Garlic-Soy Asparagus

Easiness: **
Greenness: vegan


* 2 bunches asparagus
* 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
* 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 tsp. sugar
* 4 Tbsp. sesame seeds


Soak asparagus in cold water (I usually just plug up the sink for this occasion) for a quick rinse.

Bend each spear until it snaps naturally (this is where the asparagus is most tender); discard the tough ends. Trim the “spines” off the asparagus with a carrot peeler to make it more tender (optional). Slice the asparagus diagonally into 1 inch pieces; set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sugar and stir for about 30 seconds. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.

Add asparagus and soy sauce, then sauté for about 4 minutes (it should still be crisp but slightly tender).

Remove from heat. Toss in bowl with sesame seeds, adding additional soy sauce if you see fit.

Tip: Do the prep work ahead of time, but bring the dish together five minutes before the meal.

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