Learning how to grill asparagus is not hard! It’s delicious and done in just a few minutes. Perfectly seasoned but packed with flavor.
Grilled asparagus is a delicious and tasty side dish that is perfect for the warm grilling weather of summer! When you know how to grill asparagus, you’ll never want to go back to other cooking methods.
Turning a healthy vegetable into a grilled dish is an inspired way to change it up a little and enjoy it in a whole new light. With healthy grilled asparagus, you can get everyone to want to eat their veggies without complaint.
It’s not hard learning how to cook asparagus on the grill, but you will need to pay attention to how long you cook it because not all asparagus is the same size.
Of course, that’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds and you can pretty much just look at these long green things and know when they’re done grilling.
Thanks to your grill, you can cook an entire meal outside without heating up the house.
With grilled asparagus and a grilled main dish like grilled salmon or grilled lamb chops, you can have an entire meal cooked outside under the blue skies and gentle breezes.
How to Cook Asparagus on the Grill
- In a bowl or large zipper topped bag, toss all of the ingredients together until well coated.
- Preheat your grill to high heat. The temperature gauge should read about 500ºF.
- Place your asparagus on the grill, lengthwise so that they don’t fall through the grates.
- Grill the asparagus for about 3 minutes. Then, rotate the asparagus stalks, and cook for about 3 more minutes.
- The asparagus will still have a crunch to it when it is finished but should be soft enough to still bite and enjoy.
How Long to Grill Asparagus?
Depending on the overall thickness of your asparagus you will find that most sizes are cooked within 5 minutes. If your asparagus is really skinny and then, then it definitely won’t take as long as cooking one of a larger girth.
Pay attention to your asparagus so that they don’t overcook, but even if they do cook a minute or two too long, they should still turn out edible- they’ll just be softer to bite into.
What Does Grilled Asparagus Taste Like?
Grilled asparagus tastes very similar to roasted asparagus but with a noticeable and favorable difference. You have the slightly smokey flavor from the fire of the grill, combines with a little bit of char and sweetness you can only get when cooking them over an open flame.
It’s honestly a great combination of flavors, I insist that everyone try grilled asparagus at least once in their lives to see for themselves.
How to Prepare Asparagus
Wash and dry your asparagus so that they’re clean and ready to go. Lay your asparagus on a cutting board and chop off the bottom 2 inches or so of the stalks to remove the dry wooden parts (no one wants to eat that!)
Or, alternatively, you can hold each stalk, one at a time, in both hands and break the stalk. In one hand hold the tip of the asparagus and in the other hold the bottom. Bend at a slight U shape. The asparagus will break in the spot between the good part and the wooden part.
They break perfectly every time. This can prevent you from over or undercutting some stalks, and it’s great if you don’t have a sharp knife handy.
How to Grill Asparagus
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 pound asparagus trimmed
- Toss all of the ingredients together.
- Preheat the grill on high heat, the temperature guage should read about 500ºF.
- Place asparagus on teh grill, lengthwise so it doesn't fall through the grates.
- Grill for about 3 minutes, rotate the asparagus stalks, and then cook for about 3 more minutes.
- The asparagus will still have a crunch to it when it is finished.