This Thai Asparagus Carrot Stir Fry is a simple and delicious new way to serve asparagus. Our Eastern Shore Honey adds a glaze and just the touch of sweetness needed to mellow out the heat of the chili pepper in the dish. Tamari soy sauce, red pepper, and sesame oil combine to give the vegetables a southeast Asian flair. This recipe comes from the kitchen of my dear friend Joyce Wallace, she always has plenty of ideas on how to use our honey!
Asparagus is best when it’s in season, otherwise, you’ll be eating tough sprouts that have traveled hundreds of miles to get to your plate. Seasonality makes this dish extra special since you can only really make it (well, that is) in the later weeks of spring. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, after all!
A little note on tamari: this condiment is very similar to soy sauce, but you shouldn’t substitute it out! Soy sauce is much saltier and thinner than tamari, and it also contains gluten that tamari does not. You can pick up tamari at any Asian grocer or specialty food store.
Making Thai Asparagus Carrot Stir Fry
First, you’ll need to get together the ingredients for this dish. Here’s what you’ll need to pick up:
- Fresh-picked asparagus
- sesame oil
- fresh ginger
- fresh garlic
- sesame oil
- tamari soy sauce
- red jalapeño minced
- Waxing Kara Honey
How to Make Thai Asparagus Carrot Stir Fry
This dish comes together very quickly. That’s what’s awesome about making stir fry. Two steps and in less than 20 minutes you have a colorful and delicious vegetable side dish!
Step One: Mix the marinade
In a small bowl mix ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, jalapeño & honey
Step Two: Cook
Stir Fry vegetables for 3 to 4 minutes in sesame oil. Add the Thai marinade to the vegetables in the sauté pan and continue to sauté and mix through vegetables until well blended about 1 minute. Serve
Adapting our Asparagus Carrot Stir Fry
You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to play with your food. Call your inner chef to come out and have fun changing up this recipe. Here are some ideas:
- Remove the chili pepper to cut out the heat
- Add in lots of fresh herbs
- Throw in a handful of fresh snap peas when sautéing
- Try sautéing some sliced button mushrooms in oil and garlic and adding to the mix
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If you try making this asparagus carrot stir fry, be sure to take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
Thai Asparagus Carrot Stir Fry
- 8-10 stalks asparagus Sliced diagonally in 2″ pieces
- 2 large carrots Sliced into 2″ sticks about 1/4″ wide
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. ginger grated
- 1 large clove garlic grated
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 2 tsp. tamari soy sauce
- 1 tsp. red jalapeño minced
- 1 tsp. Waxing Kara Honey
- In a small bowl mix ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, jalapeño & honey
- Stir Fry vegetables for 3 to 4 minutes in sesame oil
- Add the ginger mixture to the vegetables in the sauté pan and continue to sauté and mix through vegetables until well blended about 1 minute
Recipe by Joyce C Wallace, RN, Certified Health Coach. Joyce is a health advocate, avid gardener and passionate cook. She recently published a book, Navigating the Food Jungle filled with delightful recipes that are also good for you.