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Grilled asparagus drizzled with lemon garlic butter and topped with lemon slices
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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Garlic Butter

Crisp tender Grilled Asparagus are tossed with lemon garlic butter and finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. This simple grilled asparagus recipe can be made outdoors on a charcoal, pallet or gas grill or in an indoor grill pan.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled asparagus, grilled asparagus recipe
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese or more to taste
  • Lemon slices as garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Trim the asparagus and quickly rinse them under cold running water. Pat them dry.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat (about 375 - 400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Lay the asparagus in a pan or a serving platter and drizzle them with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • With kitchen tongs, place the asparagus on the grill (perpendicular to the grill grates) or in a grill basket. Make sure the spears are on an even layer. Grill for 4 to 8 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally so they char evenly.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter and minced garlic in the microwave (or in a saucepan over low heat). Stir in the lemon juice and the fresh parsley.
  • Remove the asparagus from the grill and place them in a pan or serving plate. Pour the flavored butter over them and toss them gently. Top with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Don't skimp on the oil. Oil protects the spears from drying out and the delicate tips from burning.
  • Grill asparagus over high heat (375-400 degrees Fahrenheit). Direct high heat caramelizes and chars the asparagus making them crisp and bringing out their natural flavor.
  • Don't pre-cook or blanch asparagus before grilling them.
  • If you are not sure if your asparagus are cooked through, check for doneness by poking them with a fork. They should be tender, yet firm.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1055IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2.4mg