Spring is the best time to take advantage of the subtle, grassy taste of fresh asparagus. Once steamed, it goes well with eggs, ham, and cheese, or even more intense flavors, such as soy sauce and ginger.
Place a steamer basket in a large pot filled with 1 inch water. Bring to a boil. Add 1 pound trimmed asparagus, cover, and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 6 minutes.
To chill, immediately plunge in an ice bath; pat dry with paper towels.