Bring the water to boil, lay the asparagus in the steamer, cover, and steam until crisp-tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer asparagus to a heated serving dish, drizzle with the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with lemon and serve immediately.



How do you steam asparagus?

Cut the asparagus to fit into your steamer basket. Cover and steam until the asparagus are bright green and tender, but still somewhat crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes for thick asparagus and 3 to 5 minutes for thin asparagus. Remove from the steamer and season with salt and pepper.

Is it better to steam or boil asparagus?

Asparagus is usually steamed as whole stalks, but it can be steamed cut into bite-size pieces if you like. Whether you steam it whole or chopped, place asparagus in a steamer rack and set over boiling water. Cover and cook until asparagus is tender, 4 to 8 minutes depending on the thickness of the asparagus stalks.

How do you cook asparagus so it doesn’t get soggy?

You’re overcooking it.

Because it only takes a few minutes to cook, keep a close eye on it to avoid soggy, limp stems as the outcome. Take it out of the oven or off the stove a minute or so before you think it’s done to avoid overcooking. Another way to prevent overcooking is to shock the asparagus in an ice bath.

Should you soak asparagus before cooking?

Do you wash asparagus before roasting? Some people give their asparagus a quick bath before cooking though I find it unnecessary. You will definitely need to clean them well and remove the grit, but beyond that, a soaking isn’t needed.

How do I know when asparagus is done cooking?

Cover and cook, shaking occasionally, until bright green but still crisp, about 3 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the asparagus is tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 5–10 minutes more (the thicker the spears, the longer the cook time).

What else can you use an asparagus steamer for?

When the spears become just tender, the basket is removed and the water is drained away. An asparagus steamer can also be used to steam a variety of other foods such as potatoes, broccoli, corn, carrots, artichokes, and shellfish.

How long should I boil asparagus for?

When ready to cook, toss the salt into the boiling water and carefully lower in the asparagus. Turn the heat to low and simmer the asparagus, uncovered, until the spears are easily penetrated with a knife, usually after about 5 minutes but from 1 minute for very thin asparagus to 12 minutes for the very thickest.

How do you steam asparagus?

To steam asparagus, start by filling a microwave-safe dish with a couple tablespoons of water. Then, lay 2-3 layers of asparagus in the dish and cover it with plastic wrap.

How long does it take to cook asparagus?

Cover and steam until the asparagus are bright green and tender, but still somewhat crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes for thick asparagus and 3 to 5 minutes for thin asparagus. Remove from the steamer and season with salt and pepper. Looking for Something Else?

What to serve with steamed asparagus?

Now you just need to decide how to serve it. We love the steamed asparagus with shaved Parmesan cheese, poached eggs, or cut up and added to a stir fry. Read the full recipe after the video.

What are the best tips for cooking with asparagus?

Season the asparagus. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and add additional seasonings like garlic powder or dried thyme to complete the dish. Flavor the asparagus with olive oil, lemon zest, and some salt and pepper. Stir together 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and ½ teaspoon of lemon zest.