How to Microwave Asparagus
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
A telltale sign of spring, asparagus steams beautifully in the microwave. Stalks quickly become tender with just the right amount of crisp, turning into a vibrant green color along the way. Thicker stalks will need a bit more time to cook than thinner ones.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Asparagus
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|Microwave in an Anyday dish||2-4 mins|
|Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)*||20 mins|
Step by Step: Microwaving Asparagus
Trim the woody asparagus ends.
Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
Cook in the microwave.
Asparagus is done when bright green and tender.
All you need to know about microwaving asparagus
How long does it take to cook asparagus in the microwave?
|7-8 (6 ounces) asparagus, trimmed||2-3 mins|
|14-16 (12 ounces) asparagus, trimmed||5-6 mins|
Asparagus takes around 2-5 minutes to cook in the microwave. Larger asparagus stalksΩ may take more time to cook, while thinner asparagus will take less time. Be sure to trim the ends of the asparagus stalks before eating.
How to microwave frozen asparagus?
Frozen asparagus typically come par-cooked, so make sure not to overcook. Place frozen asparagus in an Anyday dish, add 1 tablespoon of water, and cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook on high for 2-3 minutes until hot, adding more time as needed.
How to microwave canned asparagus?
To microwave canned asparagus, strain the stalks and place them in an Anyday dish. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook on high for 1-2 minutes until hot. Canned asparagus come par-cooked so make sure not to overcook. As canned asparagus is typically stored in water, you do not need to add extra moisture to the dish.
How to steam asparagus without a steamer?
Don’t have a steamer? No problem! Cooking with an Anyday dish is faster and easier than setting up a steamer over the stove. Simply add asparagus to an Anyday dish, cover with the lid, and microwave on full power for 2-3 minutes.
How to prepare asparagus for the grill?
Cook the asparagus in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the asparagus is bright green but still has a bite. Lightly coat the asparagus with cooking spray and transfer to a hot grill. Grill on both sides until char marks appear.