Stir-Fried Blue Eye with Asparagus

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Balance and Harmony

By Neil Perry

Published 2008

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You can use any fish you like here and replace the asparagus with your favourite vegetable for this simple stir-fry — perfect for a quick meal after work. This dish also works well with the light flavours of chicken.


  • 350 g (12 oz) blue eye fillet, cut into 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) strips
  • 6 thick green asparagus spears, cut into 4 cm (1½ inch) lengths on the diagonal
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled and cut into julienne
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions (scallions), cut into 4 cm (1½ inch) lengths
  • 3 tablespoons shaoxing
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed yellow rock sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chicken stock


    Heat a wok until just smoking. Add half the vegetable oil and, when hot, gently stir-fry the blue eye in batches until just cooked, then remove. Heat the rest of the oil in the wok and stir-fry the ginger, garlic and spring onions until fragrant, then deglaze the wok with shaoxing. Add the asparagus and stir-fry until bright green, then add the blue eye, shiitake mushrooms, salt, soy sauce, sugar and stock and cook for 1 minute to allow the flavours to mingle.

    Using a slotted spoon, pile all the ingredients onto a large plate. Increase the heat under the wok and reduce the sauce until it thickens slightly, then pour the sauce over the fish and vegetables to serve.