Stir-frying both caramelizes and intensifies the grassy flavor of asparagus spears. This recipe is from Karen Smiarowski of Smiarowski Farmstand & Creamy in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, where locally grown asparagus is celebrated every spring at community fundraising suppers. 


Stir-Fried Asparagus Stir-Fried Asparagus
It is amazing what a little oil and a lot of heat can do for asparagus.
Yield: serves 1-2
Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. asparagus, fibrous bottoms snapped off, cut into 2-in. pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. To a large skillet set over medium-low heat, add the oil and the asparagus. Cook, stirring occasionally, until blistered in spots and tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 13–20 minutes (the thicker the spears, the longer the cook time). Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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