Perfect Stir-Fry Asparagus


This perfect stir-fry asparagus is absolutely the best asparagus I have ever eaten. I’ll never cook asparagus any other way!

perfect stir-fry asparagus

Cook’s Illustrated test kitchens shared their tried and true technique for achieving perfectly seasoned, crisp-tender asparagus. I tried it in my own kitchen, and it works! In less than 10 minutes, this method yielded the best asparagus I’ve ever eaten. My 13-year-old even said it was yummy:-)

The technique: Asparagus gets a brown, caramelized exterior and crisp-tender bite with a quick stir-fry followed by a short steam in a sauce diluted with water.

The equipment: Any 12″ or larger non-stick skillet will work, but I use this Cuisinart 14-inch stir fry pan for all my saute and stir fry. It is the best $30 and under cooking tool I own; I love it!

The sauce: The sauce is wonderful and makes this stir-fry taste like something you’d get at P.F. Chang’s. Fresh ginger and sesame oil along with soy sauce give a full bodied Asian flavor that is super yummy and pairs well with anything.

Perfect Stir-Fry Asparagus

Perfect Stir-Fry Asparagus

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This easy cooking technique yields perfectly crisp-tender asparagus every time.


  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry (may use white wine or rice vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut on bias into 2-inch lengths


  1. Combine water, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, ginger, and sesame oil in bowl.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until smoking.
  3. Add asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is spotty brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce mixture and cook, stirring once or twice, until pan is almost dry and asparagus is crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a serving plate and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 308Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 3gSodium 1173mgCarbohydrates 30gSugar 18gProtein 11g
perfect stir-fried asparagus

This is so easy and so yummy, I do hope that you’ll give it a try. Seriously, I won’t be roasting or baking asparagus ever again. This will be my go-to method.

I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave comments. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

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  1. Using a large wok, I stir fry about a pound of thick asparagus pieces (2-3 inches long) in sesame oil on high just until turning emerald green. Then I quickly add 1-2 tsp soy sauce and 1-2 Tblsp of cream sherry and continue stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated. This results in slightly cooked asparagus on the outside with a crunchy sweet interior. I serve this as is, or with bearnaise sauce. I find classical steamed asparagus to be somewhat sour, while this method leaves the crunchy sweet interior with a delicious nutty flavor from the soy/sherry braise. Many people who did not like asparagus loved it this way.

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