Asparagus and Oriental Tamari Dressing with Pine Nuts

Asparagus and Oriental Tamari Dressing with Pine Nuts

This oriental-style asparagus and pine nut dish is a perfect accompaniment to small light summer meals, and takes little time to prepare and cook. Fried pine nuts give it nutritious protein-packed crunch, while the asparagus is… well, it's asparagus, nothing more needs to be said.

If you don't have some already, I urge you to buy a traditionally brewed tamari sauce made from slow-fermented soy beans instead of anything marketed as just soy sauce, which are usually made with 40 to 60% wheat as well as quick hydrolyzed soy protein and caramel coloring. Good tamari sauces are wheat-free, contain more digestible proteins, and taste so much better than ordinary soy sauces that you'll never go back. Fortunately, they're also widely available these days from reputable suppliers like San-J or Eden Foods.

Asparagus and Oriental Tamari Dressing with Pine NutsAsparagus and Oriental Tamari Dressing with Pine Nuts
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Published on June 27, 2007

Asparagus tossed with a simple and flavorful oriental tamari and sesame dressing and fried pine nuts

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

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  • 1 bunch (1 lb) fresh asparagus
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 fresh green chilies, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of cayenne, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody ends, then cut into halves or thirds and soak in water to keep crisp.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. When very hot, toss in the pine nuts and stir a few times until the nuts are golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel and set aside.

  • Add the white parts of the green onion and the chilies to the oil and stir once. Quickly drain the asparagus and stir into the pan right away. Add 3 tablespoons of water, cover, and cook for 2 minutes.

  • Uncover and add the tamari sauce, lemon juice, salt, sugar, cayenne and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Stir to mix and cook for another 5 minutes or so, boiling away most of the liquid as you stir.

  • Remove from heat and add the pine nuts and toasted sesame seeds. Toss and serve.

Makes 4 servings


Anonymous said...

You've out done yourself, Lisa. That looks incredible.

Anonymous said...

stay away from asparagus, think of your ankle, dumb twit. I'm saving Reg from gout Lisa, no reflection on you're excellent recipes.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately for me, Fergy, I'm goutless. I think I'm going to upgrade from growing one asparagus plant to a whole row if Lisa's going to keep tempting me with drooly asparagus recipes.

Might even be worth mowing down a few trees to make room for them.

Anonymous said...

Hey Fergy, wouldn't it be great if Lisa was to cook for the two of us some time?

Lisa Turner said...


I can do that. Gout friendly meals on the horizon. Asparagus served at your own risk.