Mr. Asparagus Recipes
Mike Horrall with Ron Harris of MCL
Cooking Asparagus Tips:
To steam in a sauce,steamer or frying pan, put 1 pound of fresh asparagus spears or two-inch asparagus pieces in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add salt, pepper and butter, if desired. Cover. Cook 4-6 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
To microwave fresh asparagus, put 1 pound fresh spears in a microwave-safe rimmed plate or shallow dish. Add 1/4 cup water and cover tightly. Microwave at 100 percent power for 4-7 minutes for spears, 3-5 minutes for pieces. Stir or turn halfway through cooking time.
For Frozen asparagus, place frozen spears in a microwave-safe plate and shallow dish. If cooking whole spears, arrange with tips in the center. Add 2 tablespoons water and cover tightly. Microwave at 100 percent power for 4-7 minutes, depending upon the quantity cooked. Spears take longer to cook than cut-up asparagus. Stir or rearrange the asparagus halfway through the cooking time.
For canned asparagus, drain all but 1 tablespoon liquid. Transfer asparagus and remaining liquid to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 100 percent power for 2-4 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time.