I have a ton of asparagus but no time to cook it the traditional steamer way. Is there a recommended microwave method someone would recommend? Earlier today I sliced some into 2 inch bits, put them in a bowl together with lemon juice, butter, and garlic. It was DECENT at best.

Any ideas?

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    This appears to be a recipe request, and as such is off topic.
    – razumny
    Mar 5, 2014 at 7:19
  • uhhh if this site isn't supposed to talk about cooking, what is it for?
    – user23616
    Mar 6, 2014 at 0:38
  • As per the Tour page (cooking.stackexchange.com/tour): Don't ask about Recipe swapping ("I need a recipe for banana cream pie!")
    – razumny
    Mar 6, 2014 at 8:43
  • As asparagus only takes 5-6 minutes to steam, plus the time to boil a little water in a kettle (quicker and more energy-efficient than heating from cold in a pan), just how restricted is your time? Mar 6, 2014 at 9:57

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I would not recommend using the microwave for two reasons:

  • It does not scale up well as you add mass to the cooking chamber
  • The shape and size of asparagus is almost designed to fit into the fact that microwave ovens tend to cook unevenly

Instead, if you wish to cook a large amount of asparagus in a reasonably short period of time, I recommend roasting. The method is very forgiving, but an approach similar to this will give you good results:

  • Preheat your oven to approximately 400 F / 200 C.
  • Clean and trim your asparagus.
  • Please the asparagus in a shallow layer on a sheet pan, and season with salt, pepper, herbs, olive oil, and/or lemon juice as you desire.
  • Roast approximately 10-15 minutes until it is slightly browned, and cooked through to your liking

While this technique does not cook a small amount of asaparagus terribly quickly, it does not get any slower for larger batches, and so is probably your most effective method.

Also, many people consider the outcome especially delicious, more so than steaming or microwaving.

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