Asparagus with black bean garlic sauce

April 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Contributing chef Bruce Aidells shares an easy recipe with impressive results.

Recipe: Asparagus with Black Bean Garlic Sauce
Serves 4

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into diagonal sliced
  • 6 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon black bean and garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat in a 12-inch frying pan. Add onion and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and stir-fry until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.

2. Add remaining oil to the pan and continue to heat over high. Add asparagus and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add green onions and stir-fry 30 seconds more. Stir together the black bean sauce, chicken broth and cornstarch mixture. Return onion/mushroom mixture to the pan and pour in the liquid. Stir fry until just tender. Transfer to a serving bowl.


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