Beer-Battered Asparagus

Beer batter makes everything taste even better, including the first fresh shoots of springtime asparagus.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
teaspoons baking powder
1
teaspoon table salt
1
bottle or can (12 oz) dark beer, chilled
Vegetable oil for deep frying
1
bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 3-inch pieces
Coarse sea salt, if desired
1/2
lemon
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, table salt and beer with whisk until smooth.
  • 2 In 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches oil to 350°F. Working in small batches, dip asparagus in batter. Fry in hot oil about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with sea salt.
  • 3 Squeeze lemon over fried asparagus; garnish with parsley. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

For a nonalcoholic version, replace the beer with club soda or seltzer water.

If you’d like a dipping sauce for the asparagus, serve it alongside ranch dressing or mayonnaise mixed with lemon juice.