cook's illustrated stir-fried asparagus with shiitake mushrooms

ingredients
all
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dry sherry
2 tsp brown sugar
packed
2 tsp fresh ginger
grated
1 tsp sesame oil
toasted
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb asparagus
trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
4 oz shiitake mushrooms
stemmed and sliced thin
2 whole scallions
green parts only, sliced thin
cookware
  • small cup
  • whisk
  • 12-inch non-stick skillet
After all the prep is done, this delicious side takes a little more than 5 minutes to cook.
1
Combine water, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, ginger, and sesame oil in a small cup or equivalent.
2
Heat vegetable oil on 12-inch non-stick skillet over high until smoking.
3
Add asparagus and mushrooms and cook, tossing or stirring occasionally, until asparagus is spotty brown, about 3-4 minutes.
4
Add soy sauce mixture and cook, stirring once or twice, until pan is almost dry and asparagus is crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes.
5
Transfer to a serving platter, then sprinkle with scallion greens and serve.
source: Keith Dresser from Cook's Illustrated
notes
To allow it to brown, stir the asparagus only occasionally. Look for spears that are no thicker than .5 inch.