Asparagus is one of Ree Drummond’s favorite vegetables, whether sautéed, roasted in the oven or even deep fried. But if you haven’t tried grilled asparagus, prepare for a new favorite among your vegetable sides. Quick, easy, and made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, this versatile vegetable dish is perfect with grilled steak, chicken, and fish.
What’s the secret to perfect grilled asparagus?
The good news is that there are no secrets involved, just a dash of good old-fashioned common sense! Good grilled asparagus starts with choosing the right size of asparagus. While thin spears are great for sautéing, thicker spears are easier to grill because they’re less likely to slip through grates. They are also easier to grip with the grill tongs.
How to prepare asparagus for grilling?
Just like oven roasting and sautéing, it is recommended that you cut off any “woody” stems. The ends of the stem are opposite the tips – this is the end that pushes into the ground. They are often tougher and more fibrous and can be a bit dry if not stored properly. To remove them, simply use a sharp knife to cut off about 1 inch from the base of the stems. Some people like to bend the asparagus until the spears break, but that can be a bit pointless; a knife gives a more precise cut and more asparagus for your plate!
How do I prevent asparagus from falling between the grill grates?
Place the asparagus on the grill grates across or perpendicular to the grill grates. When it’s time to flip the asparagus, use grill tongs and flip a few asparagus at a time. Be patient and you’ll end up with more asparagus to enjoy. rush, and it’s easy to lose your grip and scatter the spears. By the way, if your asparagus tips are straight, use the grill tongs to push them in and “roll” them to grill the other side…it’s much easier than grabbing and twisting them.
Do you need special tools to grill asparagus?
Some people swear by tossing their veggies in a grill basket, but the beauty of grilling is not having to do a lot of cleanup, right? Skip the grill basket and simply preheat the grill for an additional five minutes, then use a wire brush to scrape the grill grates before you begin cooking.
How to give flavor to grilled asparagus?
This recipe is designed to be versatile, so you can adapt it to any menu. Serve the grilled asparagus with grated parmesan, chopped pistachios, a dollop of salsa, a drizzle of Sriracha, or whatever your appetite desires.
How to store asparagus?
If you are unable to grill the asparagus the day you buy it, keep it fresh longer by storing it in the refrigerator with the base of the bunch submerged in about 1 inch of water, like a bunch of flowers. .
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- Wash the asparagus and dry them carefully. Using a sharp knife, cut off about 1 inch from the base of the asparagus stalks and discard.
- Combine trimmed asparagus, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl or on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss until asparagus is well coated.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (400 to 450°). Add the asparagus to the grill, placing them across the grill grates so they don’t fall over. Grill, turning as needed, until grill marks form, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- Transfer the asparagus to a serving platter; squeeze half a lemon over the asparagus. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and more salt and pepper, if desired.
Customize these asparagus to match your main dish by sprinkling with half a teaspoon of additional spices before grilling, such as cumin, smoked paprika or Chinese 5 spice.
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