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Spicy Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce Recipe


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


  • 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 vegetable 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 remaining vegetable broth and cook for 1-2 minutes until asparagus is tender and broth is slightly reduced.
  • 5. Serve immediately.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. Fermented black beans add robust flavor to this simple dish. Way better than takeout!

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