Asparagus Romesco

Romesco sauce has its origins in the region of Catalonia in Spain. The fishermen in this area made this sauce to eat with fish. I think asparagus and Romesco is a wonderful match.


1kg asparagus, woody bases trimmed

60ml balsamic vinegar

100ml apple juice

2 teaspoon caster sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons flaked almonds, toasted

Sea salt and black pepper to taste


10 grams dried Kashmiri chilli (cut into smaller pieces & deseeded) soaked in water for 30 minutes

40 grams whole almonds, toasted

50 grams crust less sourdough bread, cut into 3cm cubes

200 grams plum tomatoes cut into 2cm wedges

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

25ml olive oil

1 medium sized fresh red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped


Place all ingredients for Romesco sauce in a small bowl along with a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Mix well, then leave in refrigerator to marinate for 4 hours or overnight preferably. Transfer to a bowl of a food processor and make a puree. Place in a small saucepan and warm through just before serving.

Blanch asparagus for 1-2 minutes. Refresh with cold water, strain, cover and set aside.

Place balsamic vinegar, apple juice and caster sugar in a small pan on high heat, Cook for 4-5 minutes until it has reduced by half and is thick.

Place a ridged griddle pan on high heat. Toss asparagus with olive oil and salt. Do not overcrowd the pan as you do not want them to sweat. Chargrill for a minute on each side.

Spread Romesco sauce in individual plates. Place asparagus on top. Drizzle the balsamic reduction. Sprinkle over the flaked, toasted almonds. Serves 6 as a starter.


  1. I will definitely make this Sujatha. Also what is castor sugar. Can I use regular or brown sugar

  2. I will definitely make this Sujatha. Also what is castor sugar. Can I use regular or brown sugar

    1. Thank You Usha.
      Castor sugar is very fine white sugar. It is not as granulated as regular white sugar. Yes, of course you can use regular white sugar but please make sure you mix enough to dissolve.

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