This Grilled Asparagus recipe is so easy to make!
Grilling asparagus is super simple! Cooked until tender and crisp, and drizzled with this tangy vinaigrette, grilled asparagus is incredibly flavorful too! It makes an elegant appetizer or a tasty side dish, perfect for summer dining. There are multiple entrées that grilled asparagus can be served with such as fish, vegetarian main dishes, or steaks on the grill. And don’t toss those leftovers! Chop them up and add to soups or salads, even sandwiches. So keep this recipe close at hand beside all those other summer bbq favorites!
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Greatest Grilled Asparagus!
- Grilling asparagus adds a smoky flavor to the marinade and the grill marks make for stunning table presentation!
- Make grilled asparagus as a fancy appetizer or tasty side dish! Cooking for a crowd? Keep cooked pieces wrapped in foil in a warm oven until ready to serve.
- Grilled asparagus is a healthy and super easy veggie recipe to prepare! Serve with beef, chicken, pork, and salmon. As an appetizer, serve with homemade tzatziki, or a tangy Greek yogurt dip.
Ingredients & Variations
ASPARAGUS: Asparagus can have light green, purple, or even pink-tinged tips. Choose stalks that are free of blemishes and deep green in color. Asparagus is best when it’s seasonal (May to late June) and on sale! Stock up, serve some, and save some for later!
MARINADE: Vinegar, lemon zest and juice, Dijon, and some savory seasonings like garlic and onion powder make up this basic marinade. Mix any of these DIY blends into the olive oil in Step 3 for a new twist every time. Try Italian dressing mix, jerk seasoning, or any pre-made bottle of vinaigrette.
VARIATIONS: Asparagus is mildly sweet so nearly any combination of seasonings will enhance the flavor. A brush of melted lemon butter with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese is totally tasty, too! Wrap asparagus in par-cooked bacon or prosciutto before grilling for a fun, hand-held appetizer.
How to Grill Asparagus
Grilling asparagus is an easy way to bring out the flavor while keeping the texture tender and crisp. It’s easy:
- Prepare asparagus and lay on baking pan.
- Mix marinade ingredients, whisking in olive oil to emuslify.
- Drizzle marinade over asparagus and grill (per recipe below)
- Remove from grill and season to taste.
Tips for Amazing Asparagus Every Time
- Hold the asparagus and snap off the end where it naturally breaks off.
- Line up the first piece with the others on a cutting board and cut the rest of the pieces where the end starts on the first piece. Now you have asparagus stalks with even lengths!
- Be sure to grill asparagus perpendicular to the grill grates so they don’t fall through.
- Watch carefully when grilling so they don’t burn!
- Keep leftover grilled asparagus in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Chop and add to stir-fries, omelets, a quiche, or casseroles!
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- 1 pound asparagus medium thickness is best
- ¼-½ teaspoon kosher salt to taste
- Preheat grill to medium high heat.
- Wash and dry asparagus. Break off woody end by holding the end and about half way down the asparagus, then bend and snap it at the natural point it breaks. Place on a tray or plate.
- In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to emulsify the marinade.
- Drizzle 2 Tablespoons marinade over the asparagus and toss to coat (add a little more if it’s not coated).
- Place asparagus perpendicular to the grate (so it won’t fall through). Grill the asparagus directly over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes until tender, turning once or twice, leaving the grill closed otherwise.
- Sprinkle with salt and remaining marinade and serve.
- Hold asparagus at each end and snap off where it naturally breaks. This will remove the toughest portion of the asparagus.
- For evenly sized asparagus, use the first one as a guide and cut the remaining to match.
- Avoid asparagus falling through the grill grates by placing them perpendicular to the grates.
- Asparagus cooks quickly, so be careful not to over cook or burn them.
- Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 3 days.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.