Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Asparagus Stir Fry

This ended up being the perfect dish to use up some ingredients that we had. Plus side, it tasted really good too. I didn't plan it, but we had a vegetarian/vegan dinner both Saturday and Sunday. If you can't handle tofu, you can switch it out for chicken (or fake chicken if you want to keep this vegan). I used kale for  my leafy green. I recently discovered it's yumminess. I also used brown rice. I am slowly getting used to having brown rice instead of white. It grows on you.

Asparagus Stir Fry

toasted sesame oil
8 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into slices thick as a pencil
4 green onions, thinly sliced
scant 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (peeled)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 a bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
a couple big pinches of fine-grain sea salt
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 big handful of toasted cashews, chopped up a bit
a few handfuls of spinach, or chopped kale, or chopped chard
zest and juice of one lime
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 small handful fresh mint, slivered
1 small handful fresh basil, slivered

Have all your ingredients prepped and within arms reach of the stove. Heat a splash of sesame oil in a large pan, or well-seasoned wok over medium high heat. Alternately, you can do this in a dry non-stick pan - one of the few occasions I still use non-stick. When it is hot, add the tofu, and cook until golden - a few minutes. Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside.

Add another (generous) splash of oil to the pan and, as soon as it is hot, add the onions, ginger, red pepper flakes, asparagus, and salt. Stir fry for about a minute, then add the garlic, cashews, and spinach and stir-fry for another minute, or until the spinach wilts. Return the tofu to the pan. Stir in the lime zest and juice and the hoisin sauce. Cook for another 10-20 seconds, stirring all the while.

Remove from heat and stir in the mint and basil.

Source: 101 Cookbooks


  1. It's a chinese, soy based sauce. It's thick and a little sweet. Don't know how to describe it. Any grocery store will have it in the Asian food section