You start with uncooked asparagus correct?
I ONLY microwave steam my asparagus. I clean and rinse them, then place them in a container, nothing added to them at all, cover and steam just till tender crisp. I steam just about all my veggies this way including corn on the cob. Veggies have enough moisture none is needed. There are several exceptions - I DO added water to steam artichokes and I boil taters for mashed.
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