How To Cook Asparagus If you don't have an asparagus cooker, use a frying pan to cook your asparagus. Just lay the spears in the frying pan, add enough water to just cover them and bring the water to a boil. The cooking time for asparagus depends on the thickness of the stems. Boil them for 3-6 minutes and test for doneness with a fork. They should be tender but not mushy. Drain the asparagus and return it to the pan. You can add some butter to the pan and let it melt to coat the vegetables. Lemon drizzled over the asparagus is also wonderful. Stir Fried Asparagus with Ginger and Cashews 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, cleaned and cut into 1 1/2" pieces 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 cup cashews, chopped Heat the oils together in a wok or fry pan. Cook the ginger for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the asparagus and cook for 4 minutes, until barely tender and still bright green. Stir in soy sauce and cashews and continue cooking for 2 more minutes to heat through.