Steam Asparagus in the Microwave Tutorial


I love asparagus. Not only is it delicious and versatile, but it's one of the easiest and fastest vegetables to prepare. While I prefer many of my favorite veggies roasted, caramelized and crunchy, asparagus shines when steamed and tossed with a light coating of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. This allows its natural flavors to shine through (you can even omit the lemon juice). Scrambling to throw together a last minute meal? No problem. This is a fast and foolproof technique that's ready in less than 5 minutes.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and tools.

You need almost nothing to prepare the asparagus. A knife and cutting board will help, but many people prefer to break off the tough ends by hand. This is a personal preference.

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Step 2: Remove tough ends from asparagus.

Wash the asparagus. Remove and discard the tough ends, either using a knife and cutting board or by hand.

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Step 3: Wrap in damp paper towels.

Dampen several sheets of paper towels with water, enough to cover the asparagus lengthwise. Wrap around the asparagus, tucking under the ends like a burrito. You want to create an enclosed steam area. Place seam-side down on a microwave-safe plate.

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Step 4: Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.

Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, until the asparagus is bright green and crisp-tender. Remove the plate from the microwave and carefully unwrap (watch out for the hot steam).

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Step 5: Serve.

The asparagus is ready to serve! Toss with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, or your favorite dressing.

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