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Agretti sautéed in a pan with oil and lemon: a quick and easy side dish!

Agretti in the pan

Let's see immediately the ingredients and the step-by-step recipe to prepare a side dish of pan-fried agretti flavored with garlic and lemon juice!

Today we offer you one of the quick and easy recipes perfect for enhancing one of the symbolic vegetables of spring: we are talking about pan-fried agretti! In this case, the agretti must first be blanched and then sautéed in the pan just long enough for them to infuse.

Also known by the name of roscani, barba di frate, lischi, or lischeri, they are threadlike herbs with a dark green color, quite versatile . In the kitchen, in fact, the agretti are excellent to serve as a side dish after having simply boiled them, but they are also suitable to be used to enrich savory pies, omelettes or as a condiment for pasta dishes. It is preferable to buy them not too ripe since only the sprouts are edible.

Also pay attention to cooking: boiling them for too long in boiling water causes the loss of all their nutritional properties, plus the agretti will be excessively soft.

Agretti in the pan
Agretti in the pan

Preparation of agretti in a pan with oil and lemon

  1. First clean the agretti: remove the roots , the toughest part of the stem then wash them well under cold water. Put a pot of water on the fire, bring to a boil, add salt to the water then dip the agretti inside.
  2. Let them cook for another 2-3 minutes , then drain the agretti and set them aside for a moment.
  3. Take a pan, pour the extra virgin olive oil on the bottom, then add the peeled and chopped garlic.
  4. Put on the fire and brown the garlic over low heat for a few minutes, then add the agretti, sprinkle with the lemon juice and cook for at least 5 minutes. Season with salt, turn off the heat and serve.

Enjoy your meal!

Another recipe to try is the omelette with baked agretti .

Tips for cooking pan-fried agretti

– One of the best precautions for the preparation of agretti is to pay attention to cleaning. You have to remove all part of the roots, they are very hard and bitter, and wash your agretti carefully. Indeed, one problem is the land. also rinse them 2-3 times under running water to be sure they are ready to be cooked.

– A fairly common condiment for your agretti side dish, if you want some advice, is to add 3-4 anchovy fillets and some chilli pepper. While you are blanching the vegetables in boiling water, put the garlic and oil in a pan together with the anchovies. Let them melt completely and add the agretti so that they take on all the flavour.

Last tip , squeeze the vegetables well before jumping into the pan. Alternatively, you can also steam the agretti.

Read also
What are agretti and how to best cook them


We recommend keeping one of the tastiest side dishes for a maximum of 1-2 days in the fridge , well covered in transparent film. We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

Properties and benefits of agretti

Agretti are a vegetable rich in vitamins and among the most important we find:

  • Vitamin A, essential for vision .
  • Vitamins of group B which favor the functioning of the nervous system and give the contribution of carbohydrates which are essential for our body's energy.
  • Vitamin C which strengthens the barriers of the immune system.
  • Vitamin E which has antioxidant properties.

As for the benefits, however, the agretti are ideal for those who want to follow a diet as they are rich in water and fiber , with strong purifying properties. Furthermore, they are ideal for those suffering from abdominal swelling thanks to their digestive properties.

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