|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||47%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Whether you're pressed for time or it's too hot to turn on the oven or stove (or both are occupied with other dishes), using the microwave is a quick and easy solution for cooking asparagus. A bit of onion and garlic powder, lemon juice, and butter enhance the natural flavor of asparagus and make for a delicious side dish. Serve alongside roasted chicken, grilled salmon, or your favorite pasta.
Click Play to See This Easy Microwave Side Dish Come Together
Gather the ingredients.
Trim the tough root ends from the asparagus spears, then cut them into 2-inch lengths. Place in a microwave-safe bowl with a lid.
Sprinkle the asparagus with the kosher salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Pour in the lemon juice and dot with the butter.
Cover with a lid and microwave on high power for 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir to distribute seasonings.
Cook another 2 to 3 minutes until the asparagus is tender. Stir once more before serving.
Serve and enjoy.
- Microwaving asparagus works best with thin to medium-sized spears; thicker stalks will take longer to cook and may cook unevenly.
- Check the tenderness of the asparagus after the first 2 to 3 minutes since microwaves can cook at different rates.
- After rinsing the asparagus, leave any water that clings to the spears; this will help them steam.
Asparagus is a delicious and nutritious vegetable. It's a great source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and is full of antioxidants. This spring vegetable should be a part of any healthy diet.
Ways to Serve
This seasoned microwaved asparagus can be served hot, room temperature, or cold. In addition to a side dish, the seasoned microwaved asparagus can be part of a variety of recipes. Use in an asparagus pie, risotto, a cold pasta salad, or stir-fry. The microwaved asparagus can also be a pizza topping, added to vegetable lasagna, as part of a veggie wrap, or the star of a vegetable salad.
- Fresh herbs pair beautifully with asparagus; once finished cooking, add some minced dill, chives, tarragon, or parsley and toss.
- Add about a teaspoon of lemon zest along with the other seasonings for a boost of lemon flavor.
- Top the cooked asparagus with a chopped hard-boiled egg.
- Sprinkle some toasted breadcrumbs over the finished asparagus.
- Once cooked, mix in a tablespoon or so of grated Parmesan cheese or feta cheese.
- Add some crispy pancetta to the finished dish.