How to Grill Asparagus
There are many different ways on how to grill asparagus and it is very simple to grill and enjoy. You can have this freshly grilled favorite side dish in just 10 minutes, including preparation time! This grilled asparagus recipe is a great for grilling and compliments just about any dish – whether you’re cooking pork, beef, chicken, or fish.
It is also very healthy to eat asparagus – it is a low calorie, fat free food also low in sodium. It is a great source of Folic acid, Vitamin C, Potassium, and protein. With so many health benefits, there’s no reason not to eat it, not to mention it tastes great!
Choosing and using fresh asparagus for grilling is best. If you are lucky enough to be able to grow your own asparagus, it can be a great way to enjoy your garden by grilling the veggies to go along with your favorite meals.
If buying asparagus at your local market or store, you will want to look for thinner asparagus that is firm and has its full green coloring in the heads. Some may have a slight purple coloring streaks to it. You do not want to use asparagus that is yellowish, brownish, wet, limp, or has a smell to it.
To prepare the asparagus, simply cut off the bottoms where the green color is fading. You can also do this by holding the bottom of the asparagus and bending it until it breaks, this is called snapping the asparagus. You’ll want to leave the heads of the plant intact.
There are many different ways to serve asparagus, but grilling it is pretty simple using our directions below.
How to Grill Asparagus:
You Will Need:
Asparagus Stalks, cleaned with ends removed
1 Lemon for squeezing the juice
Olive Oil (Enough to coat the asparagus)
Kosher or Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
1. Spread the stalks of asparagus on the aluminum foil. You will want to make sure you have enough foil to wrap the asparagus to grill it.
2. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil.
3. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the asparagus.
4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Fold foil over asparagus, making sure the edges are sealed.
6. Grill for approximately 5-6 minutes, until the asparagus is still firm but starting to soften. Do not place over direct flame unless you like charbroiled asparagus.
7. Serve and enjoy!
There are many great toppings you can add to your asparagus to give it different flavors and textures. You can sprinkle it with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, it is also very good with crumbled feta cheese. Some people enjoy sprinkling their asparagus with garlic or grilling it with slivered almonds. You can also make a white sauce for topping the asparagus to mimic many restaurants.
Now that you know how to grill asparagus, you are ready to make dinner! What time should we come over? (Just kidding!)
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