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5 from 2 votes
Sesame Garlic Asparagus
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins

Quick and easy Asian-inspired asparagus dish. Perfect as a side, or tossed into a rice or noodle bowl.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Japanese, Korean
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Michael Monson
  • 1 bunch asparagus* (about 3/4 to 1 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  1. Rinse asparagus, trim off the woody ends, and cut the stalks into 1 to 2 inch pieces.
  2. Heat a pan to medium-high heat and add toasted sesame oil. Add asparagus, and toss in oil, stirring occasionally until the asparagus is “al dente” and starting to get a bit of color, about 5 minutes. Just before turning off the heat, add sliced garlic and liquid aminos. Toss to combine, and then allow the garlic to cook slightly in the residual heat, and allow the liquid aminos to reduce, about 2 minutes. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

*The first iteration of this dish was actually made with sliced zucchini. Use the same cooking method and ingredients to cook whatever vegetables or greens you have on hand.