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How to Steam Asparagus on the Stove

author image Melynda Sorrels
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
How to Steam Asparagus on the Stove
A bundle of fresh green asparagus on a table with a steam tray. Photo Credit marekuliasz/iStock/Getty Images

Hailing from the lily family, asparagus is a nutritionally beneficial vegetable with a tantalizing taste. Asparagus can be enjoyed in everything from salads to casseroles or all by itself. Steaming asparagus on the stove is one the healthiest ways to prepare it while keeping its flavor intact.

Step 1

Wash the asparagus under cool running water to remove debris and any chemicals that might have been used while it was growing or in transportation.

Step 2

Break off the hard stems at the bottom with your hands and discard them.

Step 3

Cover the bottom of a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of water and bring it to a boil on the stove.

Step 4

Place a steam basket or rack in the pot and place the asparagus in it once the water starts to boil.

Step 5

Cover the pot with a lid and allow the asparagus to steam until tender for five minutes.

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