Myth. Microwave it! Boil it in a normal pot! Roast it! Grill it! There are as many ways to enjoy asparagus as there are ways to cook it and you don’t need an asparagus steamer to do it. The most basic ways to cook asparagus include boiling it in a large pot for about 4 minutes or cutting it into pieces and steaming it in a large saucepan (use a steamer basket; it should be perfectly tender-crisp in about 4 minutes).