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Beef, asparagus and green bean stir fry

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Beef, asparagus and green bean stir fry

Main Serves 2 30 min
The asparagus season is very short. We start off with our Spanish growers, then move to the UK crop after 3-4 weeks. As well as simply steamed and served with butter and lemon, it makes a good addition to pastas, risottos and also spicier dishes like this quick, simple but tasty stir-fry.

Cook's notes

In this stir-fry we're using tamari in the sauce, which is a gluten-free soy. It's quite salty, so add half to start with, then the rest to your own taste.


  • 150g jasmine rice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 250g asparagus
  • 125g flat green beans
  • piece fresh ginger
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1 chilli
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • oil for frying to a high temp e.g. sunflower or coconut
  • 300g beef stir-fry strips
  • salt and pepper
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Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Rinse the rice in a sieve. Transfer it to a pan with a lid. Add 500ml water and a good pinch of salt. Bring to a low boil, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Once the rice has boiled for 10 minutes, remove it from the heat.
  • Step 2

    Keep it covered and leave it to steam for a further 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the stir fry ingredients. Juice half the orange. Mix it in a small bowl with the honey and half the tamari. Wash the asparagus. Bend each stalk until they snap.
  • Step 3

    Discard the bottom, tougher part. Chop the rest into 3-4cm lengths. Wash the green beans, trim off any stalk tops and slice on the diagonal into 1-2cm pieces. Peel and finely grate the ginger. Peel and finely chop or crush 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves.
  • Step 4

    Halve, deseed and finely slice the chilli. Trim and chop the spring onions into thin pieces, at an angle. Put the sesame seeds in a wok or large frying pan. Heat them gently, stirring often, until toasted, 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a small plate or bowl. Keep to one side.
  • Step 5

    Once the rice has boiled and steamed for 10 minutes each (20 minutes in total), you're ready to stir-fry. Season the beef with a little salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or large frying pan. When hot, add the beef. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the asparagus and beans.
  • Step 6

    Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the spring onions, chilli, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the orange and honey mixture, with 3 tablespoons or so of water to make a little sauce. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  • Step 7

    Taste and add a little more orange juice or tamari to taste, a little extra salt too if you like. Serve the stir-fry with the sticky rice, sprinkled with the toasted sesame seeds.

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