By far asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables and there are so many ways to cook them. It’s always the perfect side dish and in the summer time grilling is a must. This grilled recipe is one of the various ways I like to cook them during the summer months. With less than five minutes preparation, short cook time, four ingredients, a grill basket and a nice hot grill, you have a healthy and delicious bright green asparagus.
This recipe uses sesame oil, which is highly recommended as it enriches the flavor. The amount of oil guarantees a better charred vegetable with the perfect bright green color pop. When cooking asparagus, or any other green vegetable, the bright green tells the readiness and most of all it retains the vitamins. If you over cook them you lose the health benefits. Asparagus contains a variety of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants: MedicalNewsToday
I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do. Happy Cooking.
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A quick and easy side dish asparagus recipe.
- 2 pounds asparagus can use up to 3 pounds
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat gas grill 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Trim off 2 to 3 inches of the bottom tough asparagus stalks.
Note: You can use the asparagus without trimming if you prefer. When the asparagus is bigger/fatter, I like to trim off the bottom and reserve for making vegetable broth. The bottom is usually tough. If you are using thinner asparagus you may not need to trim.
Place the asparagus in a grill basket lined with parchment paper.
Alternatively you can place the asparagus in a bowl to season them and then transfer to a grill basket to cook them.
Season the asparagus with the salt, black pepper and sesame oil. Mix to coat with the oil, salt and pepper.
Note: You can grill immediately or up to two hours later.
When ready to grill, remove the parchemnt paper from the grill pan and discard. Grill the asparagus 10 to 12 minutes in the grill basket. Keep the grill lid closed. Use a tong to move around the asparagus half way through the grilling time.
Note: Cook time will vary depending on the size/thickness of the asparagus. Thinner ones usually cook in 6 to 8 minutes. The grill temperature will also determine how long to cook.
You can aslo use a charcoal grill.
The asparagus will be a nice bright green color with some charred look when it is ready.
Turn off the grill. Remove the basket and transfer the asparagus to a serving platter.
Serve with your favorite entree. I like serving this recipe with grilled steaks or chicken.
You may substitute extra virgin olive oil but the flavor profile will differ. The asparagus will still taste great.