Spicy Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce

Total: 22 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes

Enjoy this savory, vegetable side dish of spicy asparagus with black bean sauce for a delicious Asian inspired meal.


  • 1½ to 2 lb asparagus
  • 1½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fermented black beans (available in most Asian grocery stores)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 hot chili peppers, finely chopped
  • Water or low-sodium vegetable broth for sautéing


  1. Wash asparagus and trim off tough stems. Cut into 2-inch lengths and blanch in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and set aside
  2. Heat water or broth in wok and sauté the black beans, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper until garlic is tender.
  3. Add asparagus, stirring rapidly to coat with spices in the wok.
  4. Add vegetable broth and cook for 1-2 minutes until asparagus is tender and broth is slightly reduced.
  5. Add soy sauce and serve immediately.

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