If you're wondering how long to steam asparagus in a stove top steamer basket, there's no straight answer. I recommend 3 minutes to preserve some color and texture, but it depends on your tastes, as well as the size of the asparagus.
What you will need
1 bunch of asparagus
1/4 cup mayonnaise
How to cook
Asparagus dries out at the base as it sits. You can avoid this by storing it with the stem just slightly submerged in water. You will still want to remove a portion of the stem.
By bending the tip of the stem, the asparagus should snap where it becomes tender. This is a good trick for removing the part of the stalk that is to tough to eat.
Get some water and your steamer basket set up. Crank up the heat until you get some steam, then back it off to a gentle simmer.
3 minutes is my go-to time for most vegetable steaming. I just want enough steam to fix the color and take the bite off without making your vegetables mushy.
I like to dip asparagus in mayonnaise that's got a little lemon or lime juice mixed in. It's super easy, just squeeze about a lime or half a lemon worth of juice into a big scoop of mayo.
I can eat these by the bunch in the spring.