Let's start learning how to steam asparagus in the traditional way. You will need a small diameter pan, so that the bundle remains upright.
Amazon offer a number of Stainless Steel asparagus steamers that do the job perfectly. They normally contain a wire basket, which holds the vegetables and enables you to take them out easily once they are cooked.
Bring the pan of salted water to the boil. Plunge the bundle of asparagus into the water with the tips uppermost. The tips should extend above the water. Pop on the lid. This will boil the spears while the tips will steam until tender. Cook for about 5-8 minutes.
If you don't have an asparagus steamer you can put the asparagus into a pan of water, wide enough to hold the asparagus without bending it. Bring the water to the boil, and then cook the spears for about 7-10 minutes, depending on how firm you like them.
Serve with melted butter or a hollandaise sauce.