Fabulous Food Friday #125

My favorite “vegetable” is asparagus.  I didn’t discover it until I was almost 19.  The first time I had it it was wrapped in bacon so what’s not to love.  Every since then I’ve only cooked it two different ways…roasted and a few times in a yummy pasta dish.

I have food epiphanies every now and then and this new recipe was one of them!  It’s dishes like this one that make me really excited to share it with you.  I almost can’t stand to wait until Friday to post it and have to refrain from posting sooner.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have enjoyed creating it!

Spicy Sesame Asparagus

1 bundle fresh asparagus
1/2 purple onion, thinly sliced
2 TBSP olive oil

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2-2 tsp sriracha chili garlic sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger (or 1 tsp freshly grated ginger)
1/2 tsp sesame seeds

In a small bowl whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.  Wash asparagus and cut off the woody end, about 1/4 off the bottom of the stalk.  Over medium high heat, heat olive oil in a medium saute pan.  Add in asparagus and sliced onion.  Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times.  Once asparagus is tender pour sauce into saute pan and, using a wooden spoon, scrap off any bits from the bottom of the pan.  Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.  Serve.

* Sriracha chili garlic sauce is VERY spicy.  HOT HOT HOT! Because of my Crohn’s I have to limit how spicy my food is so I usually avoid it all together.  However, I like a slight kick every now and then so I just added 1/2 teaspoon of it and it was just enough of a hint of hotness.  Now, if I were making this strictly for Ian (who always asks for extra wasabi when ordering sushi) I would add in the 2 teaspoons.

**This recipe would still be delish if you are avoiding sesames because of allergies.  

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