5 years ago

Stir-Fried Spicy Asparagus

Wake up your taste buds with this fresh spring side dish! For less spiciness, remove seeds and ribs from the chili pepper before chopping.

4-6 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes


1 ½ pounds pencil-thin asparagus (can substitute larger asparagus, split lengthwise)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 Fresno chile or other fresh hot pepper, finely chopped
Large handful of basil, mint and cilantro leaves


  1. Snap off and discard the tough bottoms of each asparagus spear. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch lengths.
  2. In a wok or cast-iron skillet, heat the oil until nearly smoking. Add the asparagus, season generously with salt and pepper and stir well, making sure the asparagus is coated and glistening with oil.
  3. Continue to stir-fry over high heat for about 1 minute, until the asparagus looks bright green and barely cooked.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger and chile; stir-fry for 30 seconds more.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter and scatter leaves on top. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from New York Times