One of my favorite vegetables is definitely Asparagus, sometimes I like the meatier stalks and other times I crave the thin stalks. Truly, Asparagus is about as versatile as it gets for a vegetable. TO put it another way, it can be paired up with entrees or eaten on its own and it tastes great.
In the event that you have been served either under-cooked asparagus or over-cooked asparagus, you want to prepare it perfectly for yourself. Either undercooked or overcooked Asparagus is about as appealing as eating raw ground beef.
Under-cooked asparagus can taste clay-like (yes I have tried it) and over-cooked is just a hot mess that mushes and totally misses its calling on the delivery of yum.
The best asparagus I have ever experienced has been prepared in an electric pressure cooker, in fact, my Instant Pot. The steaming from this pressure cooker is simple perfection and can not be traded for any other. I am now going to share with you how to lavishly indulge in the best pressure cooker asparagus you will taste and the secret is that it takes minimum preparation to create!
**Update May 2019***
First things first, you can not prepare this dish unless you have an Instant Pot. If you don’t know about Instant Pots yet, I highly recommend getting one of these and save yourself some serious time.
I used my Instant Pot to create this dish, over and over, night after night for one full week to make sure that each and every time I was not imagining how wonderful this tasted and my poor family members were also subject to the nightly tasting.
Although the Instant Pot is a dream come true, you do need the proper ingredients to yield a good recipe. With this in mind, please remember, after reading the recipe I am suggesting THICK asparagus, not thin for this method of cooking (not thinner than a pencil).
1 A pound of Asparagus – cleaned and 1″ snapped off. You are taking the woody part of the stalk off as it is too tough to chew.
1 Tbsp of Onion Onion
2 Tbsp Of Olive Oil
Freshly milled Mediterranean Sea Salt & Pepper sprinkled atop
Place your steamer basket into the Instant Pot
Put your water into the Instant Pot – IT SHOULD not go beyond the steamer rack, cut back if it does. I have suggested decreasing water to a 1/2 c
Place your cleaned asparagus in the steamer basket
Drizzle the Asparagus with Olive Oil
Sprinkle the Onion Onion
Close the Instant Pot
Seal the Steaming Vent
Set to Steaming and manually adjust it to 1 minute
Once the steam cycle of 1 minute is done, USE Quick Release Method. DO NOT LET IT sealed or it will MUSH
Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper. Open Lid and Serve
- 1 Pound of Asparagus - cleaned and 1" snapped off You are taking the woody part of the stalk off as it is too tough to chew. USE FAT Asparagus
- 1/2- C of COLD Water
- 1 Steamer Rack for the Instant Pot
- 1 Tbsp of Onion Onion
- 2 Tbsp Of Olive Oil
- Freshly milled Mediterranean Sea Salt & Pepper sprinkled atop
- Place your steamer basket into the Instant Pot
- Put your water into the Instant Pot
- Place your cleaned asparagus onto the steamer basket
- Drizzle the Asparagus with Olive Oil
- Sprinkle the Onion Onion
- Close the Instant Pot
- Seal the Steaming Vent
- Set to Steaming and manually adjust it to 1 minutes
- When the 1 minutes are up, Quick Release Method. Act Fast or it will sog!
- Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper.
- Open Lid and Serve
Cook’s Tips & Tricks
Invest in an Instant Pot. Pressure Cookers are so impressive and then you can cook up a storm! In fact, I believe they are the most versatile kitchen appliance I have. Use it daily! Clean the asparagus working from the base upward, snapping off about 1″ of the woody stalk, the asparagus will snap pretty much where it needs to be snapped off from.
Did You Know This About Asparagus?
Rinse very well as dirt in the tips can taste so gritty and ruin what you create. Steamed asparagus can be used as a side dish, main dish, for dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Balsamic is a perfect accompaniment if you are looking for a boost of flavor.
Why I Love This Recipe for Asparagus
Now you have found a recipe for Asparagus that is fast, easy and so healthy. I can not even begin to tell you how many other methods I have used to prepare asparagus without the success and perfection created from the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.
Lavishly live asparagus out loud and steam it in under 2 minutes to perfection with my recipe for the best pressure cooker asparagus.
More Pressure Cooker Recipe Inspiration Ahead
Sausage and Peppers in a Pressure cooker are heavenly and perfect for any season. Add a side of Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese and you’ve got a wonderful meal. For those that love their Ribs and Corn on the Cob, you will love your pressure cooker even more after preparing this meat and veggie recipe series.
Need some Italian inspired recipes? Maybe Meatballs in tomato sauce or meat sauce and pasta in one pot? Don’t forget Pepperoni stuffed meatballs they are yummy with pasta or in a homemade papas secos rolls!
Large gatherings need Ham. I have 2 different Instant Pot Ham recipes. One is the Best Instant Pot Honey Glaze Ham (boneless) and the other is Best Instant Pot Honey Glaze Ham with a 7 pound Ham Bone IN!
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