Learn how to grill asparagus on the grill quickly, and get that tender and flavorful, fresh grilled asparagus every time. I also share a recipe for a homemade sauce that you can drizzle over the top, which elevates the flavor. This grilled asparagus recipe is the perfect summer side dish.
I love asparagus. It is definitely one of my favorite vegetables and throughout the spring and summer, we have it often as a side dish for dinner. If you seriously want the best asparagus recipe, give this recipe a try. It is tender, flavorful, and the sauce elevates the flavor of this incredible asparagus side dish recipe. The best part about this recipe is it is straightforward to make with minimal steps required.
I roast it most of the time but when the weather cooperates I also love to through it on the grill. Less clean up and great flavor!
How To Grill Asparagus
Start by washing and trimming your asparagus. Then toss with the oils and sprinkle with salt. Heat your grill to 400 degrees, and then line your grill grates with aluminum foil or use a pan that is safe to use on the grill. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place your asparagus on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes. I do turn my asparagus half way through cooking.
Then while the asparagus is cooking in a small bowl mix your rice vinegar, mayo, soy sauce, and garlic powder and sesame oil together. Stir and then drizzle over the grilled asparagus and sprinkle with sesame oil.
Or if you are not planning to grill, you will find directions for oven roasted asparagus in the recipe card below as well. Roasting the asparagus in the oven gives you a similar flavor to grilling.
Can You Grill Asparagus On The Grill
Yes! If you have ever laid asparagus directly on grill grates, you might have struggled with how the thinner stalks slip off and fall right into the coals below. I have a tip that works and sets you up for success when you grill asparagus. It is such an easy side dish that is full of summer flavor. Our whole family loves this recipe.
With a little technique to prevent the asparagus from falling through the grates. I do recommend though that you buy thicker stalks of asparagus for grilling. I find that having thicker stems will help you to have a more even cooking and they won't burn or overcook as much. Thinner stalks go from raw to overcooked in a hurry.
Do You Have To Wash Asparagus Before Cooking
Yes, you do need to wash asparagus before you cook. I rinse my stalks under cold water to help remove any dirt or grit that might be on them. Then you snap off the end about an inch or so using your fingers. It will naturally break where the woody part of the asparagus ends. Then lay the asparagus on a towel and pat dry and then prep and cook.
What Main Dish Goes Well With Asparagus
Asparagus is so versatile in flavor. You are welcome to pair it with pretty much any main dish. Steaks, pork chops or pork tenderloin, any chicken dish, seafood, they all work great. You can adjust the seasonings to the asparagus to compliment any main meal you plan to serve.
I make this recipe for weeknight dinners, entertaining guests, and pretty much any other occasion. It is especially good with Pan-Seared Cod with Cilantro-Lime Butter.
How Do You Know When Asparagus Goes Bad
There are a few ways to tell if your raw asparagus is bad. First, you want to look at the color of your tips, if they offer a dark green color, that is a sign. Another thing to look for is the texture. If they are limp when you hold one up or it feels mushy then toss them out.
Looking for more ways to serve up asparagus
- Chicken Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner | Sheet pan dinners are always welcome in our home. You have a meal in one, and it requires minimal prep, and then toss in oven to bake.
- Oven Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Warm Dijon Vinaigrette | This is an outstanding dish if you are looking for a more elegant and sophisticated flavor to your asparagus. We make this a lot when we are entertaining.
- Stuffed Chicken with Asparagus & Bacon | Three pantry essentials and give a five-minute prep, and you have one delicious dinner that practically cooks itself.
- First, trim the ends from the asparagus. Toss asparagus with olive oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Sprinkle with salt. Heat grill to 400 degrees, spray with non-stick spray or line with foil.
- Place asparagus on the grill for 8-10 minutes turning halfway through.
- In a medium sized bowl mix together mayo, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Stir until well blended.
- Remove asparagus from the grill. Drizzle generously with sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Option for Oven Roasting:
- If roasting heat oven to 425. If roasting spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Following #3 and #4 above to make the sauce and serve.