How to Steam Asparagus

Fresh steamed asparagus. An easy dinner side

How to Steam Asparagus
 
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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 89 days ago

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.

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What you will need

1 bunch of asparagus

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 lime

How to cook

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 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.

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I can eat these by the bunch in the spring.

I can eat these by the bunch in the spring.

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Romana Kulichová avatar
Romana Kulichová88 days ago ☰
I love asparagus.
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Ryan Goodwin avatar
Ryan Goodwin88 days ago ☰
One of my favorites. And it means summer isn't too far off.
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Romana Kulichová85 days ago ☰
After four years I discovered this treasure in the garden :)
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