Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables. Keep it crisp and bring out its natural flavor by roasting or pan-frying it.
Here's what you need:
One bunch of fresh asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed.
For the sauce:
1/8 cup cooking sherry
1/4 cup tamari
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
In a small saucepan, heat sherry just to a simmer. Add tamari sauce (or soy sauce), maple syrup, and sesame oil and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook, occasionally stirring, until the sauce has reduced to the desired consistency; approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Lay the asparagus in a Roasting Pan in a single layer and pour half of the sauce over the asparagus. Turn to coat.
Bake at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes, until asparagus is just tender. Turn the asparagus halfway through.
Remove the asparagus from the oven and transfer it to a serving dish. Drizzle with the remaining sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy immediately!