Quick and Delicious: Stir-fried Asparagus

Cast iron skillet

If you’re an appreciater of asparagus, it’s probably one of the things you look forward to in spring.  It’s a tender little vegetable, and so cooking it is quick.  Whether or not it’s delicious is for you to decide!  😉

I’ve enjoyed several batches of asparagus this spring stir-fried simply with soy sauce and fresh ginger more or less like this:

  1. Pour 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil plus a drizzle or two of sesame oil into a skillet.
  2. Chop asparagus into 1 inch lengths.
  3. Chop about 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root and add to skillet with asparagus.
  4. Stir fry over high to medium-high heat for a few minutes.  If it seems dry, add a little more sesame oil.
  5. As it’s cooking, sprinkle some soy sauce on top and continue to stir fry.
  6. Cook the asparagus to the desired tenderness (probably better stop before it gets mushy, which can happen quickly!  Test it with a fork as you’re cooking, so that you know when it’s done.).
  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!  (I’ve eaten it both hot and cold, as leftovers, and think it’s pretty good both ways.)

Do you have any favorite ways of enjoying asparagus?


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