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Large cream plate with cooked asparagus and lemon slices.

How To Microwave Asparagus

  • Author: Rae Aflatooni
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Tender asparagus is a healthy and delicious side dish. Cooking it in the microwave is an easy way to take raw asparagus and cook it to perfection for any meal in a pinch. Here’s how you can use your microwave oven to get that asparagus ready for dinner tonight!


  • 1 bunch of asparagus (roughly 1 pound or 450 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 small lemon, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Wash the asparagus well. (No need to dry them afterward. A little water is a benefit.)
  2. Cut the bottoms of the asparagus spears off. You can do this with a knife by cutting off the woody part at the end. (This usually entails cutting off about 2 inches (or 5 centimeters.))
  3. Lay the prepped asparagus out on a microwave-safe dinner plate. (A microwave-safe bowl, microwave-safe baking dish, or another microwave-safe dish will work too.)

    (For a different method, you can use your hands. Hold the bottom of the asparagus spear in your right hand between your thumb and index finger. Then hold the top half in your left hand. Bend the asparagus stalk until the woody ends break off. (It will naturally break the woody part off this way.) Repeat this until all the asparagus has been processed.) 
  4. Add a tablespoon of water to the plate, lemon slices, and minced garlic. Then cover it with an upside-down dinner plate.
  5. Place in the microwave and cook for about 3-minutes. For very thin asparagus, cooking it for 2-minutes might be more appropriate. Whereas, for thicker asparagus, cooking it for closer to 5-minutes may be necessary.

    (If your desired softness isn’t reached after this allotted cooking time, continue cooking asparagus in 30-second to 1-minute increments.) 


  6. Use oven mitts! Remove the cooked asparagus from the microwave.
  7. Remove the top plate, being careful to avoid the hot steam underneath.
  8. Drizzle avocado oil over the asparagus and sprinkle the salt and pepper on top.


Storage Tips

If you have any of your microwave-steamed leftover asparagus, it will be wonderful for lunch or to repurpose in your cooking tomorrow night. Thankfully, asparagus keeps well when you put it in an airtight container.

Store in the fridge:

Store leftover asparagus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

Store in the freezer:

Since asparagus has such a high water content, the texture will not be ideal if you freeze it. So, I recommend making only what you can feasibly eat in a few days’ time.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave

Keywords: easy side dish