Asparagus newbie here! Are they supposed to taste crunchy?

I have a diet plan that I'm on that requires me to eat asparagus. I microwaved it in the oven. It's tender, but sort of crunchy and it doesn't really taste good. Did I cook it right? Also, which is the best part to eat - tips, bottoms or the whole thing?


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overcooked asparagus is pretty gross and smells bad too. Tips and middle are best. Try to get smaller ones as it would be less woody. I like them stir fried with sesame oil, red pepper flakes & ginger or steamed with a tiny bit of fresh olive oil and fresh lemon zest.

and of course, there's asparagus soup. Very filling and very good. If you like broccoli soup, you should enjoy this.
I love asparagus. I cook a batch for dinner and and eat the leftovers for lunch. My favorite way to cook it is drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and add 1 crushed clove of garlic, and kosher salt and pepper to taste. Put in in a pan under the broiler for a couple of minutes, you'll need to stir them halfway through. Timing is tricky because it depends on how thick they are. I like mine on the crunchy side. They are good hot, or cold like this.

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