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Simple Grilled Asparagus

by TastefullyJulie on May 23, 2012

Summer, aka “grilling season”, is officially upon us.


I love summer! I love HOT weather! I love cooking outside! And I especially love that my husband can take turns cooking outside with me.

(Because, let’s be honest, cooking inside is not really his forte. Have you ever tried baked shrimp and cheese quesadillas with oregano? Sorry, honey.)

When I’m grilling outside the last thing I want to do is keep running in the house to check on stuff that’s cooking inside. I make almost all my veggie accompaniments on the grill as well, so I can soak up as much outdoor time as possible.

Asparagus on the grill can be tricky because you risk losing half of it through the grates. Aside from wrapping it up in aluminum foil before grilling (which basically translates to steaming, rather than grilling) a good trick is to skewer the asparagus. This makes flipping a snap and majorly reduces the number of casualties.

I use small wooden skewers like these to hold a little bundle of asparagus together. You can also get fancy metal ones. Make sure you put two sticks through each group of asparagus, as pictured, so they resemble a little raft. Otherwise, your spears will just twirl around the skewer making them impossible to flip.

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Simple Grilled Asparagus
Recipe type: veggie, side
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Serves: 4

  • one bunch asparagus (medium size works best)
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

  1. Prepare asparagus by either cutting off the bottom ⅓ of each stalk or bending it until it snaps – asparagus will snap at just the right spot where the woody part begins. Try it!
  2. Thread asparagus stalks onto 6-inch skewers (wooden skewers are supposed to be soaked first but, honestly, I rarely do it).
  3. Brush aspargus “rafts” with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat (mine read about 375 degrees F).
  5. Grill asparagus for about 5 minutes per side, or until done to your liking.


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1 CJ at Food Stories May 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Asparagus casualties … I love the visual in my head … oh no, we’ve lost another one :-)
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2 TastefullyJulie May 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

It’s true, CJ, I hate when that happens! I did lose one this time because it fell off the skewer.


3 Val May 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What a great tip! I bet this would work well for long slices of pepper and zucchini too. I love tossing fresh vegetables in a little olive oil and getting some nice charring on them!
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4 TastefullyJulie May 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I bet it would, Val. And it makes a nice presentation!


5 Lauren @Part Time House Wife May 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Great tip Julie! I always just use a grated grill pan for my asparagus and veggies but this would definitely do the trick!
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6 Ashlee May 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Great idea!! Will have to try it would have never thought of this!
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7 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Using skewers to hold the asparagus together. . .brilliant!!
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8 TastefullyJulie May 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thank you!


9 Choc Chip Uru May 24, 2012 at 2:59 am

Cannot go wrong with a delicious appetiser like this :D

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10 Griffin's Grub May 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

Lol…casualties. We call those sacrifices to the Grill Gods.

We do our asparagus the same way, but we use toothpicks and we call them asparagus rafts because…well…they look like rafts. Now I’m gonna have to check and see if we have any asparagus at home to throw on the grill tonight.
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11 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I still haven’t gotten around to grilling asparagus, but since I have a ginormous package of those wooden skewers in the pantry, I should really do it soon. Especially since asparagus season is almost over!
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12 TastefullyJulie May 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Yes, you should. Do it now! ;)


13 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 25, 2012 at 2:56 am

Nice tip! I’ll have to try this on other veggies too.
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14 amy @ fearless homemaker May 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

grilling is my favorite way to prepare asparagus + i normally do it just like this. i usually add a squeeze of lemon, either right before grilling, immediately before serving, or both. (i’m a huge citrus lover). NOM!
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