Asparagus Stir Fry

May 23, 2012
by Shannon Hepburn

Asparagus Stir Fry
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Ingredients
  • toasted sesame oil
  • 8 ounces firm tofu, cut into slices thick as a pencil
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • scant 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (peeled)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ a bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • a couple big pinches of fine-grain sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 big handful of toasted cashews, chopped up a bit - or you could use walnuts
  • a few handfuls of spinach, or chopped kale, or chopped chard
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 small handful fresh mint, slivered
  • 1 small handful fresh basil, slivered
Instructions
  1. Have all your ingredients prepped and within arms reach of the stove. Heat a splash of sesame oil in a large pan, or well-seasoned wok over medium high heat. Alternately, you can do this in a dry non-stick pan. (Scanpan makes a good non-stick pan that is not coated in Teflon). When it is hot, add the tofu, and cook until golden - a few minutes. Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add another (generous) splash of oil to the pan and, as soon as it is hot, add the onions, ginger, red pepper flakes, asparagus, and salt. Stir fry for about a minute, then add the garlic, cashews, and spinach and stir-fry for another minute, or until the spinach wilts. Return the tofu to the pan. Stir in the lime zest and juice and the hoisin sauce. Cook for another 10-20 seconds, stirring all the while.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the mint and basil. Taste and add a bit more salt if needed.
  4. Serves 2-4 (main/side)