grilled asparagus is a summer treat, perfect with any BBQ chicken, grilled pork chops or even grilled lamb chops! This easy recipe elevates traditional grilled asparagus by adding a splash of Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of fresh grilled lemon.
Easy enough for an everyday meal and amazing enough to wow your guests!
Tender grilled asparagus
Asparagus is definitely one of my all-time favorite vegetables. It’s a summer treat and perfectly toasted until tender and crispy, steamed with a touch of butter (or even a runny egg yolk on top) and makes any classy meal!
I’m a big fan of grilled vegetables in the summer, from grilled zucchini to mixed grilled vegetables! I love that I don’t have to turn the oven on and more, I really like the flavor you get from grilling anything!
Add extra flavor
Asparagus is so delicious on its own with just a touch of salt and pepper! When I put the asparagus on the grill, I also cut a lemon in half and add that to the grill too! This adds a very slightly smoky flavor to the lemon, but more importantly, it smooths out the acidity.
The result is a deliciously tangy lemon flavor that’s just a little less acidic…the perfect complement to squeeze on those grilled asparagus. While I grill them right on my BBQ grill, you can certainly place them on a broiler pan or tray if you prefer.
Tips for cooking asparagus on the grill
Grilled asparagus is easy, but here are some of my favorite tips for this recipe:
- When purchase asparagus want to choose bright green stems with tightly closed tips.
- Storing the asparagus in a bag in the fridge with the ends wrapped in a damp paper towel to keep it fresh longer.
- When preparation of asparagus, hold the lower end with one hand and the middle of the rod with the other end and break the bottom. Asparagus naturally breaks off where the woody section starts on the bottom, discard the bottom part.
- The thicker asparagus are easier to grill for tender crisp than finer asparagus, but finer spears are more tender.
- To get a a bit of char without overcooking the asparagus, medium-high heat is best.
Because it only takes a few minutes to prepare, I usually take my steaks to rest for a few minutes, then put the asparagus in. Have the parmesan cheese grated and ready to use so you can sprinkle it over the asparagus as soon as it comes off the grill, this allows it to melt slightly.
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Easy Grilled Asparagus (with Parmesan)
Grilled Lemon Parmesan Asparagus is a delicious summertime treat, perfect with any steak or grilled chicken dish!
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Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Wash the asparagus and cut off the ends. Mix with olive oil and seasonings.
Place the lemon halves (cut side down) and asparagus directly on the grill and cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Remove the lemon and asparagus from the grill and immediately top the asparagus with Parmesan cheese. Squeeze the grilled lemon on top and serve hot.
- Thick asparagus tips are better for grilling because they can get a little arctic char without overcooking.
- Although they can be grilled directly on the barbecue grate, they can certainly be cooked in a broiler pan or tray or wrapped in foil.
- When preparing asparagus, hold the bottom end with one hand and the middle of the stalk with the other end and snap off the bottom. Asparagus naturally breaks off where the woody section starts on the bottom, discard the bottom part.
- To get some arctic char without overcooking the asparagus, medium-high heat is best.
calories: 86, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 37mg, Vitamin A: 65UI, Vitamin C: 14.5mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 0.3mg
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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