Asparagus is the healthy eater's dream food -- it has no fat or cholesterol, and is loaded with vitamins A, C and B6, as well as potassium, fiber and folic acid. Asparagus is delicious raw, broiled, roasted or steamed. If you don't have a large enough pot to steam asparagus on the stove, try steaming it in the oven.
Things You'll Need
- Kitchen towel or paper towels
- 8-by-8-inch or 9-by-13-inch glass pan
- 1 tsp. salt
- Wire rack
- Oven mitts
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rinse the asparagus under cool water to ensure all dirt and grit is washed away.
Pat the asparagus dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
Bend a spear to break it at its natural breaking point and discard the woody stems. Repeat this process for each spear.
Insert the wire rack into the pan and add just enough water so that the water does not reach the rack.
Pour the salt into the water.
Place the asparagus spears on top of the wire rack so that the spears don't fall between the holes.
Cover the dish with foil.
Place the pan in the oven and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the desired "bite" of the asparagus. Properly cooked, asparagus has a little resistance to it when you bite into it; if overcooked, it can become too soft as well as lose some of its nutrients. Use oven mitts to remove the hot glass pan from the oven.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are entertaining, try to slightly undercook the asparagus to please more palates.
- Consider serving the asparagus with a brown butter or Hollandaise sauce.
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