Simple Grilled Asparagus


Certain ingredients define the season, and for me, asparagus means it’s finally Spring. I love nothing better than grilled asparagus. You can serve it hot, straight from the grill, or serve it room temperature, or even chilled. Grilling imparts a haunting, smoky flavor while diminishing the grassiness of the spring stalk.

I peel the stalks of thick asparagus for two reasons. My friend and culinary mentor, Barbara Pool Fenzl, insists that asparagus should be peeled. Credit her French training or her friend, Jacques Pepin, who also believes peeling is essential.

Peeling allows you to keep more of the stalk, which on thick asparagus can sometimes be woody near the end. It also makes a prettier presentation.


Grilled Asparagus

Peeling the stalks (or not) is totally up to you. I’ve used a lemon garlic marinade, but you can use any flavoring, or none at all (just toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper).

  • Author: Gwen Ashley Walters
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x



11/2 pounds thick speared asparagus
2 medium cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Trim asparagus to even lengths, then peel from just below the flowered tip. Place the asparagus in a shallow baking pan.

Whisk together the remaining ingredients, and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the asparagus, tossing to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes up to 2 hours.

Heat the grill to medium-high (375-400°F). Drain the asparagus and discard the marinade.

Place the asparagus on the grill. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes, moving the asparagus around a bit on the grill with tongs. Remove when the asparagus is still crisp tender, but shows signs of grill marks.


Serve warm or room temperature or even chilled with a side of garlic aioli.

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5 replies
  1. jensheps
    jensheps says:

    I have been looking for the perfect Asparagus recipe….simple, easy, flavorful…THANK YOU! I come from a family that commercial fished salmon, so we eat it two or three times a week.. and I think asparagus are the perfect veggie to serve with it…I am going to post your recipe if ok with you! Awesome blog…love it!

    • chefgwen
      chefgwen says:

      Hi Jennifer… thanks for stopping by. You’re welcome to post my recipe as long as you just give me credit and link back to my blog. Thanks so much! Gwen


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