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How to Steam Asparagus in the Microwave

Learn how to steam asparagus in the microwave in just minutes! Depending on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary. 
Prep Time1 min
Active Time4 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: steamed asparagus


  • 1 pound asparagus trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • Combine asparagus and water in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a plate and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Check for doneness.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.