Steamed asparagus makes a very elegant appetizer or side dish.
To steam the asparagus, you need a pot fitted with a steamer basket. Put an inch of water in the pot and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, wash the asparagus and cut off the bottom inch of the stems (discard that bottom inch, as the bottom parts of the asparagus are tough).
Put the asparagus in the steamer basket. Steam for 2 to 3 minutes or until its bright green. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Don’t overcook the asparagus! Overcooked asparagus turns mushy and limp. Properly cooked asparagus should be crispy and bright. Enjoy your steamed asparagus!