Stir-Fried Sesame Asparagus with Pickled Ginger

Eli Ben-yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-yehuda

On November 19, 2018

Looking for a quick, easy way to prepare the asparagus that’s plentiful in your produce section this spring? This recipe has an Asian taste that marries sweet and sour flavors and makes a perfect side dish to broiled chicken or fish. Select firm, straight stalks with closely closed tips, whether you like pencil-thin or thick stalks. Choose stalks of uniform size for even cooking.


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  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 shallot, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 lb asparagus, tough ends removed, sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ lb shiitake mushrooms stem discarded, thinly sliced
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced pickled ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toaster
  • Directions:

    1) Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet or wok.

    2) Add the shallot and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 1 minute.

    3) Add the asparagus and mushrooms and continue to cook, tossing the vegetables constantly, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

    4) Lower the heat to medium. Add the red pepper flakes, cilantro and hoisin sauce. Stir to mix well.

    5) Place in a serving bowl. Top with ginger and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

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    Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

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