This vegetable is a summer grilling must-have
Large, thick asparagus spears work best for an outdoor grill; smaller spears may fall through the grate.
Grilled asparagus is an easy, healthy way to incorporate some vegetables into your next barbecue. Not only does the char enhance the flavor of the asparagus, but this grilled vegetable is equally delicious served hot or at room temperature, making it perfect for easy outdoor entertaining.
It only takes a few ingredients to transform asparagus into a summer grilling must-have. The easiest way to prepare asparagus for the grill (or an indoor grill pan) is to lay the spears in a wide shallow dish, drizzle them with olive oil and coarse salt, then shake the dish from side to side until the asparagus is lightly and evenly coated in oil. Large, thick spears work best for an outdoor grill; smaller spears may fall through the grate.
The prepared asparagus spears can then be grilled in a single layer until they’ve softened slightly and have a few visible char marks. To finish your grilled asparagus, try drizzling them with lemon juice or freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
Click here for an easy grilled asparagus recipe.
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The simplest things are often the most delicious. And pretty. And even good for you. And sometimes fast. This is all of those things.
Because the asparagus won’t soak up all that much of the vinaigrette if you pour it over shortly before serving, the amount of dressing will feel a bit ample. This makes it very conducive to a couple of things. Either serve the asparagus over a bed of cooked grains, such as rice, quinoa, or millet, and let the grain soak up the tangy vinaigrette.
Or make sure you have some lovely crusty bread at the table so once the asparagus is gone (or at least once you can see the bottom of the serving platter you) and your guests and grab little hunks of bread and swipe up some of this oh so tasty dressing. Make sure to mention this to your people.
Grilled Asparagus with Vinaigrette: A fabulous, pretty, simple warm-weather side. Make sure to serve with grains or crusty bread to sop up all of the tangy vinaigrette.Tweet This
Ingredients for grilled asparagus
Two pluses to grilled asparagus: you only need a few ingredients and it’s extraordinarily quick to grill! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 bunch asparagus, the thinner spears the better
- 1/2 lemon
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
If you’d like you can sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese as a garnish, but it’s not necessary flavor-wise. It’s perfect with just a spritz of lemon! If you have some shredded Parmesan around though: it’s tasty with a sprinkle.
How to Grill Asparagus
Keep it simple. Cooking asparagus on the grill couldn’t be easier! Simply drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and toss the spears with your hands to coat. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and toss again.
You can do this step right before putting the asparagus on the grill, or any time before cooking. Asparagus is sturdy so it won’t wilt or soften with the addition of the oil or kosher salt.
No need for grilled asparagus on foil. Preheat the grill to medium heat (between 350°- 400°F) and brush the grill grates clean. Place the asparagus across the grill grates perpendicular to the bars so they don’t fall through—forget the foil! Grill with the lid closed until the spears are tender and crisp.
Use tongs to roll the spears for even grill marks. Tongs make it easier to maneuver the spears than a flipper or fork.
How to Grill Asparagus
Ready to learn how to grill asparagus? Here’s what you need to do:
- First, trim the bottom of the asparagus spears to remove the woody ends. You can trim the spears with a knife, or use your hands to break them. Hold the end of a spear in one hand, and bend the spear until it snaps. It should break in just the right spot – where the woody part ends and the tender part begins. Repeat with the remaining spears!
- Then, toss the trimmed asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Next, cook! Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat, and grill the spears for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
That’s it! The asparagus is ready when it’s fork-tender and lightly charred. Remove it from the heat, and enjoy!
For an extra boost of flavor, grill lemon halves alongside the asparagus. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil, season them with salt and pepper, and grill the halves cut-side-down until grill marks form. When you’re ready to eat, squeeze the charred lemon juice over the asparagus spears. It’s so simple and delicious!
Find the complete recipe at the bottom of this post.
So easy and so delicious. I tried this yesterday and roasted some beets. what an amazing salad they made!
Why oh why do people grill asparagus? It completely changes the flavor and makes it bitter. Steaming is much better.
We've been using a similar methodology for a few years now. The only difference is we don't use the skewers and cook them at most 3 minutes. I admit that I like asparagus to have a bit of crunch, so 2-3 minutes total is probably the optimal time on the grill. I will admit to losing an asparagus spear here and there to the grill gods, but that's a small price to pay for a tiny bit of heaven :-)
I grill asparagus using similar method routinely, but without all the skewering fuss, just make sure the stalks are perpendicular to the grill! and the spaces of the grill are small. A trick from Bobby Flay is to use a bit of mayo instead of the olive oil and a healthy dose of garlic. Toss, and grill. Comes out nicely flecked with char marks and wonderful garlic essence.
Grilled asparagus is delicious and easy. Use thicker stalks of asparagus as they grill easier and taste better. Toss with olive oil and salt (flour de del) before grilling. No need to use skewers, just clean and oil hot grill with vegetable oil before cooking. Place spears perpendicular to grill and roll with long tongs when turning half-way through cooking time (4 -6 minutes over medium direct grill).
I've been making this recipe for years. First, you have to LIKE the taste of grilling to like this recipe. Second, this is best on the grill - that's the whole point, right? Third, asparagus (to me) taste best when it still has a bit of a crunch and isn't completely killed. Be patient with threading, and try and find shorter flat skewers (@ Whole Foods) bc they work better. Hold the tips of the asparagus and bend where it naturally snaps is the perfect separation of the tough from the tender parts. Then I toss in a plastic bag with EVO and balsamic. Then thread grind a good quality S&P over them. Put on a plate and set next to the meat your man is about to grill - watch him ooh and ahh at what a cool idea it is, cook it, then rave about it! On a similar note, you can use this exact technique with any veggies you want to grill. Try thick slices of Vidalia onions (unseparated so they are still a solid disc) - to die for!
This is similar to my basic "go to" grilled asparagus recipe. However, once the asparagus "deadwood" is broken off, we use a sheet of heavy aluminum foil sprayed lightly with regular Pam. No skewers, no worries about veggies falling through grill. Then I drizzle the veggies with Meyers Lemon Olive Oil and a little sea salt and pepper. Grill to desired degree of crunchiness. Simple and delicious!
I could eat this all day long.
This is pretty good. I love all ingredients in this recipe.
My favorite way, is to oven roast in a single layer 2 lb. asparagus tossed in oil, seasoned with ground sea salt and pepper at 450 maybe for 15 min. or little longer till they are a little on the crispy side. Cooked like this, my Husband forgives me any mishap with the rest of the meal.
I used a sandwich griller for 5 minutes. Cooked both sides at once - came out perfect.
To simplify the dinner, I par boiled the asparagus then used a grill pan to complete the grilling. The aparagus looke beautiful with distintive grill marks and a hearty flavor. I used my special Maine Sea Salt -you can really taste the difference when you use it. The presentation was great.
use weber grilling basket -- wonderful taste
this was okay - i think the reader who suggested par boiling prior to grilling is probably on to something. still a bit crunchy for my taste.
More on the skewering. there is a reason the recipe calls for 6" skewers. Thought this was a clever idea, soaked ɾm per the recipe, but only had 8" skewers and unfortunately, threaded 5 (skinny) spring asparagus with room in between each. Oops. Wooden skewers caught on fire and we had to pull them off while continuing to grill asparagus. Lesson learned, skinny asparagus cooks very quickly, so thread closer together, leaving less exposed wood or ditch the skewers all together. We have grilled asparagus before, minus the skewers and it still tastes yummy. They are not difficult to grill if you place ɾm perpendicular to the rack lines and have a few utensils. Go light on the olive oil (don't drench ɾm) and definitely add a bit of lemon, either in a marinade or after the grilling. Have seen a number of grilling baskets out there. Wondering if any one has any suggestions?
Simple and delicious. but four forks seems a tad much for such a simple recipe! I parboil the asparagus in 1" of water for about three minutes, then plunge them into icy water to stop the cooking. This step enables me to shorten the grilling time, minimizing the risk the asparagus will char but still ensuring they are still tender. Also, I find that one skewer is sufficient to prevent the asparagus from falling thru the tines of the grill. Will make again!
3 Ingredient Easy Grilled Asparagus Recipe Foil Packet
Grilled asparagus recipe foil packets are perfect for a backyard BBQ or camping. Tender asparagus is simply seasoned with olive oil and season salt.
Total Time: 25 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min
- Trim the ends of the asparagus spears.
- Put all the trimmed asparagus on a large piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with season salt.
- Put a second piece of foil on top of the asparagus. Fold up all the sides to make a secure packets (roll at least 3 times, more if possible).
- Heat up your grill. Put the foil packet over direct heat on the grill for 10 minutes. If your grilling something else, move the asparagus to indirect heat while cooking the rest of your meal. (otherwise another 5 minutes or so over direct heat)
- Carefully open your foil packet by cutting open the top piece of foil (there will be steam). Toss the cooked asparagus in the seasoning. Let cool a few minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1/2 Pound
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1.1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 164.5mg, Carbohydrates: 8.8g, Fiber 4.8g, Sugars: 4.3g, Protein 5g
Lightly coat asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat your George Foreman Grill with the lid closed for at least 5 minutes. Use high settings if you have it.
Place asparagus on the grill and close the lid.
Grill for 3 minutes or until tender (you can also turn them occasionally so they are nicely cooked).
Transfer grilled asparagus to a plate and serve while they are hot. For extra special flavor squeeze a lemon wedge over the asparagus just before eating.
Once you have your asparagus spears, you want to get them ready for the grill. Start by taking one spear in your hand and breaking it towards the bottom of the stem. There will be a natural spot where the asparagus spear snaps. Trim the remaining asparagus to a similar length. This removes the fibrous end that can sometimes be chewy or hard to eat.
Next, you will want to add flavor. You'll want to focus on adding:
- Oil: Asparagus cooks best with a little bit of fat. For the grill, I like to add some olive oil. Avocado oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, and other oils will also work. Butter tends to burn on the grill, so if you would like to use butter, wait and drizzle it over the top after grilling.
- Acid: The slight sweetness of asparagus pairs great with acid. You can use vinegar or citrus for that additional flavor. Consider balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, or another acid.
- Flavor: Last up, add some flavor. You can go simple and use salt and pepper or spice things up with grill seasoning, lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, or any other spices or seasonings you like. Many people like to add garlic to asparagus. Fresh minced garlic or garlic powder both work.
Once your asparagus is flavored, there are a few options for cooking it.
- Directly on the grill: Asparagus can be cooked directly on a hot grill. The only complication is that the asparagus may fall through the grill grates and it can be difficult to flip all the asparagus in time since they cook quickly. However, it will come out delicious cooked right on the grill. Using skewers can make this easier, see below.
- Skewered on the grill: One trick for making asparagus easier to grill is to put the asparagus on skewers. Lay the asparagus out and thread them on the skewer. Then when it is time to flip the asparagus, you can flip them all at the same time. One skewer will suffice, but two skewers threaded through the top and bottom of the stalk, make it incredibly easy to flip and cook.
- Grill basket: Grilling asparagus in a grill basket is another really easy way to cook them. Add them to the basket and cook for 3-4 minutes until they begin to char on one side. Shake the basket and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
- Foil: If you don't have a grill basket, you can also just create a simple foil basket. Grab some heavy duty foil and fold up the edges. Add the asparagus in the center and place on the grill. Do not seal the foil, leave it open. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then shake the foil. Cook for 2-3 more minutes. You won't get quite as much char with this method as a grill basket, but it works in a pinch.
Did you guys know that my husband can cook his butt off? He&rsquos developed many of the recipes you see here on this site, and this asparagus is another one of his specialties. It is simple, easy, and delicious.
We love doing this on our Traeger wood-pellet grill to add a touch of smoke to the mix, and I think you will too. If you don&rsquot have a Traeger yet, don&rsquot let that stop you. This will work just as well on whatever grill you have.
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Grilled Asparagus is a special treat of the summer months when asparagus is tender and plentiful, and we like to have it as often as possible.
Serve this up at your next BBQ, and watch it disappear onto even the pickiest palates.
HOW TO GRILL ASPARAGUS
- Heat up grill
- Put seasoned asparagus on the grill
- Close grill for 4 minutes
- Open Grill
Seriously though &ndash this is so easy. You don&rsquot really need a &ldquorecipe&rdquo, but I&rsquom glad you showed up here for one anyway!
How to Grill Asparagus In Foil
We like to do a quick tin-foil tray with some sides on it around these parts. You don&rsquot want that butter to run right off the edge!
I recommend non-stick foil always and forever because I love that stuff with all of my everything, but if you don&rsquot have any I always recommend a little cooking spray on your cooking vessel pre-grilling.
Once that&rsquos done you just pop it on the grill. It cooks in minutes, but don&rsquot overdo it! You definitely want this to be a little under rather than a little over. No one likes limp mushy asparagus.
How to Cook Asparagus on the Grill
- Preheat your grill! You want it hot when you put it on there.
- Don&rsquot skimp on the seasonings.
- LESS IS MORE. Please don&rsquot overcook!
- Make more than you think you&rsquoll need. Even my vegetable-haters LOVE this. You&rsquore going to want seconds.
- Buy the thin asparagus. No thicker than a pencil is ideal.
- Snap off the ends to prevent you from getting the tough woody parts.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH GRILLED ASPARAGUS
- A homemade Strawberry Lemon Daiquiri for sipping while you are standing over that hot grill!
- How about a Grilled Vegetable Pasta salad while you&rsquore at it!
- What about your main dish? This Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Herb Sauce is fast, easy, and AMAZING.
- are amazing for an appetizer or a main dish! are a new family favorite. You don&rsquot need a Traeger to make these, but you&rsquore going to want one.
- Speaking of Traegers, this Grilled Chicken will blow your mind.
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Stacey says, &ldquoTruly the best asparagus recipe I&rsquove ever had! My husband, who isn&rsquot crazy about asparagus, had seconds of this!! We have already made this close to 10 times this summer!&rdquo
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