Sautéed Asparagus with Shiro Dashi

Sautéed Asparagus with Shiro Dashi

A nice dish with Japanese style dressing and a touch of pepper.


5 stalks
1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper (or bonito flakes, if you prefer)
to taste
Vegetable oil
1 teaspoon


1. Rinse the asparagus, peel the outer skins, and cut the ends. In the above photo, I cut over 10 stalks into halves.
2. Sauté in vegetable oil until browned, then add sake and shiro dashi. Cover with a lid until they reach your desired tenderness, then sprinkle on some pepper and serve.
3. Sauté with pork, bacon, or sausage, and serve it up as a main dish. Add more shiro dashi if desired. This also works as a bento item.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been using a lot of shiro dashi of late. It is key to the flavoring and I love the umami it gives.
Since asparagus in season is so delicious I wanted to create a simple dish.