Grilling asparagus is a quick an easy way to cook up spring’s favorite vegetable. The charred, smoky flavor added on the grill highlights the grassy essence of asparagus. Look for fat spears to put on the grill–their meatiness works well with grilling and they’re easier to manage on the grate (and less likely to fall through!).
This recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled. Grilled asparagus tastes great at room temperature and makes a tempting addition to a dinner buffet or backyard barbeque.
Note: The asparagus pictured is the purple variety that was peeled on its lower half, revealing its green interior.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 tsp. canola, grapeseed, or vegetable oil
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high heat (you can hold your hand an inch above grate level for just 1 to 2 seconds).
- Trim or peel asparagus. Toss asparagus with oil to thoroughly coat. Place asparagus on grill, cover, and cook until asparagus color heightens and grill marks appear, about 5 minutes. Turn asparagus, cover, and cook until tender, about 5 more minutes.
- Remove asparagus from grill. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice, if you like. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Makes 2 to 4 servings Grilled Asparagus.
source: About.com: local foods