Recommended times for microwaving asparagus vary, but it takes approximately three to five minutes to cook 1 pound of fresh asparagus in the microwave. Frozen asparagus requires up to seven minutes, while canned asparagus requires only two minutes.
Adjust the cooking times according to personal preference. A shorter cooking time yields a crisp, firm result, while a longer cooking time makes for more tender asparagus. Microwave asparagus in a covered microwavable bowl with water or broth to keep it juicy. Include seasonings for extra flavor. Additionally, stirring the asparagus halfway through the cooking process helps it cook more evenly. Alternatively, another method omits the use of a microwavable bowl by wrapping fresh asparagus with damp paper towels before cooking.