No, you can’t use canned or frozen–it only works with fresh asparagus, so take advantage of those spring asparagus months. This is an excellent accompaniment to grilled seafood, and you can find some of that in chapter 8.
Spicy Lemon Mop
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh preferred
2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chopped parsley or rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh asparagus
Combine all the ingredients for the mop and mix well.
Cut off the tough stem ends of the asparagus, rinse and place in non-reactive, shallow bowl. Pour the mop over the asparagus and marinate, at room temperature, for an hour.
Grill the asparagus over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side or until done but still crisp.