Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

Grains of Paradise an aromatic seeds of a tropical African plant has a zesty flavor reminiscent of pepper, with hints of flowers, coriander and cardamom. The whole almond gives this a nice crunch but sliced will be fine it you don't want the crunch.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a hot pan heat enough oil to coat bottom of pan add almond and stir for one minute. Remove almonds and set aside.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir fry till asparagus is just tender. Add back the almonds and stir to combine. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

SO GLAD at our dinner party last night we did make!
As really is a delish dish for our friend's health sake!
Picked recipe initially as never tried Grains of Paradise, TRUE!
Now I can say I accomplished another challenge too!
Thank you as was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO easy to do!
We kept the almonds whole as really does add to the dish too!

mickeydownunder September 04, 2010

When I tagged this recipe for Veg Tag/May I forgot that asparagus is out of season now. Not to worry, I subbed broccoli. Super quick to make and we liked it spooned over jasmine rice. The grains of paradise was coarsely ground in a pestle and mortar first and I cheat with lemongrass using a lemongrass puree in a tube from the grocery store. Used standard salt, too. I got a kick out of the recipe's name! Subbed grapeseed oil for olive oil because it has a higher smoke point. The garlic was added only the last 1 minute of stir frying. Good stuff!

COOKGIRl May 30, 2012

I had the grains of paradise on hand, but really had little idea what to do with it so was happy to stumble over this recipe. It was delicious! It had a peppery taste, but with a slight floral note for something special. We also loved the crispy almonds. Served with The Best Citrus Salmon (I Promise!).

Susie D April 04, 2010