Spicy Stir-Fried Asparagus with or without chicken/shrimp

This recipe caught my eye in the NY Times cooking section . The spicy part was what intrigued me the most. I usually make stir fry with a variety of ingredients and use sesame oil. This recipe calls for vegetable oil, and I  just used 2  tablespoons.  You may need to add a little more oil, so add as needed. I made this with just asparagus and brown rice, and chicken. It would be great with shrimp as well. I highly recommend it both ways, and now that the asparagus is so sweet it’s the best time. I have to admit I used a lot of seeds from the jalapeno and it was kick ass, you can remove most of the seeds of the jalapeno and just chop up the pepper, or any other fresh hot chile ( serrano). If you don’t like it spicy , omit the pepper all together and add whatever other ingredients you would like. This meal came together very quickly. We both enjoyed, although Joel didn’t touch the asparagus . I also sprinkled chopped fresh cilantro in mine, I love cilantro. The flavors of the ginger , garlic, jalapeno and cilantro were divine.

*if you want to keep it vegetarian ( vegan) omit the chicken and you’ll only need 1 tablespoon of oil


1 lb. of asparagus (medium asparagus is fine), cut into pieces . I cut each piece into thirds. About 2 inches long.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided (one for asparagus and one for chicken should be sufficient)

1 lb. chicken breasts (appr
ox. 2 pieces and I cut them up into small pieces)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 clove garlic minced

1 Serrano or other fresh hot chile, finely chopped. (Rule of thumb with peppers: the less seeds the less hot, so remove the seeds if you don’t like spicy or you can also just omit the pepper altogether. If you do that, use rubber gloves when handling peppers, and don’t touch your eyes or nose or anything until you wash your hands, and or remove gloves.) I used jalapeno, easy to get a hold of but any hot fresh pepper will do.

*if you’d like you can add fresh chopped cilantro, basil. I used cilantro because I love it. This is totally discretionary. I love cilantro


Snap off and discard the tough bottoms of each asparagus spear. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch lengths. (Do that after you’ve sliced asparagus in half lengthwise.) After you cut up the chicken, place in a bowl or on a plate, salt liberally, then add pepper to your taste.

Next, in a wok or cast iron skillet (or any skillet you have on hand), heat one tablespoon of oil until very hot, add the chicken and cook until chicken browns up nicely (should be about 5 minutes total). I then remove the chicken, place in a clean bowl and cover with aluminum foil. Make sure you have enough oil, if need be, add more. Then add the asparagus, season generously with salt and pepper and stir well. (Make sure your vent is on or your smoke detector will go off.) Make sure the asparagus is well coated and glistening with oil. Cook over high heat for about 1 minute. You want the asparagus bright green. Add the garlic, ginger, chile and chicken and stir fry to heat the chicken thoroughly (probably about a minute or two).

* If you’re adding shrimp, cook it first (like the chicken), then just follow the same directions. Shrimp will probably take a little longer depending on the size of the shrimp.

If you want to add herbs, add them right before serving. Place over rice or just plate it up. Very tasty for sure.

*this will serve 2 – 3

One response to “Spicy Stir-Fried Asparagus with or without chicken/shrimp

  1. Reblogged this on Cooking with Candi and commented:

    Originally posted back in June 2012. If you missed this wonderful stir-fry check it out. I just love a good stir-fry and so easy to make with any protein you like and really any of your favorite vegetables. Enjoy Summer Cooking!

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