Perfectly crisp, tender crunchy asparagus made on the grill. Grilling Asparagus on Gas Grill is easy to do! It's a simple side dish that only takes minutes to make!
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❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
I think just about any vegetable grilled tastes better, wouldn't you agree? There's something about the smoke and char that adds a ton of flavor with minimal effort.
BBQ'ing asparagus on the grill is a quick and easy side dish and takes just minutes to make. While you're letting your bbq'd chicken or steak rest, then toss these on the grill and poof they are done!
The first time I tried grilled asparagus was when I moved to a little town in Wisconsin. It was over at my friend Mary's house and they were so sweet and tender!
I immediately when home and planted some asparagus roots.
Only to find out that they wouldn't produce for two or three years! I was able to enjoy just a few stalks before moving out of the area, darn it!
The amazing thing about asparagus is that the plant is a perennial. It comes back each year! And each year produces more abundantly than the previous year.
I'm hoping someone is enjoying delicious spring asparagus right now!
- fresh asparagus spears - available year-round at the market and during the spring at farmers markets!
- olive oil - adds flavor and also helps the seasonings stick.
- kosher salt, black pepper & seasoning salt to bring out the best of the vegetable.
- fresh lemon juice - optional, but I recommend it! Squeezing lemon juice over the asparagus at the end adds so much flavor!
This is really so simple and the best way to grill a
- wash the asparagus well
- snap off the ends
- preheat the grill
- drizzle with olive oil
- place the asparagus stalks on the grill, perpendicular to the grill grates. That way they won't fall through the grill (see below for example).
- sprinkle with salt, freshly ground black pepper and seasoning salt
- finish with a squeeze of lemon
Often the bottom of the stalk is woody and tough to chew. Simply snap off the end and discard or save it to make vegetable broth.
The stalks will be firm and bright green - the tips purple and dark green.
If the stalks are thick you can blanch them for two minutes, but it's not something I've done. I try and choose thin stalks and so it's not necessary. Anything to cut out an extra step and more dirty dishes, right? 🤣
Absolutely, the young tender stalks are quite tasty raw!
I grill it whenever possible, but if it's cold, rainy or you just don't feel like going outside you can certainly roast the asparagus in the oven instead.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Prepare the asparagus as described below, instead bake for 12-15 minutes. Flip the asparagus halfway thru cooking.
If you think you'll need a pound... make two pounds! Seriously this is so good and leftovers make a great snack. I always double the recipe and I'm never disappointed!
How to choose and store asparagus
Now if you're not lucky enough to head out in the backyard and harvest these tasty stalks (and who is??) this is what you need to look when you are purchasing fresh asparagus;
- stalks that are bright green
- the top of the stalk has a slight purple hue
- size indicates the maturity of the stalk - Thinner stalks will be more tender. But thick asparagus spears won't fall through the grill, so there's that!
- when you get home, snap off the end of the stalk and store them in water, cut side down. They will continue to absorb water, keeping them plump and tender!
You can use any type of seasoning to add flavor to your vegetables - Lemon pepper, Montreal Steak Seasoning, Dry Rub or a season-all. What ever you'd prefer - you do you!
- Asparagus Soup - this soup is perfect for spring and summer. It really highlights the flavor of the vegetables. It's light, delicious and easy to make!
- Asparagus Salad Recipe - this mayo-free salad is bright and fresh. It's perfect for bbq's and cookouts by the pool.
- Brown Butter Penne with Roasted Vegetables - such a lovely pasta dish and filled with roasted vegetables!
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Grilling Asparagus on Gas Grill
- 1 lb. fresh asparagus spears
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 lemon optional
- Preheat the grill to 400 degrees.
- Wash the asparagus well and snap off the woody ends.
- Drizzle with extra virtin olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper and seasoning salt.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until bright green and tender.
- While the asparagus are grilling slice the lemon in half and add to the grill also, grilling for about two minutes cut side down until it has nice char marks.
- Remove the asparagus from the grill and plate, squeeze the lemon over top and enjoy!
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Originally published May 26, 2018 - Updated June 9th, 2021 to improve instructions.