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Perfect Microwave 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. 
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 sea 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