Spicy Pork with Asparagus and Chile

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This is the last asparagus post of the year. *tear*

While I love, love, love roasted and grilled asparagus, I’m glad I was able to utilize it in a lot of other ways this year, including a fair amount of stir fry type dishes. I have no idea why I’d never really thought to do that before, but it works beautifully. The asparagus retains its gorgeous color and remains crisp, adding a great texture to dishes.

Like most stir fries, this dish is ready in no time. It’ll take you like 3 times as long to cook your brown rice as it will to make this recipe (which is precisely why I started freezing cooked brown rice for easy reheating). But, this is a dish with simple yet bold ingredients – from a spicy chile, to sweet honey, to rich oyster sauce – so it doesn’t necessitate a lengthy cooking time to develop flavor.

I didn’t realize until the end that I was out of green onions, so those didn’t make it on here. I added some chili paste to this to ramp up the heat, and I’ve added that in the ingredients below. You can always leave the recipe as is and just keep a bottle of Sriracha on the table so people can decide whether or not they want to increase the spiciness (by the way, the answer to that conundrum is almost always, “Yes, I would like to increase the spiciness”).

Spicy Pork with Asparagus and Chile

  • I’ll be so sad to see the asparagus recipes go for another year! Sigh.

    I had Chinese food for the first time in probably a year yesterday afternoon…and now the craving is in full force. This is not helping. 😛

  • Marcia

    Hi Elly! This recipe sounds delicious and is something I want to try soon. I am having a problem pinning from your blog. I was wondering if anyone else is having this problem? This is the third recipe that I have tried to pin recently and I’m not able to. It might be something with my computer. I follow you on Pinterest, but you don’t seem to pin your own stuff. (bummer)

    • elly

      Hi Marcia. Can you tell me what sort of error you’re getting when you try to pin? I host my pics through Flickr, but all are able to be viewed by a 3rd party, so it shouldn’t be a problem there. I just tried going through the pinning of this post and it seemed to work for me, but I have noticed some of my traffic from pinterest is down a bit so it wouldn’t surprise me if others are having this problem and I’d like to try to get to the bottom of it. Thanks. 🙂

  • I am sad to see asparagus gone for another season. Of course we can get it all year round but it it seems all that much better when grown locally.

  • Mmmm this looks so savory and delicious! i <3 it!!

  • Donna

    Not sure how I missed this last summer but I made this tonight and it was great! Kids called it “Asian dirty rice”! Yum!