Makes even tough asparagus, tender and tasty! Try using vinaigrette dressing in place of the butter too.

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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 water in the bottom half of a steamer pan set. Add salt and butter, and bring to a boil.

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  • Trim the dry ends off of the asparagus. If the spears are thick, peel them lightly with a vegetable peeler. Place them in the top half of the steamer pan set. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the asparagus, or until asparagus is tender.

Note:

If you do not have a steamer pan set, you can use a steamer basket inserted into a large pot.

Nutrition Facts

31.7 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 4.4g 1% DV; fat 1.2g 2% DV; cholesterol 2.7mg 1% DV; sodium 160.1mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2008
This is certainly simple! Simple, but delcious! Followed recipe exactly until the end, at which point, we added a little more butter and salt just before serving. It may not have been necessary, but my boyfriend is used to an Italian asparagus recipe, that includes pan-frying in lots of oil AND butter (yummy, but SO MUCH FAT!), and I want to slowly get him used to a healthier version. Next time, I'll try omitting the extra salt and butter. We steamed for a tad bit too long so the stems were slimy, but the tops were just delicious! That was purely our own fault, and not the fault of the recipe - I'm just including it here as a warning to other members - please be careful about cooking too long! It's really a great, simple, healthy recipe, and I think it deserves more attention. :-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2010
It's a total waste of butter to add it to the water. Add it to the finished product. Read More
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130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2008
This is certainly simple! Simple, but delcious! Followed recipe exactly until the end, at which point, we added a little more butter and salt just before serving. It may not have been necessary, but my boyfriend is used to an Italian asparagus recipe, that includes pan-frying in lots of oil AND butter (yummy, but SO MUCH FAT!), and I want to slowly get him used to a healthier version. Next time, I'll try omitting the extra salt and butter. We steamed for a tad bit too long so the stems were slimy, but the tops were just delicious! That was purely our own fault, and not the fault of the recipe - I'm just including it here as a warning to other members - please be careful about cooking too long! It's really a great, simple, healthy recipe, and I think it deserves more attention. :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2006
Great! My first time making steamed asparagus-- I had no idea how long to steam. This recipe really helped. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
This was really good. My husband said this is his favorite way of preparing asparagus. Before I served this I sprinkled some lime juice over the spears for a little kick. Make sure to do this right before you plan on serving...otherwise the acidity from the lime makes the drippings turn red. Will use this often!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2010
It's a total waste of butter to add it to the water. Add it to the finished product. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
Asparagus is so simple to make and doesn't require anything fancy to taste great. I steam my asparagus like this in just a little bit of water, and then no steamer basket is needed. Then, once it is a bright green color I saute it in a tad of olive oil for about a minute and sprinkle with a little salt. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
This is my first time to steam asparagus so compared to other methods I really don't know how much better this one is. However the asparagus was very good & I will make it again. I knew it was a hit when my husband ate the entire stalk of each one. Thinning the bases of the stalk with a vegetable peeler was a helpful hint. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
Exactly as the name states. I used "dill vinaigrette" (from this site) instead of the butter. Basic but good. Thanks Kim. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2004
I love vegetables with absolutely nothing on them so this recipe was for me. The asparagus turned out beatifully not to mushy not to bland. I'll use it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2007
Simple and tasty! It is also good for steaming a large bunch to snack on cold at a later time- not too squishy. Read More
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