Stir-Fried Spicy Asparagus

We adapted this veggie side dish from a recipe by David Tanis in The New York Times, and in our humble opinions, it’s perfect. Simple, fast, and versatile – serve it with fish, pasta, rice, meat – we’re definitely making it again!

Stir-Fried Spicy Asparagus

This triad of crisp asparagus, fragrant ginger, and spicy Serrano is a delicious and super-fast vegan side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: asparagus, dairy-free, gluten-free, low-FODMAP, paleo, sugar-free, wheat-free, Whole 30, Whole Life Challenge
Servings: 4
Calories: 64kcal


  • 1 1/2 lb asparagus
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 Serrano chile finely chopped


  • Prep the asparagus: snap off and discard the bottoms, and cut each spear into 2-inch lengths.
  • In a skillet, heat the oil until it's nearly smoking. Add the asparagus, salt and pepper, and stir well.
  • Continue to stir-fry over high heat for 1 minute, until the asparagus looks bright green.
  • Add the ginger and chile, and stir-fry 30 seconds more. The spears should still be a bit crisp, barely cooked.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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