Sesame asparagus and pea stir-fry

Stir–frying asparagus, rather than boiling it, preserves the water–soluble vitamins, including folate, and adds a little extra crunch. Flavoured with sesame seeds and garlic, this simple and easy side dish will complement just about any main meal.

Sesame asparagus and pea stir-fry


  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup (80 g) thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 750 g (1½ lb) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 4 cm (1½ inch) lengths
  • 1 cup (155 g) fresh or frozen peas


  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a small non–stick frying pan over low heat, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes, or until golden.
  2. Remove to a plate.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a wok or large non–stick frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion and garlic, and stir–fry for about 5 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
  5. Add the asparagus and peas to the wok and stir–fry for a further 5 minutes, or until the asparagus is just tender and the peas are heated through.
  6. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the asparagus and peas, tossing well to combine.
  7. Divide among serving bowls and serve immediately.

Serves 4
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes


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