Asparagus in a steaming basket - The ultimate guide on how to cook asparagus! How to cook asparagus in the oven, in the microwave, or by blanching, steaming, or sautéing.
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How to Cook Asparagus (5 Ways)

The ultimate guide on how to cook asparagus! How to cook asparagus in the oven, in the microwave, or by blanching, steaming, or sautéing.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword blanched asparagus, cook asparagus, how to cook asparagus, microwaved asparagus, roasted asparagus, sauteed asparagus, steamed asparagus
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Easter
Time 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 lb per 2 people
Calories 27kcal
Author Sarah Bond

Ingredients

Roasted Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional: garlic, lemon juice/zest

Steamed Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus

Microwaved Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus

Blanched Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus

Sautéed Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Roasted Asparagus

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 C). Prep your asparagus by rinsing and breaking the woody bottom inch off of each spear. Spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Flavor: Drizzle asparagus with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Optionally throw on a few cloves of crushed garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Roast: Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tips are slightly charred and stalks are tender.

Steamed Asparagus

  • Prep: Prep your asparagus by rinsing and breaking the woody bottom inch off of each spear. You may need to cut the asparagus into pieces to fit in your steamer basket.
  • Steam: Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a steamer basket fit above it. You can use a wire mesh sieve if you don’t have a steamer basket! Place asparagus in the steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes, or until tender.

Microwaved Asparagus

  • Prep: Prep your asparagus by rinsing and breaking the woody bottom inch off of each spear.
  • Microwave: Place asparagus on a microwave-safe dish and add a few tablespoons of water. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.Microwave on high for 3 minutes, then let sit, still covered, to continue steaming for 3 more minutes.

Blanched Asparagus

  • Prep: Prep your asparagus by rinsing and breaking the woody bottom inch off of each spear. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, adding a pinch of salt to the water for seasoning. Prep an ice bath by combining very cold water and a handful of ice in a large bowl.
  • Blanch: Plunge asparagus into the boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes, until bright green and tender. Immediately transfer to the ice bath to stop the cooking process.

Sautéed Asparagus

  • Prep: Prep your asparagus by rinsing and breaking the woody bottom inch off of each spear. You may need to cut the asparagus into pieces to fit in your sauté pan.
  • Sauté: Heat a splash of oil in a large sauté pan over medium/high heat. Add asparagus and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until bright green and tender, jostling the pan often to promote even cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup asparagus | Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.3g | Protein: 3g | Fiber: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Iron: 2.9mg