Steamed asparagus can be served whole, or it can be cut up and added to salads, pasta or vegetable dishes.
Wash all spears in cool water, making sure to clean soil and sand from tips.
Cut about an inch off bottom of each spear.
Arrange asparagus bundles upright in an asparagus cooker. Arranging them this way allows the tougher area at the bottom of the stalks to get more thorough cooking than the tender asparagus tips.
Pour in 2 inches water.
Add garlic clove, onion slice or piece of lemon if desired.
Bring to boil and then cover.