For the best grilled asparagus, marinate them in a simple balsamic dressing and then grill until charred. An easy, healthy side dish!
This easy asparagus recipe will show you how to make the best grilled asparagus. They’re so good you’ll have a hard time not finishing the whole portion before they hit the table! Grill them up with your favorite protein like burgers, grilled salmon, grilled lobster tails, or grilled shrimp. For more of my favorite asparagus recipes, check out this post with 23 of them.
Why you’ll want to make this grilled asparagus all summer long
- Taste: The garlic balsamic marinade is so good. You can even use it as a salad dressing.
- Char: Cooking asparagus on the grill gives you a smoky flavor that you wouldn’t get otherwise.
- Fast: It takes only minutes to cook and you can grill them into burgers, steaks, tuna, scallops and more.
- Healthy: Asparagus is nutritious, rich in vitamins A, C and K and iron. They are also low in calories and carbohydrates and a good source of fiber.
- Simply: Even a novice cook can easily prepare this vegetable. And if you don’t have a grill, you can also cook them in a grill pan or hot skillet.
- asparagus, Naturally! Rinse off a pound and snap off the woody ends.
- asparagus marinade enhances the flavor of the asparagus. All you need is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
How to grill asparagus
- Marinate the asparagus: In a large bowl, season the asparagus with the marinade ingredients. Using your hands, stir to completely coat the sticks and let sit for at least an hour or more.
- Prepare the grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Then arrange the asparagus so that they do not fall through the grate. You can also use a grill basket if you have one.
- How long to grill asparagus: Grilling asparagus doesn’t take long, but timing depends on the size of the spears. For thin specimens it takes more like three minutes, for thicker ones up to eight minutes. Turn from time to time until tender and slightly charred.
- Surcharge: Return the grilled asparagus to the bowl with the marinade and mix together. Then place them on a platter to serve.
What to serve with grilled asparagus
Grilled asparagus is an easy side dish to accompany any meat or seafood you’re grilling. Below are some protein options, as well as some recipes for other side dishes that go well with them.
How to store asparagus
Leftover asparagus can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave or eat cold on a salad.
- Vinegar: Swap balsamic vinegar for apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
- Spice: Feel free to add dried herbs, onion powder or other spices to the marinade to vary the taste.
- Cheese: Sprinkle the grilled asparagus with parmesan.
More asparagus recipes you’ll love
Yield: 4 portions
Serving size: 8th spears
Wash the asparagus and cut off the woody ends. To do this, you can simply clip off the ends of the spears.
In a large bowl, season the asparagus with the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Mix with your hands so that the spears are well covered.
Let them marinate for at least an hour if you have time, or longer. If not, you can cook immediately.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Arrange the asparagus spears on the grill so they don’t fall through the grate. You can also use a grill basket if you have one.
Grill the asparagus for 3-8 minutes (depending on the thickness of the asparagus and the heat of your grill), turning occasionally, until tender and slightly charred.
Put it back in the bowl, letting the vinegar spread all the flavor over it, then transfer it to a platter.
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Portion: 8th spears, Calories: 57 kcal, Carbohydrates: 5.5 G, Protein: 2.5 G, Fat: 3.5 G, Saturated Fatty Acids: 0.5 G, Sodium: 73.5 mg, Fiber: 2.5 G, Sugar: 2.5 G