Grilled Asparagus

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Make perfectly tender grilled asparagus in minutes! Here are the secrets to achieving smoky char and bright flavor to this delicious side dish.

Usually we make roasted asparagus or broiled asparagus, but here’s our warm-weather favorite: grilled asparagus! Grilling might be the very best way to cook asparagus: it’s easy, requires only a few ingredients, and comes out tender and charred, with a hint of smoke.

Spritz it with lemon juice for a little brightness, and it’s a fresh and healthy side dish you won’t be able to stop eating! Alex and I have now added asparagus to our regular rotation for grill recipes for the season.

Ingredients for grilled asparagus

Two pluses to grilled asparagus: you only need a few ingredients and it’s extraordinarily quick to grill! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Asparagus: Look for thin or medium thick spears, which have a sweet flavor and cook faster.
  • Lemon: Fresh citrus brings a zingy pop to the flavor.
  • Olive oil: This heart-healthy oil is ideal for grilling.

If you’d like you can sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese as a garnish, but it’s not necessary flavor-wise. It’s perfect with just a spritz of lemon!

Brunch of asparagus that is trimmed.

How to grill asparagus: step by step

You don’t need anything special for grilled asparagus like a grill basket: just place it right on the grill grates! The only thing to keep in mind is that thinner spears of asparagus cook faster. You may even want to cut off more of the tough thick ends that you usually would, because they’ll take longer to cook than the thin tops.

How to cut asparagus

Step 1: Trim the woody ends from the asparagus. Toss it with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Grilled asparagus

Step 2: Place the spears directly on the oven grates. Grill about 3 to 4 minutes until charred and tender.

Grilled asparagus

Step 3: Spritz with fresh lemon juice and serve. If desired, top with grated Parmesan cheese.

For exact steps and quantities, go to the full recipe below.

Variations: For a spicy kick, add a sprinkle of red chili flakes before serving. Or, serve topped with a sauce like lemon dill sauce or mustard sauce, or sprinkle with fresh herbs like basil, chives, or mint.

Ways to serve grilled asparagus

Since grilled asparagus is so easy to prepare, it’s a natural pairing with all sorts of grilled meals! Once you’ve got the grill fired up for the main dish, it’s easy to toss on some spears. Here’s what we’d recommend serving with it:

A few more asparagus recipes

Love asparagus? Check out how to cook asparagus and our favorite asparagus recipes below!

Dietary notes

This grilled asparagus recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

How thick should my asparagus be for grilling?

Asparagus spears come in various thicknesses. Choose thin or medium-thick spears for best results on the grill. They’ll cook evenly without getting mushy.

How long does it take to grill asparagus?

Grilling time depends on the thickness of your asparagus. Most spears take about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

How can I tell when my grilled asparagus is done?

The asparagus is ready when it turns bright green, becomes tender-crisp to the bite, and develops slight char marks. You can also gently pierce a spear with a fork – it should give slightly with minimal resistance.

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Make perfectly tender grilled asparagus in minutes! Here are the secrets to achieving smoky char and bright flavor to this delicious side dish.


  • 1 pound asparagus (thin stalks preferable)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese to garnish, optional


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450°F or 190 to 230°C).
  2. Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus.
  3. In a bowl, mix the asparagus with the olive oil, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Place the asparagus directly on the grill grates and grill for about 3 to 4 minutes until charred and tender, turning once.
  5. Remove from the grill and spritz with lemon juice from wedges from half of the lemon. If desired, top with Parmesan cheese and serve.

Notes

Variations: For a spicy kick, add a sprinkle of red chili flakes before serving. Or, serve topped with a sauce like lemon dill sauce or mustard sauce.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grilled asparagus, how to grill asparagus

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