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An easy asparagus side dish with a touch of lemon, butter and Parmesan cheese to make in-season asparagus extra special!

12 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 450g fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 30g melted butter
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ground white pepper to taste

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:8min ›Ready in:13min

  1. Place asparagus and water in a microwave-safe dish and cover. Microwave on High until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Preheat the grill.
  3. Remove asparagus from dish and place in a single layer on the prepared baking tray.
  4. Squeeze lemon wedge into melted butter and drizzle over asparagus. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and ground white pepper over asparagus.
  5. Place under grill until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

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by Lulu_cupcakes

This was SO good! I eyeballed the measurements, and it was super quick and easy to make. The only change I made was adding a sprinkle of sea salt. This recipe will be going into regular rotation for sure!-28 Jan 2013

The Meatwave

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I like to schedule my posts a couple months in advance, and back in January I thought by mid-March things would be warming up (at least here in Durham), I'd be feeling the desire to switch from orange to green veggies, and asparagus season would not be long off. As I'm sitting down to actually write the post a couple days before it goes live, I'm both watching a winter storm unfold outside of my window and will soon be venturing to the kitchen to cook burgers and roasted carrots for dinner&mdashnot quite the picture of a coming spring I imagined a couple months ago. So this post is more aspirational than realistic, but when that fresh, inexpensive asparagus starts to hit the markets soon, at least you'll be armed with this recipe to do it up right.

I personally really love grilling asparagus. To me, high heat application is best way to bring out this vegetable's full flavor potential with the ideal crisp-tender consistancy, and a live fire only adds to the overall excellence. Showcasing the vegetable's natural flavor alone is usually all I'm after, which leaves my prep to consist of nothing more than tossing in oil and seasoning with salt and pepper.

I feel like asparagus isn't often thought of for the grill though, which is shame. I think a lot that perception lays in the fact that its long and slender shape looks ill equipped for grill grates that have very welcoming slots for the stalks to slip through. But if you just change your perception, and literal position, ninety degrees, it's really hard for long asparagus to fall through if they're just situated perpendicular to to grates.

And because the combo of direct and very heat, asparagus cooks in no time on the grill, or at least even faster than in the oven. To me, this makes the veggie an ideal choice to quickly cook up while steaks or other meats are resting, or just when I want something fast and simple, which is often.

On any given day, this is where my asparagus recipe would end, but I decided to make this batch a bit more special using lemon and parmesan. Right after removing the stalks from the grill and plating, I squeezed on some fresh lemon juice and then lest the asparagus sit until cooled slightly. The reason for the rest lay in my plan to finish this side dish with a generous coating of grated parmesan, but wanted to cheese to be in its raw state, so needed to avoid the threat of melting that's presented by a piping hot veggie.

Luckily, asparagus is just as good warm as it is hot, and thanks to the added parmesan, the short wait was well worth it. The sharp, salty, and savory qualities of the cheese added a lot of complexity to the well seasoned asparagus that already had a boost of freshness from the lemon and extra depth of flavor from the light char produced from grilling. It's really not much of a recipe, but it's damn effective and a great gateway into Spring, whenever that arrives.

Grill Asparagus

I do know that you simply guys will love this recipe! It’s the good option to get in your veggies while you’re grilling and the topping is so good that children will adore it as properly. And the parmesan garlic topping. This can be a 5 star recipe!

  • Asparagus: Put together asparagus and trim the bottoms. Lay the asparagus within the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss within the olive oil.
  • Grill: Lay the asparagus on the grill in a row. Grill for 5-10 minutes over medium excessive warmth till they’ve char marks and are fork tender. Take away asparagus and place again within the pan. Toss with garlic and parmesan cheese. Serve.
  • Use Foil! *You may also grill the asparagus in foil if desired.

Do You Wash Asparagus Earlier than Cooking?

Rinse the spears underneath cool water to take away any grit. Snap off the underside inch or so utilizing your fingers the stems will naturally break the place the robust woody half ends and the tender stem begins. Dry the spears by rolling them between two kitchen towels.

How to Grill Asparagus

  • Preheat the grill: you want to hear the stalks sizzle and start to char right away.
  • Make sure you grill your asparagus perpendicular to the grates so the stalks don’t slip through, or use a grill basket.

Asparagus Grill Times:

  • Grill the asparagus for 2-3 minutes until they are tender. Do not over cook or they will become mushy. Serve them immediately after cooking!

How to grill in a foil packet? I like the look, flavor and texture that grilling directly on the grill grate gives, but you can also wrap your asparagus in foil packets before throwing them on the grill. Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes depending on the size.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Asparagus on the Grill?

  • Your cook time will vary depending on the size of your asparagus but it usually takes about 10 minutes. I like to shake the pan a few times during the cooking process. If you are placing them directly on the grate, turn once during the cooking process.
  • Use a fork to test the asparagus for tenderness. I like mine fork tender!
  • Remove the asparagus from the pan onto a serving dish and sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese.

Grilled asparagus is pretty much the perfect veggie to serve with any meal. If I’m feeling extra crazy I will drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the top of it before serving. I love the slightly smoky flavor cooking asparagus on the grill gets and if you put it directly on the grill it will get nice char marks too. So easy and simple, all you need is asparagus, olive oil and some garlic salt. Parmesan cheese is optional!

What do you serve with asparagus? Here are some of my favorites:

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Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic and Parmesan

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. We are counting down the last day’s of school, I always forget how busy these weeks are. I am looking forward to summer vacation. I like the reprieve from the schedule for a bit.

This is hard to even call a recipe, but something that I make at least twice a week. I like asparagus, but I absolutely love it grilled. It is so easy to make, and takes about 7 minutes from start to finish. My favorite kind of recipe. 9 times out of 10, if I am grilling chicken or a steak, I throw a bunch of asparagus on the grill. I drizzle a little olive oil and put the stalks directly on the grates. I take them off and sometimes just add a squeeze of lemon juice, or a little dressing if I have made a salad. Most of the time, it is just a splash of balsamic and some Parmesan cheese. The simplest things are usually the best.

1 bunch asparagus
Olive oil
Borsari salt (or regular salt and pepper)
Balsamic vinegar
Parmesan cheese

Clean asparagus, and trim stalks. Heat grill to high heat. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus. Season with Borsari salt.

Grill for 3 to 5 minutes, or until they are lightly charred and still crisp. Transfer to a plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese.

How to Buy and Store Asparagus

When shopping for fresh asparagus, look for grocery displays where the spears are upright, standing in shallow water or ice. This care will extend the time you can store it at home.

Inspect the heads of the spears for plump, tight leaves, and firm stems that give a faint squeak when you gently squeeze the bunch. Resist buying asparagus where the stems or tips look dry or wrinkled.

Thin or thick doesn’t matter as much as supple and fresh, though our preference is a diameter of about 1/4-inch. Thicker asparagus can be peeled to improve texture, if needed.

Yeah, my fridge isn’t this clean either but I do store asparagus like this.

The ideal way to keep asparagus spears as fresh as possible at home is to trim the fibrous ends to create a fresh cut about 1/2-inch or so from the bottom (like you do for a Christmas tree). Stand the spears up in an inch of water and store them in the refrigerator. This will keep the asparagus from drying out.

Any container that will hold the asparagus upright will work we often use a large coffee cup or immersion blender cup. This method will keep the asparagus fresh for up to a week, perhaps longer if it was kept this way in the store.

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



  1. Trim the ends of the asparagus spears.
  2. Put all the trimmed asparagus on a large piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with season salt.
  3. 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).
  4. 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)
  5. 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

Togarashi Grilled Asparagus

This asparagus is so good, I could eat them like french fries. This grilled asparagus recipe is so addictive! Any asparagus lover will appreciate the bold and slightly spicy bite from the Togarashi too.

I am a huge fan of grilled asparagus, I know you can bake, sautee, and even steam it, but nothing tastes better than classically grilled asparagus.

I love the traditional flavors of butter, parmesan, garlic, and a straight salt and pepper. Today I wanted something more, something different, something that could steal the show a little bit!

Who said side dishes couldn&rsquot be the highlight of the meal? I love making side dishes unique, and the star of our dinners.

This Togashi grilled asparagus is so fantastic and perfect to serve up this summer at your cookouts and barbecues. Your guests will love it, and it takes minimal effort to make.

Do you need something to serve this with? Highly recommend this Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe from The Cookie Rookie!

Togarashi Japanese Spice Blend

If you have not heard of togarashi, you have to try it out! Togarashi is a mixed spice blend that offers that sweet, toasty, and a little heat to your dish. Togarashi is also referred to as Japanese 7 Spice. It is a trendy spice blend that can be used on proteins, side dishes, or to top your ramen, sushi, or favorite slice of pizza.

It offers a really nice complexity to a dish, and it is different than a splash of hot sauce.

Dishes That Togarashi Compliments Well

You can use this spice blend pretty much anywhere. Of course, I love it on asparagus, but this seasoning blend is so versatile.

I love introducing new spices into our meals it helps transform the food in a new way that makes it help us not to get tired of the same old meals.

The possibilities are truly endless. If you love to venture out on spices, give this one a go. I think you will really enjoy it.

You can find a number of Togarashi recipes on OWYD too. Here are some of my favorites.

What Should I Serve with Togarashi Grilled Asparagus?

I&rsquove got lots of great options for you in my Traeger Recipe Ideas section, and some of my favorites are my Traeger Grilled Pork Chops, the Traeger Smoked Shrimp, and of course the Traeger Prime Rib Roast.

Tips for Preparing Asparagus For Grilling

Snap off the ends, instead of cutting

You can snap off the ends of asparagus, instead of cutting it. You just hold the asparagus spear with your hands and firmly bring your hands together bending the spear and let it naturally break. It will break where it becomes tough, saving you time guessing where to cut. I learned this years ago, and I have found it to be instrumental in getting rid of the woody part of the asparagus.

What if I can&rsquot grill them right on the grates?

If you have troubles with wide grill grates and don&rsquot want your vegetables directly on the grill, another great tip is to use a broiler pan for grilling. It keeps your asparagus contained, so they don&rsquot slide through the grates but allows some smoke to get through from the bottom.

You can put skewers through the asparagus so that you can easily flip multiple asparagus spears at a time. This only works if you have really thick asparagus though, and I have found it to be more work than it&rsquos worth.

I prefer the aluminum foil or broiler pan, but those are a few different options I find helpful.

1 pound of fresh asparagus will leave you with about 16-20 spears, So this can be a good gauge as to how much fresh asparagus to buy to feed your family or guests. Almost err on the side of making MORE than you think you need though with these grilled asparagus recipes. People really gobble them up!