Asparagus is one of my favorite foods, so I give you this superb and simple way to use this amazing vegetable in your kitchen.


  • ¼ cup sake
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black beans, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1-½ tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 dried hot red chiles
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. thin asparagus, cut on the diagonal into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
  • Salt
  • Toasted sesame oil, for drizzling


In a small bowl, whisk the sake with the black beans. Heat a wok or large skillet. Add the peanut oil and heat until small puffs of smoke appear around the edge. Add the ginger, sugar, chiles and garlic and stir-fry over high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the asparagus and stir-fry until bright green, about 2 minutes. Add the sake mixture and stir-fry until the asparagus are crisp-tender and the sauce has reduced to a glaze, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the scallions and 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds and season with salt. Transfer the asparagus to a platter, drizzle with the sesame oil and serve.


Chinese, Vegetable Dishes


Andrew Zimmern


4 servings




Asian : East Asian



preparation times

• Total Time: 25 Minutes