Grilled Asparagus

Mmm. Asparagus. You can steam them, boil them, roast them, but I don’t think anything beats the flavor of asparagus that are simply grilled. The smoky flavor, the char marks. Tender, but still with a little crunch. Seriously good. I could (and have) eat them like French fries. Yum.

Grilled Asparagus Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.


  • 1 pound asparagus (estimate 1/4 pound per person), thick spears
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Kosher salt


1 Preheat your grill for high, direct heat.


2 Prepare the asparagus by breaking or cutting off any tough bottom ends (can save for stock, or discard). Place the asparagus in a pan (to contain the spears while you put them on and take them off the grill). Coat them with olive oil and sprinkle salt over them.

3 Grill the asparagus spears for 5-10 minutes, until nicely charred and just fork tender, turning them every few minutes so that they brown relatively evenly.

Remove from grill and serve.

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  • kate

    Yum! My favorite! I could eat it by the bushel. Sometimes I add a little drizzle of balsamic too. I think using thick spears (which are always better, IMHO) are important for grilling too.

  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook

    Grilled asparagus is one of the best things about spring! And, once again, another perfect thing to drop a poached egg on top of. Eggs + asparagus = Beautiful May days to me, when everything is finally fresh and alive again. Yum!

  • Steve

    Grilled is the only way I make asparagus. You just can’t beat it.

    Also, I let it marinate for 20-30 min in some balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and pepper along with the olive oil and salt. The vinegar doesn’t give too much in that short amount of time, but it does add a little something extra to it.

  • Daria

    Grilled asparagus is awesome. I have also added some balsamic vinegar to the oil and salt mixture.

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