Perfectly Steamed Asparagus with Hurry-Up Hollandaise


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Editor's Note: When it comes to steamed asparagus recipes, you can't go wrong with the classics! This recipe for Perfectly Steamed Asparagus with Hurry-Up Hollandaise will be a sophisticated addition to just about any menu you have planned. You can serve this easy-to-make vegetable side dish as a savory addition to your brunch menu, making it the perfect accompaniment to just about any egg casserole. Are you hosting a more formal lunch or dinner? Then you'll love whipping up this delightful recipe for your next get-together with friends, too. Asparagus will be anything but boring when you include this sauce!

Fresh vegetables are even easier to find now due to farmers’ markets, CSA farms, and the grocery store shift to buying local produce. Home kitchens do not need to be filled with high-priced cookware and gimmicky gadgets, but some recipes are only as good as the equipment with which they are prepared. To get the most out of produce like asparagus, purchase a double boiler-like steamer set with a top section that has holes in the base and fits snugly into the bottom. The distance between the boiling water and the bottom of the insert allows the pot to work up a good head of steam to send on up to the vegetables.


Cooking MethodSteaming



Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Side Dish


Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and TextureCreamy, Rich, Savory, Tangy, Tart

Type of DishVegetable



  1. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus spears. Add water to a steamer with a steamer insert or basket; the water should not touch the bottom of the insert. Bring the water to a boil and add the asparagus to the insert. Steam, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Cover and steam for 3 to 5 minutes longer or until tender-crisp, checking occasionally for the desired degree of doneness. Serve with Hurry-Up Hollandaise.

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