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This quick stir-fry recipe goes well with rice, grilled fish or chicken. If you like things spicy add a generous pinch of chilli flakes. Throw in other seasonal vegetables to bulk it out – try sugar snap peas, broccoli or spinach. You can find more information here about asparagus storage and preparation – and when you can hope to get some in your veg box.


  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Pinch dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, drained & thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Bunch chives, cut into 2cm lengths, or some chopped wild garlic leaves
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Prepare the asparagus by breaking off the end of each woody stalk and then cutting the spears in half.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok, add the asparagus, sugar and some salt and stir-fry over a moderately high heat for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the dried chilli, if using, followed by the water chestnuts, garlic, chives, plus 3 tablespoons of water and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in the soy sauce and serve immediately.
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