Perfect Microwave Asparagus – Microwave Asparagus with Olive Oil

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Take the confusion out of preparing asparagus by following this Perfect Microwave Asparagus recipe. The method is quick and easy, and the result is one that will soon become your go-to asparagus recipe.

Perfect Microwave Asparagus Recipe:

This is my absolute go-to asparagus recipe, and that’s saying a lot.

I am lucky enough to have a bountiful asparagus patch on my property that my Dad planted in the 1970s. Sometime in early May each year, it starts producing loads and loads of asparagus. I’m talking enough asparagus to eat it every singe day for the entire month, and I still have some leftover to freeze for later. (For instructions on how to freeze asparagus, keep reading.)

This microwave asparagus with olive oil recipe is easy as can be. For the seasoning, a simple blend of sea salt (or pink Himalayan salt), black pepper and garlic powder is all you need.

Microwave Asparagus with Olive Oil

Everyone has a different idea of how crisp or soft cooked asparagus should be. The great thing about this microwave roasted asparagus is that you are in charge of the final texture. Love it crisp with a little bite to it? Microwave it for a shorter amount of time. Prefer your microwave roasted asparagus with a soft texture? Add some time to the cook time.

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How to Make Asparagus in the Microwave:

  1. Wash asparagus; break into pieces, approximately 1 inch in size.
  2. Put asparagus in a microwave steamer bowl (like this one).
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and garlic power; stir until evenly coated.
  4. Cover with lid, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until to your desired texture.

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for for fast microwave asparagus, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Notes About How To Cook Asparagus in the Microwave:

  • This is a fast way to cook asparagus.
  • There is no need to cut the asparagus. It will naturally break into bite-sized pieces. Discard the woody ends.
  • Everyone has different preferences on the texture of cooked asparagus. If you like a bite to yours, start with 2  minutes of cooking time. Check it with a fork, and then continue to cook for 30 second intervals. Check after each one until it’s at your desired texture. I like mine a bit softer without being crunchy, so I tend to cook mine more like 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.
    • The cook time may also change if you are cooking more or less asparagus than the recipe calls. I often make a single portion which means I take the cook time down to about 2 minutes.
  • Do not add water to the microwave steamer. It is not necessary.
  • The perfect cooking vessel is a microwaveable steamer dish. Our favorite comes from Pampered Chef, but there are other brands on Amazon like this one.
  • The texture is that of roasted asparagus. Nobody will know you took a shortcut and used the microwave.
  • Tweak the seasonings with whatever you prefer. My favorite is the simple combination of salt, pepper and garlic powder.

How to Freeze Asparagus (flash freeze):

  1. Blanch washed asparagus in boiling water for 30 seconds.
  2. Immediately remove from water and plunge into ice water to stop cooking and retain green color.
  3. Once cold, remove and dry completely (very important).
  4. Lay individually in a flat layer on a sheet pan.
  5. Place sheet pan in the freezer until each spear is frozen.
  6. Remove from the sheet pan, and place in air tight resealable plastic bag.
  7. Immediately, return to the freezer.

You’ll have individually frozen asparagus spears. Pull out as many as you need from the freezer bag, and return the rest to the freezer for later. 

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Perfect Microwave Asparagus - Microwave Asparagus in Olive Oil

Take the confusion out of preparing asparagus by following this Perfect Microwave Asparagus recipe. The method is quick and easy, and the result is a roasted asparagus that will soon become your go-to asparagus recipe. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arbonne recipes, clean eating, fast microwave asparagus, fast way to make asparagus, how to freeze asparagus, how to make asparagus in the microwave, microwave asparagus, microwave roasted asparagus, perfect microwave asparagus
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus spears, washed to remove dirt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (seas salt, iodized salt or Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Break asparagus spears into bite-sized pieces, approximately 1 to 1/2 inches. Discard the woody ends.
    Take the confusion out of preparing asparagus by following this Perfect Microwave Asparagus recipe. The method is quick and easy, and the result is a roasted asparagus that will soon become your go-to asparagus recipe.
  • Put the asparagus pieces in a microwave steamer dish.
    Take the confusion out of preparing asparagus by following this Perfect Microwave Asparagus recipe. The method is quick and easy, and the result is a roasted asparagus that will soon become your go-to asparagus recipe.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir to evenly coat the asparagus.
    Take the confusion out of preparing asparagus by following this Perfect Microwave Asparagus recipe. The method is quick and easy, and the result is a roasted asparagus that will soon become your go-to asparagus recipe.
  • Cover with the microwave steamer lid. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes depending on your desired texture. Start with 2 minutes, adding 30 second increments. Check the texture with a fork. See the notes below about texture.
    Take the confusion out of preparing asparagus by following this Perfect Microwave Asparagus recipe. The method is quick and easy, and the result is a roasted asparagus that will soon become your go-to asparagus recipe.

Notes

  • This is a fast way to cook asparagus.
  • There's no need to cut the asparagus. It will naturally break into bite-sized pieces.  Discard the woody ends.
  • Everyone has different preferences on the texture of cooked asparagus.  If you like a bite to yours, start with 2  minutes of cooking time. Check it with a fork, and then continue to cook for 30 second intervals. Check after each one until it's at your desired texture. I like mine a bit more soft without being crunchy, so I tend to cook mine more like 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.
    • The cook time may also change if you are cooking up more or less asparagus than the recipe calls.  I often make a single portion which means I take the cook time down to about 2 minutes.
  • Do not add water to the microwave steamer.  It is not necessary. 
  • The perfect cooking vessel is a microwaveable steamer dish.  Our favorite comes from Pampered Chef, but there's other brands on Amazon like this one.
  • The texture is that of roasted asparagus. Nobody will know you took a shortcut and used the microwave.
  • Tweak the seasonings with whatever you prefer. My favorite is the simple combination of salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • To make perfect microwave asparagus a clean eating recipe or one that follows a 30 day clean eating challenge, use organic ingredients and substitute Pink Himalayan Salt for sea salt.
  • Try another favorite asparagus recipe of ours Asparagus Corn Salad

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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