Asparagus and Eggs

Asparagus and Eggs
Staff Writer

Courtesy of Rioja Wines

Here is a dish that can be put together in just around 10 minutes.  It looks beautiful and can be served as a main dish at brunch or as a salad for dinner.  As always, the fresher the eggs, the better the dish, especially in such a simple preparations as this.

Note: Adding a bit of wine or vinegar to the poaching water helps the egg hold its shape by causing the outer layer of the egg white to congeal faster.  We recommend wine over vinegar, simply because it tastes better!

Rioja pairing: Both asparagus and eggs are notorious for being difficult to pair with wine because they both contain sulfurous elements that can make wine taste vegetal, but difficult does not mean impossible!  Try this dish with a bright, fruity Rioja rosé, you will not be disappointed.


In a deep frying pan, bring 2-½ inches of water to boil.  Salt generously; add asparagus;  cook about 3-½ minutes; remove from water.

Add wine to water; reduce heat to medium-low.  Gently crack eggs into water; cook 3 minutes.  With slotted spoon, remove eggs to small stack of paper towels to absorb excess water. 

Serve on large serving platter, arranging asparagus in one layer; place eggs on top. Garnish with pine nuts and olive oil; serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


Calories per serving:

148 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 11g 17%
  • Carbs 5g 2%
  • Saturated 2g 11%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 8g 17%
  • Cholesterol 186mg 62%
  • Sodium 257mg 11%
  • Calcium 46mg 5%
  • Magnesium 26mg 7%
  • Potassium 232mg 7%
  • Iron 2mg 14%
  • Zinc 1mg 8%
  • Phosphorus 156mg 22%
  • Vitamin A 102µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 11mg 18%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 19%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 8%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 56µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin K 28µg 35%
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