Grilled Asparagus

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh asparagus spears with just a touch of olive oil and salt quickly grilled. Make this tonight for a fast, healthy side dish.

Grilled Asparagus
Elise Bauer

Mmm. Asparagus. You can steam it, boil it, or roast it, but I don't think anything beats the flavor of asparagus that is simply grilled.

Why Grill Asparagus?

The smoky flavor, the char marks. Tender, but still with a little crunch. Grilled asparagus is seriously so good! I could eat it like French fries (and have).

The best thing about grilling asparagus? It’s so easy. You don't need anything more than thick asparagus spears, olive oil, salt, and a hot grill. It just takes a few minutes to get some char.

Grilled Asparagus
Elise Bauer

More Ways to Enjoy Asparagus

How to Buy and Store the Best Asparagus

The best, freshest asparagus is what you can buy seasonally from a local farmer (or grow in your own kitchen garden). To ensure you're buying fresh asparagus—in or out of season—follow these tips.

  • Check the tips. They should be firm and springy. If they are soft, move on to another bunch.
  • Check the stalks, They should be firm. If they are soft and rubbery, they aren't fresh.
  • Check the ends. If they are woody, it's not the best, but it's okay. You'll be removing the ends. Shriveled or split ends indicate the asparagus is past its prime.

To store asparagus, first remove the rubber band if there is one around the stems. Remove any packaging. Then, treat the asparagus like flowers. Trim about a half inch from the bottom of each stalk and refrigerate in a container of water. This will keep the stalks fresh for 2 or 3 days.

For a simpler method, remove the rubber band or any wrapping, and wrap a damp paper towel around the stems of the asparagus stalks. Place in a plastic bag, and store in your refrigerator's vegetable drawer.

What to Grill With Asparagus

If you have the grill hot, you might as well put it to work!

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Grilled Asparagus

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

Thick asparagus work best for grilling; get the chubbiest spears you can. Thin spears will dry out before they get a good char.


  • 1 pound thick asparagus spears

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat your grill:

    Set the grill for high, direct heat.

  2. Prep and season the asparagus:

    Prepare the asparagus by breaking or cutting off any tough bottom ends (you can save them 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.

    Elise Bauer
  3. Grill the asparagus:

    Brush the grill grates lightly with olive oil. Place the asparagus spears on the grill so that the thickest ends are aimed toward the hottest part of the grill.

    (Alternatively, you can use a grill pan, heat on high.)

    Grill the asparagus spears for 2-4 minutes, until lightly charred and just fork tender, turning them often so that they brown on all sides.

    Remove from grill and serve.

    Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
85 Calories
7g Fat
5g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 254mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.