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Asian shrimp stir-fry in 30 minutes means you can skip the takeout tonight

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Stir-fry your way to a tasty Asian meal with this quick shrimp and asparagus recipe

Asian dishes are in most of our quick-dinner-option rotations, but we usually order them takeout. After all, it's cheap, faster and more convenient. Wouldn't it be great to have your own arsenal of quick Asian recipes that you could easily cook yourself? To start off, here is a 30-minute recipe that is very easy to follow, using fresh ingredients with good nutritional value.

Since Asian dishes are almost always accompanied by rice or noodles, it's no surprise that this dish pairs perfectly with steamed white rice. Prepare it ahead of time or while cooking this stir-fry.

Stir-fry your way to a tasty Asian meal with this quick shrimp and asparagus recipe
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Stir-fried shrimp and asparagus in oyster sauce recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • Olive oil (or other kind of oil)
  • 1-1/2 pounds asparagus, hard ends discarded, sliced to about 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 pounds shrimp, shelled and deveined (leave about 4 intact for garnish)

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, coarsely chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 cups steamed white rice, for serving (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the 2 tablespoons of water until the mixture becomes a paste.
  2. In a medium-large saucepan with olive oil over medium heat, sauté the asparagus, tossing for about 5 minutes, and then add the garlic. Toss for another minute or until the garlic turns fragrant.
  3. Add the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes or until they are almost cooked through.
  4. Pour in the soy sauce, water, lemon and oyster sauce, and let boil while mixing with the asparagus and shrimp.
  5. When the sauce is reduced by half, season with pepper, and then add the cornstarch mixture. Mix until the sauce thickens.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley, if using.
  7. Serve with hot steamed white rice.

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