Mediterranean Black Bean & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Mediterranean Black Bean & Asparagus Stir-Fry
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Black Beans, Asparagus, soy sauce, stove

This Mediterranean-inspired stir-fry is a delightful blend of flavors and textures, featuring black beans and asparagus with a savory soy sauce glaze. Perfect for a quick and nutritious meal, this dish is sure to please everyone at the table.


  • 2 cups black beans (cooked or canned, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes for a bit of heat
  • Optional: Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Ensure the black beans are drained and rinsed if using canned. Trim the asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces. Thinly slice the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook the Aromatics: Add the sliced onions to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they start to become translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  4. Add Asparagus: Add the asparagus pieces to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are tender but still crisp.
  5. Combine Beans and Sauce: Add the black beans to the skillet and pour in the soy sauce. Stir well to combine and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the beans are heated through.
  6. Season and Finish: Add the lemon zest and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if using. Stir well and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve: Remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro if desired. Serve hot over rice, quinoa, or as a standalone dish.

This Mediterranean Black Bean & Asparagus Stir-Fry is a quick and easy meal that's full of flavor and nutrition. It's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner and can be customized with your favorite herbs and spices. Enjoy!

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