Asian-Style Asparagus

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1 bunch asparagus, cut ends snapped off
1–2 tablespoons scallions, finely chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari sauce
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 drops chili oil (or a pinch cayenne powder)
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (toasted if preferred)


  • Cut asparagus into 2-inch pieces on the diagonal.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil.
  • Cook asparagus 1   1/2 to 2 minutes or until just tender.
  • Drain and place in ice bath for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and gently pat asparagus dry.
  • In a bowl, combine scallions (if using) with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili oil (or cayenne).
  • Add asparagus and toss to combine.
  • Top with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Serves 2. Prep time, 5 minutes; cook time, 10–15 minutes.

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