Asparagus with Dill and Cream

Author: Canadian Living

An absolutely foolproof cream sauce adds a special touch to tender-crisp asparagus spears. It's also excellent with other vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, sugar snap peas and new potatoes.

  • Portion size 8 servings


  • 2 lbs asparagus trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


Place asparagus upright in bottom of double boiler; pour in enough boiling water to come 2 inches (5 cm) up stalks. Invert double boiler top over spears; bring to boil over high heat and cook just until tender-crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined platter; cover and keep warm.

Meanwhile, in small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; pour in cream. Increase heat to high and boil hard, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes or until cream is thick enough to coat wooden spoon and reduced to about 3/4 cup (175 mL). Reduce heat to low.

Mix about 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the hot cream into egg yolk; stir back into remaining cream and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat; stir in dill, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired. Remove paper towel from asparagus; pour sauce over, leaving tips exposed.

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Asparagus with Dill and Cream