How to Steam Asparagus in a Steamer

Asparagus is a spring vegetable which can be best cooked by steaming it. Steaming asparagus is much quicker than boiling it because it makes use of only a small quantity of water. Furthermore, steaming is a better approach than boiling because the bright green colour, flavour and nutrients of asparagus remains locked in the vegetable. Steaming asparagus dramatically reduces the chances of the vegetable being overcooked. Be sure not to serve limp, gray or overcooked asparagus; instead, it is best to steam the vegetable until it is crisp.

Things Required:

– Lidded pot
– Vegetable steamer basket
– Asparagus


  • 1

    Add about 2 inches of water in a pot and place it on a stove lit at medium heat. Cover the opening of the pot with a lid and allow time for the water to boil. The time required for boiling the water is dependent on a number of factors such as the quantity of water, material from which the pot is made etc.

  • 2

    Clean the asparagus by rinsing it thoroughly under tap water. Tough bottoms of asparagus naturally break and can then be removed when the stalks are bent. Remove all of the tough bottom parts.

  • 3

    Carefully add rinsed asparagus from the previous step in a steamer basket. Place the basket in the pot with boiling water. Just make sure that the water does not come into contact with the basket even a tiny bit. This is primarily because the basket will undoubtedly get damaged if it makes contact with boiling water.

  • 4

    Close the opening of the pot with the lid once again and allow time for the asparagus to steam. The steam rising from the hot water will accumulate in the pot. You will have to wait for about two to eight minutes for the asparagus to steam. Alternatively, your asparagus will be steamed when it changes colour to bright green and becomes crisp.

  • 5

    When the asparagus has been properly steamed, turn off the heat and take the pot off the stove. Once your asparagus is done, it is advised to serve it immediately.

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