Spicy Fried Asparagus Stalks

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

I adore asparagus but too often I trim off the tips and much of the stem goes to waste. I decided to take inspiration from one of my favourite recipes here on Zaar, Spicy Fried Celery #23818 by JanS, to create this use for asparagus stems.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the asparagus stems in half lengthwise.
  2. In a wok, heat the oil until very hot.
  3. Put in the stems and chilli flakes or chilli and fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the water and sugar and cook on a high heat for about 4 minutes or until the stems are nearly tender.
  5. This may take longer if your stems are especially thick.
  6. Add the soy sauce and cook a minute longer.
  7. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

I just broke off the tough ends and cooked tender spears as instructed in the recipe. I did reduce the chili flakes to 2 teaspoons but the remainder of the ingredients stayed the same. These do have a nice kick and went very well with Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon With Lemon-Dill Topping.

PaulaG August 21, 2006

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