East-West Marinated Asparagus

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Here, an Asian-inspired marinade brings a balance of sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy to blanched asparagus.

  • serving (8-10 spears)Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/3 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

Preparation

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.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 6
  • Calories: 51
  • Carbohydrate Content: 6 g
  • Fat Content: 2 g
  • Fiber Content: 2 g
  • Protein Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 202 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g