Food for Runners

Asparagus and Prawn Stir-fry

19th February 2012

This week’s “Food for Runners” recipe is a stir-fry of asparagus and prawn served with Basmati rice, adapted from Runners World magazine.

Prawns are low in fat, high in protein, and rammed full of iron and zinc. Aspargus are packed with riboflavin, which helps your body metabolise carbs into the sugars that fuel your runs.


* a knob of ginger, grated
* juice of 1 lime
* 4 tbsp fish sauce
* 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 10 raw king prawns, shells off
* 1 onion, cut into thick slices
* 1 red chilli, finely chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 4 spring onions, in 5cm pieces
* 200g asparagus, cut in half lengthways and into 5cm pieces
* 8 fresh coriander and Basmati rice to serve


Mix together the ginger, lemon grass, lime leaves, fish sauce and sugar. Put to one side.

Stir-fry the king prawns for a few minutes until they turn pink. Remove from the pan.

Throw in the onion and stir-fry for two minutes. Add the chilli, garlic and spring onion, and cook until the onion has softened. Add the prawns back to the wok along with the asparagus and fry for a further minute.

Pour over the sauce that you prepared earlier, and cook until the mixture becomes sticky. Sprinkle with the coriander and serve immediately with the Thai rice.

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  • Oh wow! How seasonal and delicious – I love the photograph of the asparagus!

  • Yum. This is one of my favourite kinds of dishes – packed full of flavour, fresh and healthy. Delicious.

  • Anna Mation

    So how is this a good recipe for runners? Is it the protein? Do you have any other suggestions that will help with muscle recovery?

    • I have now added a paragraph about the benefits of asparagus and prawns, but basically this dish provides proteins (good for post-run meal) and it’s light in fats.

  • Sandy

    It is insanely tasty atleast after a run.

  • Maria Cristina

    Pre run food, after run food…..lucky that runner!!!!

  • this looks SO good! Your photos are great!

  • Mmm I like everything in that bowl… thanks you for sharing. Oh yes, amazing photos as well!

  • Kathleen Jobe

    Why isn’t the lemon grass and lime leaves listed in the ingredients???

  • Kathleen Jobe

    Why aren’t the lemon grass and lime leaves listed in the ingredients???

    • I couldn’t find lemon grass and lime leaves in stores so I had to adapt the recipe without them! :( Still tasted great thought!

      • Kathleen Jobe

        I have the same problem where I live. But I think you should still list them in the ingredients with (optional) behind them. I would have purchased them on a trip to Seattle had I seen them in the ingredient list. I know, my bad for not reading through the entire recipe first.

  • Francesca G.

    penso che gli asparagi siano la cosa più fotogenica del mondo :D

    • Chiaramente ho scelto quella ricetta solo per poter fotografare gli asparagi!! ;)

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