such a nice touch! Beautiful pics!

Lisa Ho 6/5/14 07:27

Lovely appetising spring dish. :D

Unknown 6/5/14 07:47

I love that garnish, such a great way to dress up asparagus!
:) ela@GrayApron

Rosa's Yummy Yums 6/5/14 08:41

A delicious combo and refined tasting dish!



Katerina 6/5/14 09:16

I used to hate asparagus, now i love them and these ones look very appetizing Angie!

OohLookBel 6/5/14 09:24

Those gremolata crumbs will really lift up the asparagus. Delicious as always!

Anonymous 6/5/14 09:42

This will be my lunch today. I will serve it with cooked red quinoa! x

Merry Tummy 6/5/14 11:23

thats is perfect healthy summer salad on a plate:)
oh my my it is indeed one treat to eyes and tummy:)

Emma | Fork and Good 6/5/14 12:20

Beautiful pictures angie! I love the look of this dish, then again, I don't think there's one thing you've posted recently that i haven't liked the look of!

Blog do Chocolate 6/5/14 12:41


I love aspargus, and the way you present them looks perfect to me ! :)


Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 6/5/14 12:57

Asparagus is probably my favorite spring vegetable and this is a must try for me. I love the idea of the crunch on top and I always have a bottle of truffle oil on hand.

Kitchen Belleicious 6/5/14 14:22

the crumbs on top make it extra special and so different than other asparagus recipes. Love this

Priya Suresh 6/5/14 14:43

Crumbs on the top gives an excellent touch to those asparagus.

Vicki Bensinger 6/5/14 15:37

Ooh I love the sound of this Angie. I typically just grill or roast my asparagus so this is a nice twist to add to them. I'm sure my family will love this.

Esther Lau 6/5/14 15:49

Angie, this dish looks so tempting! I can finish the whole plate by myself, hehe,,,

Anonymous 6/5/14 16:00

I LOVE asparagus and as always Angie, a beautiful recipe.
Have a lovely day.
:-) Mandy xo

Mijú 6/5/14 16:33

Me encanta como te ha quedado.
Un saludito

ann low 6/5/14 17:50

Very appetizing dish. Good for hot weather too!

Ashley 6/5/14 18:56

Loving all the fresh flavors in this! And the asparagus ... I just cannot get enough of it right now!

Monica 6/5/14 19:28

I'd eat this any day, any time!

Shashi 6/5/14 20:57

This looks so delicious! Your photos are stellar

MunatyCooking 6/5/14 20:59

Every thing is beautiful here, the salad, the background, and the clicks! Thanks for sharing amazing salad Angie,

Nippon Nin 6/5/14 21:01

Nice! Very nice! I feel like I have to get some asparagus right away to try this recipe. Love your plating too, very pretty!

Evelyne CulturEatz 6/5/14 22:03

The lemon in the gremolata makes it all so refreshing, perfect for in season asparagus. And the truffle oil also goes so well here.

Unknown 6/5/14 22:32

This looks just scrumptious Angie. I love asparagus but that gremolata takes it to new heights!!

Ann Jones 6/5/14 23:36

Asparagus is such a great, bright spring time food. I love that your recipe has a bit of crunch!

jasna varcakovic 6/5/14 23:43

Season of asparagus (in northern hemisphere) has come; Love that veggie and in your creation looks delicious!

[Reply] 7/5/14 02:56

I could totally eat this all day everyday. I love asparagus!!

Jeanette 7/5/14 03:14

What a great recipe Angie - love the crunchy topping + truffle oil!

scrambledhenfruit 7/5/14 03:23

I could eat asparagus every. day. of. the. week. This looks like a perfect recipe to add to my asparagus repertoire. :)

Lite Home Bake 7/5/14 04:06

Thank you for introducing this crunchy toppings, Angie. The plate of asparagus looks so appetizing and fresh with it.

chow and chatter 7/5/14 04:51

this looks wonderful and so in season

Mary @ Fit and Fed 7/5/14 06:37

I'm always looking for asparagus recipes this time of year and I love the idea of this one with the crunchy bread crumbs, the lemon, and the truffle oil undoubtedly sending it over the top-- just saved the recipe to Pinterest for later on this week once I pick up my next bunch of asparagus!

The Yum List 7/5/14 06:44

The asparagus look so plump and juicy.

Sokehah cheah 7/5/14 09:45

I like asparagus but normally I'll fry them. Yours look unique and again, learning some new ingredients along the way!

TasteHongKong 7/5/14 11:30

With the spelt bread crumbs, your gremolata must taste very different, making the side dish more adorable.

CQUEK 7/5/14 11:46

After gym I am having it

Medeja- CranberryJam 7/5/14 12:41

Looks really fresh and elegant!

Trisha 7/5/14 13:11

Love this fresh spring recipe! The gremolata takes it to a whole new level. Can't wait to try it!

RavieNomNoms 7/5/14 17:12

I love asparagus, another item that I have to eat when Patrick is out of town. He is getting better about it though. Maybe I can get him to enjoy this!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 7/5/14 17:57

The gremolata transforms ordinary asparagus into such an elegant dish!

Elisabeth 7/5/14 18:59

Angie, I could eat asparagus as a side dish vegetable with just about any main dish...add the lemony gremolata, and I could actually just have it as a main dish for lunch with crusty bread...yumm!

Kathy 7/5/14 19:47

This looks wonderful, Angie! Love the way the gremolata takes this dish to a whole new level!

Pam 7/5/14 20:24

Love this! Great flavors and textures.

Catherine 7/5/14 20:39

Asparagus are healthy and delicious. I love learning all the different ways to prepare them. Looks wonderful Angie. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 7/5/14 20:54

Ooh, I love how you've added breadcrumbs to the classic gremolata garnish -- such a great idea for adding texture and interest to this spring fresh delight! Our whole family would love this.

Delectably Green 7/5/14 21:32

It looks so good - love the idea of the spelt breadcrumbs:)

fimere 7/5/14 22:18

cela semble délicieux bravo
bonne soirée

Prash@YummilyYours 8/5/14 01:57

I love Asparagus and this looks absolutely stunning! Yum!

kitchen flavours 8/5/14 04:38

This is lovely! I love asparagus!

Nammi 8/5/14 05:00

Wow ..... looks nice and lite dish , love the gremalota

tigerfish 8/5/14 07:04

The toppings for the asparagus is very interesting.

Juliana 8/5/14 07:37

I love asparagus and the idea of crunchy flavorful parsley, garlic and lemon peel sounds and looks fantastic. Thanks for the recipe Angie...hope you are enjoying your week :D

Gloria Baker 8/5/14 09:14

I love asparagus Angie and love how you present with this gremalota.
Maybe you dont believe but I made something to post with asparagus!
You will see.But Im without internet two days! So i have to wait.
Im commenting by my phone!

Cass @foodmyfriend 8/5/14 10:43

Yum! I can't wait until asparagus get cheaper here. Shouldn't be long now :)

Joanne 8/5/14 13:28

Those crunchy bits on top of the asparagus sound so good!

Barbara 8/5/14 14:47

Isn't asparagus wonderful right now? Love your gremolata, Angie!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 8/5/14 17:35

Did someone say gremolata? I'll have some to go with my asparagus, please. Thanks, Angie!

Hema 8/5/14 19:01

Beautiful presentation, very healthy and tempting..

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/5/14 03:50

The crunchy gremolata crumbs sounds so good over asparagus, Angie!

Kelly 9/5/14 11:43

I love this dish Angie! I can't get enough of asparagus and they look incredible with the gremolata crumbs - great recipe :)

Beth 9/5/14 12:19

This looks terrific, Angie! I used gremolata recently in a pasta recipe and thought it was delicious.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 9/5/14 15:26

Such a delicious way to serve asparagus! Thanks for the inspiration, Angie!

Riceandcoconut 9/5/14 15:47

I just harvest asparagus in my little garden for second time this season, I would love to try this simple,healthy and yummy recipe :)

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 9/5/14 16:04

I love asparagus and this recipe is calling my name! The combination of textures must be wonderful. Hope you have a lovely weekend Angie - I am so behind on reading and commenting - thanks for being so faithful with your blog visits. Come see us!

Sue/the view from great island 9/5/14 19:40

This sounds and looks spectacular. I've only just discovered truffle oil, I have a lot of lost time to make up for!

Deepti 9/5/14 20:02

Lovely! Gremolata sounds fantastic...

Geri Saucier 10/5/14 00:27

Love asparagus. This dish looks fantastic. Love the herbs and truffle oil:)

Julia | 10/5/14 05:01

Love the idea of asparagus with breadcrumbs on top - delicious!

Anonymous 10/5/14 15:21

What a fabulous idea to contrast the delicate texture of asparagus with the crunch of the gremolata

Debra Eliotseats 11/5/14 14:37

And, obviously a very delicious garnish for veggies!

Unknown 12/5/14 09:39

These asparagus looks much better with the gremolata crumbs!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 12/5/14 09:58

Your special crumbs sound wonderful!

Asmita 12/5/14 13:54

Wow Angie,
I love how you mix things up and I always learn about new flavor combinations from you. This looks so fresh and amazing!!

Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. 12/5/14 23:33

I love asparagus! It's so easy and simple to make. I love the addition of crunchy crumb topping!

Terra 13/5/14 02:49

I eat asparagus almost every day, so delicious! I have never made gremolata, but I for sure will be making some very soon! Your recipes sounds fabulous! Hugs, Terra

Reeni 13/5/14 03:40

What a tasty way to prepare asparagus Angie! Love that bright flavored gremolata to perk things up! Hope you're having a good week!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 14/5/14 04:42

I love this.Asparagus is so good by itself, but with the crunchy gremolata crumbs they would be irresistible.

mjskit 14/5/14 05:31

One can never have enough asparagus recipes! I love this one! Great flavors and textures. Love the photos!

Unknown 15/5/14 01:28

Looks like you're enjoying your Spring asparagus-beautiful dish and photos ;)

mr. pineapple man 19/5/14 16:04

I love asparagus but dread the smell of your mr. P afterwards lol!

Barbara Bakes 25/5/14 14:50

What a delicious way to dress up asparagus.


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