How to Cook Asparagus

Enjoy a side dish of asparagus with your next meal. We show you how to cook asparagus to a crisp, flavorful finish.

Ever wondered home with asparagus from a farmer's market and wondered, "How do I cook asparagus?" You're in the right place. Simply line up the spears on a cutting board. Stem ends together and cut about one inch off the stem. Bring a shallow amount of water to boiling in a large skillet. Add asparagus spears and cook covered until crisp tender about three to five minutes. A word of warning, there is a huge difference between perfectly cooked asparagus and overcooked asparagus. Do not answer the phone during cooking. Time to serve them up. Use tongs to transfer your asparagus to the serving tray. You can enjoy your cooked asparagus plain or add salt, pepper, and squeeze of lemon juice to season.