2 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)
tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and
3 garlic
cloves, minced
tablespoon grated ginger
1 Fresno chile
or other fresh hot pepper, finely chopped
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