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microwave asparagus on white platter with lemon slices and parmesan cheese
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Microwave Asparagus

Learn How to Microwave Asparagus in just 3 minutes with this easy recipe. Steamed asparagus is a quick, healthy side dish perfect for spring. It pairs beautifully with your favorite main dish and tastes absolutely delicious.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 48kcal
Author Dee
Cost $3


  • microwave


  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional
  • pinch sea salt, pepper, garlic powder optional


  • Rinse asparagus under cold water, and trim off ends
    bend asparagus in 2 hands
  • Place in microwave safe dish. Optional -- add 1 teaspoon water, 1 tablespoon butter and pinch of sea salt, garlic powder and pepper
    raw asparagus with butter in glass baking dish
  • Place dish in microwave, cover, making sure to vent for steam. Cook for 3 minutes for tender crisp and 4 minutes for softer texture
    asparagus in microwave with cover


For 2 bunches of asparagus cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
All microwave ovens are different. Perfect texture and cook time varies with wattage, power, make and model.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 938IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg