Fill a 6 quart pot about 1/3 full with hot tap water. Place on stove and bring to a boil.
Wash asparagus. Trim bottoms of stems by either snapping off tough portion or by cutting off dry portion with knife and peeling off woody fibers near end with a peeler.
Place in boiling water, reduce to simmer, partially cover and cook for 7 minutes. Use tongs to remove to a serving platter.