After moving to Canada I was exposed to many ‘new’ ingredients, which were not found in the typical Caribbean garden or market. One such ingredient which became an immediate hit with my taste buds was asparagus. Normally I’d grill them, but early in the season when it’s still a bit too cold to go outside and spark up the grill, I like doing this sort of stew (stir-fry for many). Based on the method we use for making a saltfish (salted cod) stew in the Caribbean, this is certainly one of the best ways to enjoy asparagus.
1 cup prepared saltfish (salted cod)
1/2 large onion
1 clove garlic (optional)
1 Cubanelle pepper (or bell)
1 lb asparagus
2 tablespoon veg oil (olive or coconut is better)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8-10 cherry tomatoes
3-4 sprigs thyme
Note: If doing this recipe gluten free be sure to go through the entire list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
CLICK HERE to learn how to prepare salted cod (salted fish) for everyday use in dishes.
Prepare the salted cod (or dry salted fish of choice). Basically you’ll soak in water or boil to re-hydrate and remove most of the salt it’s cured in. Then shred into small pieces and set aside.
Now prepare the other ingredients. Remove the woody ends of the asparagus (and discard), then cut into 1 inch pieces. Chop the onion, pepper and scallion. Finely chop the garlic and slice the cherry tomatoes in half. You can use a large tomato cubed if you want.
Heat the oil on a low flame in a wide pan, then add the pieces of prepared salted cod and cook on LOW for about 3 minutes.
Add the garlic, thyme and black pepper and cook gently for another 2 minutes. Then turn up the heat to medium and add the sliced onion, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, now go in with all the other ingredients and cook on med-high for 3-5 minutes.
You can personalize this dish according to how ‘cooked’ you like your asparagus. I personally like them with a little crunch, so this cooking time was enough. You’ll notice that I didn’t add any salt to the dish as the residual salt from the fish was enough for my liking. Feel free to adjust.
Do you have a favorite way of preparing asparagus? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.