Garden to Grill: Grilled Asparagus

You may never go back to steaming with this flavor-packed recipe.
Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Nothing beats the flavored of grilled asparagus.

This stalky favorite is packed with nutrients and fairly easy for the home gardener to cultivate. And because asparagus is a perennial plant, once a bed is established and maintained, the home grower can expect this popular vegetable to become part of the edible bounty for years to come. A spring crop, the peak harvest generally hits sometime in April. As it happens, this is just about the time an old friend out on the deck begins to beckon. Asparagus? Meet grill. 

Bright and vibrant, with grassy notes, it is always welcome on my plate. Asparagus is most commonly steamed, but when grilling out, a few minutes over an open flame may make one wonder why it isn’t always done this way. The vibrancy is still there, but a few minutes over the dry heat brings a depth of flavor and a crisp surface texture that is hard to capture any other way. 

After careful attention to the fish, chicken or beef that is just about ready, this spectacular side dish takes almost no time at all to complete the meal without setting one foot in the kitchen. Although the recipe is deceptively simple, the flavor is not.

Grilled Asparagus

1 pound fresh asparagus 
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil 
1 teaspoons sea salt 
Cut the bottom 
2 inches from asparagus stalks.

Coat lightly with olive oil.

Sprinkle on sea salt.

Grill over high heat until cooked, but still crisp (about 2 minutes).

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Sow and Plant Fruiting Vegetables

Large leaves, golden flowers and heavy yields make squashes, zucchini and cucumbers ideal plants for productive pots.

How to Plant Bare-Root Vegetables

Discover the best way to plant asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries in your garden.

Garden to Table: Peppers

Understanding the life-cycle of the pepper fruit is critical for knowing when to harvest and how to use your specific pepper variety.

Garden to Table: Broccoli

With its sweet high notes and sulfurous body, broccoli might be the perfect vegetable.

When to Plant Garden Mums

Want your garden mums to survive winter? Learn tips for planting fall garden mums to help them return next spring.

How to Preserve Your Garden Herbs

Follow these simple steps for making your herb garden last.

How to Kill Weeds (Without Hurting Your Garden)

There are several good reasons to keep your garden clear of weeds. They not only compete with flowers for light, nutrients and water but some also harbor diseases, which may spread to surrounding plants.

Winter Vegetable Garden

Discover easy ways to keep your winter vegetable garden growing strong—and savor a long harvest.