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Stir-Fried Asparagus with Spicy Sichuan Sauce Recipe. How to Cook Chinese Style Asparagus!

Updated on March 25, 2013
Asparagus stir-fry
Asparagus stir-fry | Source


I am glad winter is finally over and spring has sprung.  I can hardly wait for the soil to warm enough so I can grow my own asparagus, my favourite  spring vegetables.  This tender, crisp and sweet vegetables suits any cooking method such as grilling, steaming or stir frying or even as raw salads.  My preference cooking is stir frying. 

Fast and high heat cooking method create crisp-tender asparagus dish.  I like to add Sichuan peppercorn to give hot numbing tingling sensation. Reduce the amount of chili sauce and Sichuan peppercorn if you can't stand hot spicy foods.  Here is easy spicy Sichuan style stir-fried asparagus recipe from my kitchen. It's low calorie, low sodium and extremely healthy. 

How to make Sichuan style stir-fried asparagus


1 lbs asparagus

1 tbsp cooking oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2  cup chicken stock

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp chili paste

1 tsp sichuan peppercorn

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp grated ginger


Choose young and crisp asparagus. Break off the tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into desired length, or about 2 inch pieces. Mix stir fry sauce: chili paste, oster sauce, soy sauce and sugar.

Add cooking oil, ginger and garlic into a wok. Turn the heat into medium. Wait until the oil is hot, then add sichuan peppercorn and asparagus. Quickly toss to coat asparagus in oil. Stir fry about 30 seconds.

Add sauce and chicken stock. Cover and cook for 2 minutes or until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Turn off the heat and drizzle some sesame oil. Ready to serve. 

Spicy stir-fried asparagus
Spicy stir-fried asparagus | Source

How to choose asparagus

For stir frying, I prefer smaller diameter asparagus since it's crunchier and another plus is very good for food presentation. When you go to farmer market or supermarket, look at bright green, firm, and rounded, not woody stalks. Avoid yellow, blemished and dried up one. Of course do not forget to check the tips, it should be small in size, dark green or purple color.

Sometimes I get not so good asparagus with woody stalks. I hate to waste anything. Grab your kitchen knife and peel the outer skin off and your stalks will ready for stir frying. Look at above picture as the chef did with bigger diameter and woody stalks. Its still yummy and crunchy asparagus !

Why you will love Sichuan style stir-fried asparagus

It's easy, light and delicious, yet quick fix dish with no more than 15 minutes to finish. If you like spicy food you will love this dish. Besides, asparagus is low in fat and high in fiber. Here are some key nutritional values per 4 oz of cooked asparagus:

Calories (kcal) 13

Carotenes (mcg) 255

Folic acid (mcg) 74

Potassium (mg) 110

Vitamin C (mg) 5

Vitamin E (mg) 0.56

If you like natural remedies, asparagus has medicinal benefits such as as relieve remedy of indigestion, traditional diuretic and counter colic. 

16 inch Traditional Cast Iron Wokset
16 inch Traditional Cast Iron Wokset

A good wok is a must cooking gear in every kitchen, including yours. This traditional wok made of cast iron which is very good heat conductor, means can distribute and hold heat evenly during cooking process. This type of wok is widely used in Chinese restaurants around the world. Highly recommended.



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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like asparagus but always bought the hard ones. Chew them as if they are bamboo shoots

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      Roxie 3 years ago

      I read your potsnig and was jealous

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love your asparagus recipe. Gonna try it today for dinner.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      Wow that's great. I will check it out...

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This looks fabulous. Would you believe I wrote a hub about asparagus and in checking statistics - I see more than 35,000 people have read the article. More than any of my other hubs.

      Rated up!

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      jojokaya 7 years ago from USA

      Nice to meet you and you're welcome

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... this hub made me hungry, LOL. Well done my friend. I love your recipes. Thanks for share this with us. Rated up!