Steaming asparagus is probably the most common method for cooking it, other than boiling , which destroys much of the flavor and nutritional value.
Naturally, a steamer works best, but a colander, or strainer will also suffice if a steamer is not available.
Place your steamer basket or colander [assuming it fits properly] in a saucepan. Add enough water so that it comes to the basket bottom, but doesn't come in contact with the basket or asparagus once it is added.
Boil the water . Add asparagus to the steamer basket. Cover and reduce the heat, so that a steady
slow rolling boil is attained. Steam for up to 5 minutes, but no longer. The spears should still be
slightly crisp, but also tender. Simmer and Serve.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put your asparagus spears on a baking sheet or dish, and sprinkle moderately with olive oil. Brush the oil about , if need be to fully coat he spears. I like to
season with salt, black pepper and a pinch of garlic. Roast, uncovered, for 10 - 15 minutes, until
the asparagus is crispy and still tender. Turn the spears at least twice while roasting.
Smother the asparagus in olive oil or melted butter. This will not only add flavor, but also prevent
the spears from burning onto the grill . Place your asparagus on a grill rack, or on a piece of
heavy duty aluminum foil, situated so the spears criss cross the grill wires and don't sink into
them . Preheat your gas grill then reduce the heat to medium. The asparagus should be ready in under
If using a charcoal grill, it's best place the asparagus on a grill rack directly over the coals.
Grill it for up to 10 minutes turning as necessary.
Place your asparagus spears in a microwave-safe dish, add 3 tablespoons of water per pound of
asparagus, and cover the bowl. Microwave, covered, on high until crisp but still tender. Generally 2 to 4 minutes.
If you want a more tender asparasgus, use more water and don't microwave as long.
You can also add butter, garlic oil, olive oil and some people even use sesame oil and /or assorted herbs to season to taste.