How To Steam Asparagus in the Microwave
Cook3 minutes to 4 minutes
Keys to Microwave Steamed Asparagus
- Rinse and trim the asparagus before steaming asparagus.
- Make sure the paper towel is damp, not soaking. Wet four layers of paper towels with a quarter-cup of water and squeeze the paper towels to remove any excess water.
- Roll the asparagus into a bundle and lay it flat in the microwave.
- Use tongs to remove the bundle from the microwave.
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 3 minutes to 4 minutes
- 1 pound
asparagus, preferably thin or medium thickness
- 1/2 teaspoon
Measuring cups and spoons
Trim the asparagus: Trim the bottom 1 to 1 1/2-inches of woody stem from the bottom of the asparagus. Rinse the asparagus.
Dampen the paper towels: Dampen 4 large paper towels with 1/4 cup water. Wring out any excess and stack the paper towels on top of each other. Lay the asparagus on the paper towels in a single layer.
Season the asparagus: Sprinkle the asparagus with the salt.
Roll the paper towels around the asparagus: Roll the paper towels into a bundle with the asparagus. You should have a spiral of asparagus with paper towels in between.
Microwave the asparagus: Place the bundle in the microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. Check for doneness — the asparagus should be tender crisp. Microwave for 1 minute more on high if needed.
Remove from the microwave using tongs: Using tongs, carefully remove the asparagus from the microwave.
Serve: Dress the warm asparagus with a pat of butter or hollandaise sauce.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.