This is the best way to cook asparagus to enjoy it's flavor. It comes out absolutely perfect. For the wine, we recommend Pinot Grigio.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place asparagus in a microwave-safe dish. Pour in wine, and dot with pieces of butter.

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  • Cover loosely, and cook in the microwave on High for 3 minutes, or until bright green and tender. Allow the dish to stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

86.4 calories; 2.6 g protein; 4.8 g carbohydrates; 15.3 mg cholesterol; 43.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2006
This recipe makes some of the most amazing asparagus I've had. However the recommended cooking time yeilds a crunchier asparagus so if you are a fan of soft aspargus just zap it a little longer. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2003
Good but tasted too much like wine and too little like asparagus. Next time I'll use 1/2 wine and 1/2 water. Read More
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91 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2006
This recipe makes some of the most amazing asparagus I've had. However the recommended cooking time yeilds a crunchier asparagus so if you are a fan of soft aspargus just zap it a little longer. Read More
(305)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2006
This recipe makes some of the most amazing asparagus I've had. However the recommended cooking time yeilds a crunchier asparagus so if you are a fan of soft aspargus just zap it a little longer. Read More
(305)
Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2003
Good but tasted too much like wine and too little like asparagus. Next time I'll use 1/2 wine and 1/2 water. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2003
This was a quick easy and tasty side dish. I used Pinot Grigio as suggested and it came out just fine in a matter of minutes. This is the perfect side when the rest of your meal is laborious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
The flavor of the asparagus was PERFECT. We did these in the Ziploc Zip 'n Steam bags for 3 minutes as the bag directed and just put the wine and butter in the bag with the fresh asparagus. Perfect texture and absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/13/2007
I'm a big wine drinker & I really expected to like this but I hated it...hubby said "it's not THAT bad". I did use a pinot grigio (one of my favorite wines) but the taste was overwhelming. Perhaps I'd like it better cooked over the stovetop giving the wine more time to burn off. I did add some chopped garlic. I'm sorry to give this such a low score Deb but I feel that I must to be fair. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
I used a white zinfandel and found this to be wonderful - the way I'll always cook asparagus from now on. Just enough flavor to make it interesting yet not overpowering so it's still great with spicy main dishes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/24/2007
I was pretty excited to try this but found it to be kindof blah. I think plain steamed asparagus with salt and pepper is much better. It was very easy though 3 minutes leaves the asparagus practically raw. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2011
I took advice from others and added garlic salt and pepper... as well as the Pinot Grigio and butter. I also garnished with dill. The resulting dish was very tasty. Since there is considerable variation in member's comments I might add that perhaps the quality of ingredients could be an issue. For example if you start with a cheap wine don't expect stellar results. If you add garlic salt rather than garlic and salt don't expect a miracle. The same applies to the freshness of all ingredients from asparagus (which can be like wood) to pepper. If you are not using a pepper mill then you are not using pepper. Think sawdust. Fortunately salt is a rock. Even then sea salt tastes very different from rock salt. Just some food for thought.:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2004
This was wonderful! I did it with a reisling because it's my favorite... but regardless I don't know if I'll go back to aspar. any other way!:-) Read More
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