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Asparagus and Shiitake Stir-Fry


This earthy, satisfying stir-fry of shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, and toasted sesame seeds can serve as a colorful side dish or a light lunch.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: EARL CARTER

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2003


  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 bunch medium or thick asparagus, tough ends trimmed, stalks sliced into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and mushrooms, and saute just until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes

To clean the mushrooms, simply wipe the caps with a damp paper towel; do not rinse, as they will become soggy. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden.

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  • Dialyn Barreto
    8 SEP, 2012
    I added some butter to the oil and it turned delicious.
  • ChirpE
    12 APR, 2010
    This was easy and tasty. Next time I'll toss it with soba noodles and a bit more sesame oil for a meal.
  • Pierced
    6 MAR, 2009
    I also added steak to this recipe after seeing the review already posted. Tasted great!
  • CourtneyFFox
    13 MAR, 2008
    so delicious! We added Steak to the stir-fry and it was amazing!