This is probably the only dish I prepare in a microwave, but it works so well, and is a great last-minute addition of elegance and color, and is a lovely compliment to any dinner.
Small bunch asparagus
1 tbsp. hazelnut oil (or other nut oil, or olive oil)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Cut off at least 1 inch of the end of asparagus (to leave just the tender part).
Chop each asparagus spear in half.
Lay the spears in a ceramic container and pour hazelnut oil over them. Enough to cover the bottom of container.
Stir asparagus and sprinkle with sea salt.
Microwave for 3 minutes.