nutritional information

Per Serving (8-10 spears):

  • Calories: 51
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Total Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 202 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 2 g

East-West Marinated Asparagus

East-West Marinated Asparagus

Serves 6

Here, an Asian-inspired marinade brings a balance of sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy to blanched asparagus.
  • 3 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 2 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbs. agave nectar or honey
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Thai bird chile, seeded and thinly sliced for garnish, optional

1. Cook asparagus in pot of boiling salted water 5 minutes. Drain, and plunge into bowl filled with ice water.

2. Whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, garlic, ginger, agave nectar, and cayenne. Pour over asparagus in large baking dish, adding water, if necessary, to submerge asparagus. Cover, and chill 4 hours, or overnight.

3. Drain off marinade, and arrange asparagus on plates or serving platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chile slices, if using.

May 2009

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This was really good. I added the chili's to the marinade and not as a garnish. The pepper was spicy so I only used one. Next time I would add more chilies to the marinade or just add one in as garnish. It was a bit heavy on soy, but maybe that was because I didn't measure it out precisely.

Tori - 2013-04-17 00:23:38

Just started the recipe and knew better than to cook aspagus for 5 minutes. If you start out with boiling water and and thin asparagus you would have overcooked mushy asparagus. Try 1-2 minutes max time in the cooking water depending on thickness of the asparagus. I used fairly thick and 2 minutes was more than enough.

Kurt J - 2012-03-21 15:10:27

wow this was good, my 6 and 3 year old eat them all and ask for more....

single vegi dad in the ATL - 2011-03-20 09:16:44

Yummy! Tastes great with grilled asparagus

Anonymous - 2009-07-28 20:36:25