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Steamed Asparagus

My favorite way to eat asparagus is to make steamed asparagus, dressed with a simple sauce of melted butter, lemon juice and garlic.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 70kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, medium thickness (about 20 spears)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (not table salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Pour 1 inch of water into a saucepan. Fit a steamer basket into the saucepan. Bring the water to a boil. (If you prefer to use the microwave, refer to the Notes section below).
  • Chop off about an inch from the bottom of the asparagus. There's generally no need to peel them since we're using medium-thickness spears, but if some of the spears are very thick or woody, go ahead and peel the bottom.
  • Once the water has boiled, place the asparagus in the steamer basket. Cover and steam until the asparagus are just barely tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the asparagus from the steamer and transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle the steamed asparagus with melted butter and lemon juice, and sprinkle with kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.


If you don't own a steamer, you can steam the asparagus in the microwave: wash and trim the asparagus. Place in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon water to the bowl. Cover tightly with a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes for one bunch of asparagus, until tender-crisp.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g