Steamed Asparagus isn’t just crunchy and delicious, it’s also a healthy and easy side dish you can make right in your microwave.
You really can only eat so many microwave meals with their weird rubbery veggies before you just want something fresh and crispy for a change. Looking for more Side Dish Recipes? You can also try our Microwave Baked Potato or Microwave Broccoli recipes.
MICROWAVE STEAMED ASPARAGUS
So the first thing that happens when we all become adults is that we realize that eating veggies isn’t the chore we thought it was as children. Vegetables are actually awesome, and they’re necessary if you don’t want scurvy (don’t look up scurvy unless you’ve got a strong stomach. Just eat your veggies instead.) One of the best sources of iron and antioxidants in the vegetable world is asparagus, which is handy since it is so delicious and simple to cook.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a big pot and a stovetop, you can steam asparagus in your microwave and you don’t even need to dirty a bunch of dishes to do it. All you need is some damp paper towel and you’re good to go.
HOW TO MAKE MICROWAVE STEAMED ASPARAGUS
- Trim the asparagus.
- Roll in a wet paper towel.
- Microwave for 3 minutes.
VARIATIONS AND MICROWAVE STEAMED ASPARAGUS
Asparagus is great with a variety of different add-ins, and you can infuse a lot of flavors just by cooking it in simple ingredients. Here are some good things to try if you want to spice up your dinner a little bit (pun intended.)
- Melted butter
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Garlic salt
- Onion salt
- Cajun seasoning
- Italian seasoning
DELICIOUS MEALS TO EAT WITH YOUR ASPARAGUS:
WHAT TO SERVE WITH MICROWAVE STEAMED ASPARAGUS
Asparagus is like the ultimate back-up dancer: pair it with any rock star main course and it just makes everything better. You can pair asparagus up with everything from meatloaf to a Kraft Mac and Cheese and it makes for a delicious side dish.
SAVE SOME FOR LATER
Put any leftover asparagus in a sealable bag and put it in the fridge for later. You will definitely want to eat the asparagus fairly quickly after you make it, but it won’t go bad for up to a week.
$: This recipe calls for 2 ingredients and one of them is salt. There really isn’t a cheaper recipe out there, unless you choose to forgo the salt for some reason, but why do that to yourself?
- 1,000 watts or higher: Higher wattage, lower cook time. Our microwave is about 1,250 watts, but if you have one with about 1,000 watts you will want to cook for 3:00, then check it, and add another minute if needed.
- 700 watts: Microwaves under about 900 don’t heat things evenly or consistently, so don’t go anywhere while you’re cooking. Cook the asparagus for about 4:30, then add another minute as needed.
Microwave Steamed Asparagus
- 10 stalks asparagus
- 1 pinch salt
- Cut two inches off the bottom of your asparagus.
- Wrap the asparagus in a wet paper towel and place on a plate.
- Microwave for 3 minutes.