Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry is a simple, delicious side dish, with fresh asparagus, cashews, garlic and ginger in a yummy stir fry sauce!
Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry is a simple, delicious side dish, with fresh asparagus, cashews, garlic and ginger in a yummy stir fry sauce!

If you are looking for a tasty veggie side dish that comes together in about 10 minutes and tastes amazing, may I share this recipe for asparagus cashew stir fry with you? We LOVE it! The recipe only takes about 5 minutes to prep, and about 5 minutes to cook. BOOM! A YUMMY side dish you can serve with your favorite meat dishes!

My youngest sister Joni made this recipe originally for us several years ago when she came to visit us in Oregon. I liked the recipe so much I asked her to write down the recipe for me, and am excited to share it here with you today. I don’t know where she got the original recipe, but it definitely is a KEEPER! Here’s how easy it is to make this tasty side dish:

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Prep the Asparagus For Cooking

Fresh asparagus is used for this recipe, but it needs to be trimmed before cooking. Snap the “woody”, tough ends at the bottom of the asparagus stems to remove. You can also cut them with a sharp knife, if you prefer. Discard the “woody” ends. Cut the asparagus stalks into 2″ long pieces.

Before cooking, the tough ends of the asparagus stalks are removed.The asparagus stalks are cut into 2" long pieces before cooking.

Cook The Asparagus

Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once oil is quite hot, add the asparagus pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes. When done, add the piece of ginger and the minced garlic, and cook (stirring continually) for 30-45 seconds. The reason for the continual stir and short cooking time is so the garlic won’t burn (then it becomes bitter)!

NOTE: You can choose to either add the whole piece of ginger (and remove it later just before serving), or you can finely grate it into the dish. I’ve done it both ways, but usually add the entire piece whole, let the flavors get into the dish, then remove it before serving. You will still get the flavor the ginger imparts, but using the grated ginger will yield a more intense flavor. Your choice.

Asparagus pieces are cooked in olive oil for 3-4 minutes in a large skillet.Minced garlic and ginger are added to the cooked asparagus in the skillet.

Make And Add The Sauce To The Skillet

In a small bowl, quickly stir together the chicken broth, cooking sherry, water, soy sauce and cornstarch until smooth. This will only take a second to mix up. Make sure there are no lumps in the sauce before adding it to the asparagus.

Pour the sauce over the asparagus into the skillet. Stir to combine the ingredients, and cook 1-2 minutes on medium-low heat or until the sauce thickens. The sauce will  thicken fairly quickly, so stir the sauce as it cooks to coat everything well.

Stir fry sauce is poured into the skillet with the asparagus and cooked until thickened.The stir fry sauce has thickened in the skillet with the asparagus.

Final Step – Add The Cashews

Once the sauce has thickened, add the cashews to the skillet, and stir to combine. Heat the asparagus cashew stir fry for an additional minute. This will ensure all the ingredients are coated with the yummy sauce and are heated through.

TIP: If you added a WHOLE 1″ piece of ginger previously, this is the time to remove it from the skillet, before serving! If you grated the ginger, you’re good to go.

Roasted cashews are added to the asparagus cashew stir fry in the skillet.After heating through, the asparagus cashew stir fry is ready to remove from the heat and be served.

Serve The Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry

Transfer the finished asparagus cashew stir fry to a serving bowl… and enjoy! The asparagus will be crisp-tender, and the crunch from the cashews and yummy sauce make it absolutely DELICIOUS!

This dish will compliment a number of main dishes. We enjoyed the asparagus cashew stir fry served with slices of roasted pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes on the side. It was a delicious meal, and I am confident you will enjoy it, too.

Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry is served in a white bowl.Sliced pork loin and mashed potatoes are served with the asparagus cashew stir fry.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious veggie side dish for yourself or those you love. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 days. Have a great day, and please come back soon for more family-friendly recipes.

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Original recipe source: I received this recipe from my sister Joni several years ago.

Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry is a simple, delicious side dish, with fresh asparagus, cashews, garlic and ginger in a yummy stir fry sauce!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus cashew stir fry
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 153 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce low-sodium, if possible
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking sherry
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup roasted cashews
Instructions
  1. Snap or cut "woody" ends of the asparagus off (discard). Cut asparagus stalks into 2" long pieces.

  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium heat. Once oil is hot, add asparagus. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; cook (stirring continually) for 30-45 seconds. Don't let garlic burn or it will turn bitter. NOTE: You can choose to either add the whole piece of ginger (and remove it later just before serving), or you can finely grate it. Your choice.

  3. In a small bowl, quickly stir together chicken broth, sherry, water, soy sauce and cornstarch until smooth. This will only take a second to mix up. Make sure there are no lumps. Pour sauce into skillet. Stir to combine; cook 1-2 minutes on medium-low heat until sauce thickens.

  4. Once sauce thickens, add cashews; stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. TIP: If you added a WHOLE 1" piece of ginger previously, remove it from the skillet, before serving! If you grated the ginger, there's no need to remove.

  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, serve it hot and enjoy! Leftovers can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Asparagus Cashew Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 320mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 858IU17%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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