Stir Fried Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

We all love asparagus. And while I normally don’t buy things I can grow, my asparagus patch is not large enough yet to support our desire. I actually planted it in what turned out to be a bad spot (because it shades another part of the vegetable garden at its peak) so I’m trying to split it, which will delay the year it can satisfy our need.

So I bought our first big bunch of asparagus the other day, at Costco actually. Remembering my friend’s advice from last year, I cut the ends off and stood the whole bunch in a container of water. I’ve been pulling out what we can eat each night. I’ve steamed them and roasted them and wanted to try something different last night. I saw a recipe for stir fried asparagus with roasted sesame seeds and decided to try it. Fantastic! Just what I was looking for–something to taste the asparagus but still have some more flavors going on. The original recipe called for a sliced scallion/green onion but I didn’t have any and just left it out.

1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp oil (I use olive)
1 pound or so asparagus
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar

Trim the asparagus. Cut off the tough ends and/or peel them a bit. I’m personally too lazy to peel them, so I just trim them down. Cut them into 1 inch pieces. If you want to be fancy, cut them on the diagonal which somehow looks better. It doesn’t take much more work.

Heat your frying pan up and put the sesame seeds in it. Stir them constantly until they are toasted. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.

Heat the oil in the pan. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. If you happen to have a green onion, add it at the same time. If not, skip it or add some dried onion flakes if you’d like.

Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar and stir. Cover and cook another 2-3 minutes, until the asparagus is tender. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds before serving.



  1. Anonymous says:

    asparagus tastes best when grilled, and you can do it right under the broiler in your oven. same seasonings, etc. and it tastes awesome. also check out costco for the gruyere cheese.

  2. This recipe looks really good! I’m always looking for simple but tasty veggie recipes. Thanks for linking to my blog! I look forward to reading more of yours!

  3. Culinarily Curious says:

    I followed a link from Becks & Posh to your blog — neat that we’re practically neighbors (I’m in San Ramon) with similar blog titles. 🙂 Looking forward to trying the asparagus and to following your blog.