Grilled Asparagus Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and a Crispy Egg

  • prep time18 min
  • total time 32 min
  • serves 4

"Asparagus is known to make wine taste nasty; a New Zealand or Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is best, or try Chinon or B.C. Cabernet Franc for a red."

Courtesy of Chef James Walt of Araxi Restaurant + Bar.

24 Ratings
Directions for: Grilled Asparagus Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and a Crispy Egg


Sherry Vinaigrette

2 Tbsp grainy mustard

¾ cup sherry vinegar

2 cup grapeseed oil

Grilled Asparagus

24 spears asparagus, trimmed

1 ½ tsp kosher salt

½ tsp curry powder

2 Tbsp olive oil

Crispy Eggs

⅓ cup white vinegar

6 organic eggs

12 cup peanut or vegetable oil, for deep-frying

½ cup whole milk

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 cup dry breadcrumbs

⅔ cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Sherry Vinaigrette

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the grainy mustard and the sherry vinegar until well combined. Slowly add the grapeseed oil in a thin stream, whisking continuously until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Grilled Asparagus

1. Preheat a grill or barbeque to high heat.

2. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil on high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 1 minute. Using tongs, remove the asparagus and plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking, then arrange them on a tea towel to dry.

3. In a small bowl, combine the salt and curry powder. In a large shallow bowl, gently toss the asparagus and the olive oil, then sprinkle liberally with the curry salt. Grill the asparagus for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until lightly charred. Remove from the grill (or barbeque) and keep warm.

Crispy Eggs

1. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

2. In a medium saucepan on high heat, heat 12 cups/3 L of water. Add the white vinegar and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, or until the water is just simmering.

3. Crack 4 eggs into individual ramekins or coffee cups. Swirl the water with a large spoon, then, one at a time, quickly pour the eggs into the water. Poach each egg for 3 minutes.

4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to the ice water to stop the cooking. Once the eggs are cool, trim any ragged edges so the whites form nice rounds. Carefully pat the eggs dry with a tea towel.

5. Fill a deep pot or a wok to two-thirds full with peanut (or vegetable) oil and heat it to 330°F/165°C (use a deep-fat thermometer to check the temperature).

6. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 2 eggs with the milk. Combine the flour and a pinch of salt in a second bowl and the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a third bowl. One at a time, carefully dredge the poached eggs in the seasoned flour, then dip them in the beaten egg mixture and coat them with the bread crumb mixture.

7. Deep-fry the eggs for 1 minute until golden brown (the eggs will still be runny inside), then use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a paper towel to drain. Lightly season with salt.

8. To serve: Arrange 6 spears of asparagus on each plate, then drizzle with the vinaigrette. Top each serving with a crispy egg and serve immediately.

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