Spicy Fried Asparagus Stalks

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

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  1. I prepared this the same way as Paula G, only I left the full amount of chili flakes. Very good.
  2. 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 <a href="/174649">Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon With Lemon-Dill Topping</a>.


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