Microwave Asparagus

Microwave Asparagus

Too often asparagus is cooked to death. Even outside of the boiled asparagus of my youth, it’s quite easy to overcook. Therefore, my two favorite ways to cook it are quick and simple. The first is to  broil it with Parmesan, and this is the second. It’s wrapped in paper towels, microwaved quick to steam it, and then you can finish it however you’d like. Grated Parmesan, simple salt and pepper, or here I use grated nutmeg and lemon zest. However you season it, this technique is quick, simple, and delicious.

Start by cutting the bottom 1/5 off the asparagus to remove the tough stems.

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Next, take 4 paper towels and pour 1/4 cup water over them. Lay the asparagus out over them in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.

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Roll them up and microwave for 3 and a half minutes on high. Remove carefully from the microwave with tongs or hot pads, and unroll.

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Sprinkle over with the zest of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.

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That’s it! Quick and easy.

Microwave Asparagus

Microwave Asparagus
 
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Recipe adapted from Alton Brown
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting the bottom ⅕ off the asparagus to remove the tough stems.
  2. Next, take 4 paper towels and pour ¼ cup water over them. Lay the asparagus out over them in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Roll them up and microwave for 3 and a half minutes on high. Remove carefully from the microwave with tongs or hot pads, and unroll.
  4. Sprinkle over with the zest of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.

 

{ 1 comment… add one }
  • SallyBR February 22, 2015, 9:46 am

    Now if that is not a coincidence, I don’t know what is! I did just that with broccolini last night, but I managed to slightly overcook it, which is a shame!

    I am going to use your paper towel method next time – I actually finished the broccolini with a quick sautee in olive oil and lemon zest – but I think your approach is better….

    Hope you had a great weekend, and the best part: it’s NOT over yet!
    😉

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