Hot or Cold Sesame Asparagus

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 mins

I love this dish because of it's versatility. Served hot it,s a side dish, cold it becomes a salad. Either way, it's delicious.


  1. Cook asparagus in a pot of boiling salted water until almost crisp tender.
  2. If serving chilled, cook until crisp tender.
  3. Drain.
  4. Place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  5. Drain, pat dry, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Combine sesame oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. Add asparagus.
  8. Saute about 2 minutes until crisp tender.
  9. Mix lemon juice with soy sauce.
  10. If serving cold, mix 2 T olive oil, sesame oil, lemon juice and soy sauce.
  11. Do not cook further.
  12. Toss with asparagus to coat.
  13. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
Most Helpful

These were fabulous!! The flavors blended so nicely together and were a nice change to my standard roasted asparagus that I usually prepare. I halved the recipe to suit for our size of family. I used half of the olive oil and I added some fresh gound pepper at the end. Thanks you so for posting this, as I will be making them this way from now on!!

LDSMom128 May 07, 2008

This dish makes a nice presentation and was well-received, even by the asparagus haters in my family. Next time, however I’m going to lighten-up on the butter and oil to see if it makes a significant difference.

Marsha Mazz April 17, 2006

We were lucky enough to buy asparagus at the farm gate the other day, so I wanted a special recipe for it. This was simple, all the flavours seemed in balance, and it highlighted our beautiful fresh asparagus perfectly. I would think this would be a nice dressing over broccoli or green beans too.

JustJanS October 20, 2004