If you want to know how to cook asparagus, this helpful guide for mastering these green stalks is your best kitchen helper. Find out how to choose, prepare and cook asparagus for best results and learn how to cook asparagus like a Kraft Kitchens Expert.
Select bright, green asparagus with closed, compact and firm tips. Look for cut ends that are not dry. Select asparagus stalks that are the same thickness so cooking will be uniform. The thickness of the stalk does not influence quality.
The bottom of an asparagus stalk is edible, but it can be tough and stringy, so snap off before cooking.
If you are using thick stalks, peel the tough skins from the bottom third of with a vegetable peeler.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, drop asparagus in and cook until just tender, 4-5 min.
Serve cooked asparagus with lemon slices.