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Steamed asparagus

Easy Steamed Asparagus

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Making steamed asparagus unlocks the vibrant flavor and tender-crisp perfection! This simple method delivers a healthy and delicious side dish ready in minutes. It’s ideal for busy weeknights or a quick addition to any meal.


  • 1 large bunch asparagus
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Wash and dry the asparagus. Chop off the tough ends of the stalks and discard them. Cut the stalks into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Boil the water: Add water to a pot so that the surface is right under the steamer basket. Add the steamer basket and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Steam: Once boiling, add the asparagus. Steam with the lid on for about 2 to 5 minutes until crisp tender at the thickest portion, taste testing with a fork to assess doneness. Take care not to overcook it.
  4. Season: Carefully remove the asparagus to a bowl, draining away any water. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan