Asparagus is the official welcome to the garden in the spring for me. Knowing how to grill asparagus is essential for breaking out the grill for summer.
Grilling gives the tips a little char and lots of flavor. Season it simply with oil, kosher salt, and pepper you can even give it a squeeze of lemon after grilling to finish it.
Keep these things in mind:
First, clean and dry the asparagus. Dry asparagus is important to get nice grill marks. Trim off the bottom inch or so.
If you have larger in diameter or “older” asparagus go ahead and use a vegetable peeler (I like this one a lot!) and just take off that outside layer. This is the part that can get tough and woody as it grows.
Second, toss the asparagus with oil and season before grilling. Place it in a single layer directly on the grill grates to get good marks and even cooking.
Third, The best pieces are those crispy blackened/browned bits on the edges, so watch your asparagus closely to remove it at the perfect doneness.
Grilling is a great way to minimize dirty dishes and cook your protein and vegetables at the same time on the same cooking apparatus.
Just keep separate tongs at the grill for your meat and your vegetables to avoid any possible food contamination issues.
How To Grill Asparagus
Follow these directions:
Prep the grill: Preheat your grill on high. Once hot give your grill a quick scrape. Drop your temperature down to medium-high. All grills are different but we are looking for a temperature in the 400-450 range.
Prep the asparagus: Keeping the asparagus as long spears works best when grilling. Oil and season the asparagus.
How Long To Grill Asparagus
Grilling asparagus has many variables to it. The key is to know your grill. How hot it is, where the hot spots are, and watch for the right doneness.
Expect asparagus done as written below to take 3-4 minutes to grill. I know that is FAST so don’t walk away and keep a close eye on it.
Give them a turn at about 2 minutes. This should get you a nice crispy char on all sides. The tips should be charred and stalk tender when done.
How to Grill Asparagus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound asparagus spears
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat your grill on high. Toss fresh asparagus with oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Grill the asparagus for 2 minutes then flip and grill 1-2 minutes until done. The tips should be crispy and stems fork-tender when done.