Simple Stir-fried Asparagus

Asparagus, although a recent arrival in the Thai kitchen, has become very popular. Here is a simple recipe that highlights the great natural flavour of asparagus.


  • 450 g (1 lb) fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon groundnut (peanut) oil
  • 2 small fresh red Thai chillies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce


Cut the asparagus on the diagonal into 7.5 cm (3 in) segments.

Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat until it is hot. Add the oil, and when it is slightly smoking, add the chillies and asparagus and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Then add the water and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the sugar, fish sauce and oyster sauce and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Turn onto a warm platter and serve at once.