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Asian Stir Fried Asparagus | An easy side dish with soy, garlic and sherry.

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus

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This Asian Stir Fried Asparagus is a delicious change of pace from my typical roasting recipes. A little soy sauce, sugar, sherry and garlic provide a terrific flavor profile that the whole family will love.

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus | An easy side dish with soy, garlic and sherry.

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus

My go-to recipe for asparagus has been to roast it with a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Easy, peasy. Occasionally, I’ll add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan near the end of cooking time a la Ina Garten. Then I have a fabulous balsamic brown butter sauce that is also a winner over asparagus. But this Asian stir fried asparagus is a totally different route that is a fun change of pace.

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus | An easy side dish with soy, garlic and sherry.

A Twist on Mom’s Recipe

I spent my junior year of high school in Vancouver, British Columbia. My dad took a sabbatical at the University of British Columbia and we swapped homes with another Physics professor who got to move to Ames, Iowa. We got the better deal for sure!

One of my favorite classes at Lord Byng Secondary School was Home Economics. It was there I made my first and only fruitcake and honed my cooking skills. When one of our assignments was to develop a menu, I submitted my mom’s Asian Green Beans recipe, which was one of my favorite sides. This Asian Stir Fried Asparagus  just swapped out the green beans for asparagus. Thanks, Mom!

I added some fresh ginger the first time I made this stir fry, but I think I prefer the asparagus without. Feel free to tweak as you like!

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus | An easy side dish with soy, garlic and sherry.
Yield: 6

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus

Asian Stir Fried Asparagus

A quick asparagus dish with an Asian twist.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2- 2 pounds fresh asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • Minced ginger, optional


Saute crushed garlic (and ginger if using) in olive oil.

Add asparagus and stir till coated with oil.  Cook for 2 minutes.

Add soy and sugar.  Stir and cook about 2 more minutes.  Add sherry and decrease heat.

Cook uncovered, stirring  occasionally, until just tender.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 206mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 3g

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32 comments on “Asian Stir Fried Asparagus”

  1. If this is moms recipe it will be treasured forever, bookmarking and thank you for sharing, it looks amazing as I am sure your mom is.

  2. I love asparagus! I always make risotto with them though. This looks like the perfect recipe to try something different with them. Simple and delicious… who needs complicated recipes when the main ingredient is so fresh and yummy!!!

  3. Asparagus is my favorite veggie. Anytime it makes an appearance in a recipe title I become giddy and have to bookmark it. No exception here. This sounds amazing. This is a different recipe than one I’ve ever tried for asparagus and a must make. Yummy!

  4. Very simple and bursting with taste Lizzy, just over here, we add some shrimp paste and pounded chilly.

  5. Looks delicious! I love throwing heaping spoonfuls on my salads!

  6. I adore asparagus in every possible way, and these ones look delicious 🙂

  7. Awesome, easy and perfectly delicious.

  8. Lizzy-I just bought a real nice new stir-fry pan, and I’m thrilled to make your mom’s recipe, but the ginger and the sherry is a must for me, and not optional.
    Love asparagus, every which way I can make it, even eating it raw!

  9. This looks delicious. I haven’t made asparagus in quite a while. I think I’ll pick some up this week. It sounds great.

  10. We don’t get asparagus easily here..I will try it with green seems too yummy to miss

  11. Lizzy this looks beautiful. We love asparagus at our house and the addition of soy sauce puts this recipe over the top.

  12. I’d much rather have asparagus! This looks great Lizzy!

  13. I love asparagaus!! look lovely Lizzie! gloria

  14. Looks delicious! I sure do love some good asparagus!

  15. I think we’ll buy some asparagus on the way home… Can’t wait to try this!!! Kate @ kateiscooking

  16. Awesome way to dress up asparagus!

  17. I love asparagus. This is great! I usually just roast it in the oven, but I love the extra stuff here!

  18. I can tell that must have been good. Wish asparagus was cheaper here. I often buy the canned variety (I know, I know!) – it’s cheaper.

  19. I love stir-fried asparagus. I sometimes use sesame oil instead of olive oil to give it an Asian flavor. 🙂

  20. I love asparagus, nice family recipe! I’m sure I will be making it.

  21. So healthy too. I am going to try this. I’ve never stir fried asparagus before, only grilled and blanched!

  22. Lovely, Liz! I love stir-fried green beans but I have never stir-fried asparagus. It’s one of my favorite veggies though, I will have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

  23. We eat asparagus probably more than any other green vegetable. Can’t wait to try it with your mom’s recipe!

  24. What a lovely side dish. I can taste it now! I can easily eat my weight in asparagus this time of year ;).

  25. this looks delicious lovely addition of soya sauce

  26. This looks amazing! I love asparagus…I love that you gave your mom full credit, too!

  27. I love this recipe. I just started eating asparagus this year. I have no idea how I lived without it.

  28. Asparagus is one of those veggies that I could eat cold or hot! Your method of cooking is by far the best, stir fried with a little seasoning-lets the true flavor shine. Thanks for sharing.

  29. So great to have another go to recipe for asparagus! I usually only roast for blanche them! This looks yummy!

  30. Asparagus is a favorite in our household, but I wish the season were longer because there are so many yummy-sounding asparagus recipes and so little time that asparagus is available! These look fabulous.

  31. How’d you know I love asparagus?

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