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Simply Steamed Asparagus Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Simply Steamed Asparagus

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"Makes even tough asparagus, tender and tasty! Try using vinaigrette dressing in place of the butter too."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins
  • READY IN

    15 mins

Directions

  1. Place water in the bottom half of a steamer pan set. Add salt and butter, and bring to a boil.
  2. Trim the dry ends off of the asparagus. If the spears are thick, peel them lightly with a vegetable peeler. Place them in the top half of the steamer pan set. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the asparagus, or until asparagus is tender.
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Footnotes

  • If you do not have a steamer pan set, you can use a steamer basket inserted into a large pot.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 08, 2008

This is certainly simple! Simple, but delcious! Followed recipe exactly until the end, at which point, we added a little more butter and salt just before serving. It may not have been necessary, but my boyfriend is used to an Italian asparagus recipe, that includes pan-frying in lots of oil AND butter (yummy, but SO MUCH FAT!), and I want to slowly get him used to a healthier version. Next time, I'll try omitting the extra salt and butter. We steamed for a tad bit too long so the stems were slimy, but the tops were just delicious! That was purely our own fault, and not the fault of the recipe - I'm just including it here as a warning to other members - please be careful about cooking too long! It's really a great, simple, healthy recipe, and I think it deserves more attention. :-)

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 12, 2010

It's a total waste of butter to add it to the water. Add it to the finished product.

 
Sep 23, 2006

Great! My first time making steamed asparagus-- I had no idea how long to steam. This recipe really helped.

 
Jul 24, 2003

This was really good. My husband said this is his favorite way of preparing asparagus. Before I served this I sprinkled some lime juice over the spears for a little kick. Make sure to do this right before you plan on serving...otherwise the acidity from the lime makes the drippings turn red. Will use this often!!

 
Feb 12, 2004

This is my first time to steam asparagus, so compared to other methods, I really don't know how much better this one is. However, the asparagus was very good & I will make it again. I knew it was a hit when my husband ate the entire stalk of each one. Thinning the bases of the stalk with a vegetable peeler was a helpful hint.

 
Jan 18, 2011

Asparagus is so simple to make and doesn't require anything fancy to taste great. I steam my asparagus like this in just a little bit of water, and then no steamer basket is needed. Then, once it is a bright green color I saute it in a tad of olive oil for about a minute and sprinkle with a little salt. Yum!

 
Jul 24, 2003

Exactly as the name states. I used "dill vinaigrette" (from this site) instead of the butter. Basic, but good. Thanks Kim.

 
Jun 30, 2004

I love vegetables with absolutely nothing on them, so this recipe was for me. The asparagus turned out beatifully, not to mushy, not to bland. I'll use it again!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 32 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 160 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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