Asparagus steamed is a quick and easy vegan recipe that takes only 10 minutes to prepare and cooks in about 5 to 10 minutes in the microwave oven. Every spring, we find asparagus on sale in the supermarkets in our town and in the surrounding communities where we shop. They have large displays of rubber banded bunches of about 1 pound each standing in aluminum or plastic pans containing about a half inch of water to keep the spears fresh.
Asparagus Steamed Ingredients:
Asparagus Steamed Cooking Utensils:
Asparagus Steamed Preparation:
We look for the smaller and most tender spears, but even then, we have found that in almost every bunch, there will be one or two spears that are a little “woody” in the bottom portion of the stem. If the spear does have some “woody” portion, it is usually in the white part at the bottom of the spear, which can be seen on three spears in the picture above, but it is not always the case; the white portion can also be tender, so we usually don’t throw this portion away.
Before removing the rubber bands, cut off the bottom 1/2 inch of the spears. Then the rubber bands are removed and the spears are soaked in a sink of cold water while the cleaning process continues. Individually inspect each spear and remove any dirt or sand that remains. Place the spears in a vegetable steamer or in a covered microwave baking dish.
Cooking time is generally under 5 minutes per pound in a microwave set on “high”. Cook until tender (as pictured above). If the spears get long creases they are being overcooked.
Enjoy! We enjoy asparagus steamed as a main course served with a salad, or as a side dish.