Sesame Stir-Fried Asparagus and Peas

Sesame Stir-Fried Asparagus and Peas


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When asparagus is in season, run to the nearest supermarket or greengrocer and buy a big bunch. Cook it quickly and lightly. Stir-frying asparagus, rather than boiling it, preserves the water-soluble vitamins, including folate.

Ariana Klepac

Serves: 4 

  • 2 teaspoons hulled sesame seeds
  • 750 g asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, slivered
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a small heavy frying pan over low heat, stirring frequently until golden-brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to prevent further cooking.
  2. Cut the asparagus on the diagonal into 4 cm lengths. Spray a large nonstick frying pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the asparagus and peas to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the peas are heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the asparagus and peas and toss well to combine, then serve.


A cup of cooked asparagus provides remarkable amounts of folate – well over half the day's requirement. This heart-healthy B vitamin is also plentiful in peas. Folate helps to reduce blood levels of homocysteine, a substance linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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