Pan Roasted White Asparagus à la Flamande

The season of white asparagus starts in April and runs through to June. We were lucky, we got hold of some yesterday and we decided to make a classic with it.

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White or green they come from the same plant but the white asparagus grow underground. Once the tips break the surface, they are harvested to avoid sunlight turning them green.

Sandy soil is perfect to grow this white gold and that’s why Germany is probably the biggest producer in Europe. Belgians must be among the biggest consumers. We serve them  throughout the meal from appetiser to dessert.

You always need to peel white asparagus, even when thin, and break or cut the hard ends. Then it’s all straightforward to prepare them à la flamande. Bon appétit!

Related: White asparagus velouté

Asparagus a la flamande

Pan roasted white asparagus à la flamande

It's very seasonal but this white gold is always a delight on the menu.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetisers & Starters
Cuisine Belgian
Servings 4 people
Calories 161 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



  •  Boil the eggs for 10 min in salted water with a good dash of vinegar. After cooling, chop the yolk and white separate.
  • Wash and peel the asparagus and cut the hard end at 5 cm.
    Raw asparagus
  • Pan-roast the asparagus in butter for 8-10 min. Basting regular during frying helps for the colouring.
  • When asparagus are ready, use the same pan to quickly stir the chopped egg white into the rest of the butter. Season to taste and add the parsley. Keep the chopped egg yolk out to add additional bright yellow colour to the dish.
  • Dress all ingredients on a plate and serve with the smoked ham on the side.


Keep the hard part of the white asparagus to make a soup.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 14gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 287mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 141IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword asparagus, white asparagus
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  1. 5 stars
    Great idea with the ham!

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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