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5 Ways to Reheat Asparagus without Ruining its Flavor

Did you know that Epicure prized Asparagus in Roman times for its texture and flavor? It is a delicious side dish to ham, meat, and potatoes. However, it is also eaten in salads.

If you have leftovers you can reheat your asparagus. The method you use has some impact on the results, and how delicious your meal will be.

I’ll present you with five ways to reheat your delicious asparagus:

  1. Baking it in an oven
  2. Microwave it
  3. Air fry it
  4. Boil it in water
  5. Steam it

Green or White Asparagus?

In the US, like in many places of the world, green asparagus is most common. It is more robust and can be reheated with less loss of flavor.

In parts of France and most of Germany, white asparagus is preferred. It is mostly cooked or steamed and reheating is more delicate.

Reheating Asparagus in the oven

If your asparagus was grilled or baked in the first place, you can reheat it in the oven.

Aspargus prepared on a backing sheet, ready to go into the oven

How to reheat asparagus in the convection oven?

  1. Preheat your oven to 340°F (or 170°C) with convection turned on
  2. Place your asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet
  3. Place a wet towel over the asparagus spears
  4. Heat in the oven for 3 – 4 minutes.

If you like your asparagus to become more crunchy, remove the towel after half the time.

How to reheat green asparagus in a non-convection oven?

The procedure is similar to the convection oven.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 175°C) with upper and lower heat
  2. Place your asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet
  3. Spray some water or light olive oil on the vegetables
  4. Heat in the oven for 3 – 5 minutes.
A table top oven, empty

How to reheat asparagus in a microwave

Heating asparagus in the microwave is the fastest way to enjoy your vegetables for a second meal. Here is the simple procedure:

  1. Place the green asparagus in a single layer on a microwave-safe dish
  2. Cover the vegetable with a wet paper towel
  3. Heat the asparagus for 30 sec per serving. Heat for 50 seconds for 2 servings and add another 20 seconds for every additional serving.

In a microwave, you can also add a second layer of spears on top of the wet paper towel and add a second wet layer of paper. Because the microwave heats the vegetables not by convection, but by heating their water content.

Using an air fryer to reheat asparagus

If you have an air fryer you can use it to warm up your leftover asparagus. Air fryers are quite efficient to heat a small batch of asparagus. Essentially they are small convection ovens. The process there goes quicker, because of the limited space.

How to reheat green asparagus in an air fryer?

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (or 175°C)
  2. Place your asparagus in a single layer on a tray
  3. Spray some water or light olive oil on the vegetables
  4. Reheat in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes.

Warm asparagus in water

If you cooked the asparagus in water originally, you can also reheat it the same way.

  1. bring the water to a boil
  2. Add a little salt and some butter
  3. Add the asparagus
  4. Wait until the water boils again + 30 seconds

Warming up your asparagus in water can make it softer, for some people it becomes too mushy. However, that is up to you. Especially for white asparagus it often does not make that much of a difference. Especially if you add a creamy sauce and season to compensate for the loss of flavor in the water.

White asparagus boiling in water next to a sauce hollandaise
Image by donations welcome from Pixabay

Use a steamer to refresh the asparagus

If you have a steamer, you can use it to reheat your vegetables. Here is how to do it:

  1. Bring your steamer up to temperature
  2. Add some salt to the water
  3. Add the asparagus spears
  4. Steam for about 3 minutes

Like boiling the vegetables for a second time, steaming softens the stems a bit more. So be very careful to limit the time only until it is hot and served right away.

Steaming vegetables also incurs a loss of flavor from seasoning, so you want to sample and add seasoning accordingly.

I’d recommend this method only for asparagus that was already steamed or boiled.

How to keep cooked asparagus warm?

If you have to keep asparagus warm, you should not fully cook it in the first place. You can keep a dish with asparagus under an infrared heating lamp. If it is grilled or baked, cover it with a warm damp cloth.

If the dish is already garnished, mist it with some warm water a few times. If you have to keep it warm for longer than 15 minutes, I’d rather reheat it in the microwave.

Two commercial food heat lamps to keep dishes warm, before serving
Photo by Ambitious Creative Co. – Rick Barrett on Unsplash


If you have extra asparagus from a meal you can enjoy its taste for a second time by reheating it. The most preserving method is to use the microwave. It is also the fastest and needs the least amount of energy.

If you want to add some flavor you can reheat it in the oven and grill it a little extra in the process.

You can experiment with the different methods and find out what suits your taste best.

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