Microwave Asparagus

Microwave Asparagus

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How to Steam Asparagus in the Microwave

Are you always short on time? I know the feeling. And I also know that it’s hard to eat healthy when you’re pressed to get dinner on the table.

Microwave Asparagus How to Steam Asparagus in the Microwave

Vegetables, like asparagus, may appear to require too much preparation when you’re busy but there is an alternative to boiling, roasting and sautéing it that I often use in a pinch – microwaving it.

Microwave Asparagus: Is It Healthy?

I know what you’re thinking: microwaved food?

If you’re a child of the 80s (as I am) the idea of microwaved food probably brings forth thoughts of TV dinners and diet meals wrapped in plastic. It’s no wonder that for many of us, microwave cooking is synonymous with unhealthy cooking.

In many ways though, microwave cooking beats the alternatives. It’s quicker, makes less of a mess and is… healthier.

Asparagus, as you may already know, is packed with vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamins A, C and K. The potency of these nutrients can be lost when asparagus is boiled. Roasting and sautéing are delightful, of course, but these methods often require the addition of fats, like oil and butter. Microwave asparagus, on the other hand, preserves much of the nutritional value, takes about 5 minutes total and only requires two ingredients: asparagus and water.

How to Steam Asparagus in the Microwave

Cooking asparagus in the microwave is quick and easy! Here’s how you do it:

Wash the asparagus and trim the ends.

To determine where to trim, bend one of the stalks. The inedible, woody portion of the stalk should snap off, leaving the best part of the stalk behind. Line this stalk up with the rest of the bunch and then cut off the remaining ends.

Vegan Cooking Tips & Tricks

Wrap the trimmed stalks in a double layer of paper towels.

Dampen the paper towel.

Microwave asparagus on high for ~3 minutes.

Remove the asparagus carefully. It will be steaming hot!

Slice and toss the microwave asparagus into a salad, stir fry, roll it into vegan sushi or serve it on the side!

Microwave Asparagus How to Steam Asparagus in the Microwave

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