How to Cook Asparagus on the Grill
Asparagus has a ‘nice guy’ reputation. I am not here to bust the bubble. Jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants, asparagus is actually quite a health-friendly food. Even those with enough money to lead an ultra-comfortable life love asparagus. In fact, it’s hard to name anything non-useful that’s a part of asparagus. However, tasty meal is not going to be a byproduct of this vegetable by default. Just like most other vegetables out there, it’s not meant to taste great by default. You will have to make it taste great. With asparagus season around the corner, do you know how to create a bombshell dish from scratch with this gift of nature? In a little while from now, we will learn how to put this handsome veggie to optimum use.
Well, the beauty of this vegetable lies in its versatility. So, you can use more than a few cooking methods to adorn your menu with this veggie. It can be boiled, baked, roasted, sautéed, or steamed. Like a free spirit, you can try out any method of your choice. Over here, we will be grilling it because that’s one of the best ways to go about cooking this veggie. Believe it or not, no other cooking method beats asparagus on the grill. Don’t worry; this is a beginner-friendly method. Therefore, anybody out there should be able to grill it without a fuss. Grilling should make the asparagus extremely tender while imparting a smoky flavor and a delightful char to it. So, let’s press on to this insanely easy to prepare tasty meal.
Before we begin, let me offer you a tip on choosing the best asparagus while shopping for them. Basically, look for bright green ones with firm and straight stems. Also, the tips must be closed and compact. Furthermore, the bunch should squeak upon squeezing. Generally, the bigger they are, the better they turn out to be. Furthermore, thick asparagus is preferred with the grilling technique because they happen to be tender, and they are also inclined to retain more moisture. With such vital information in your head, you should be ready to fill your shopping cart with the best asparagus out there.
Cooking Asparagus on the Grill
1. Try to cook them as close as you can to the purchase date because fresh asparagus is pretty much unmatched. As such, you can keep them fresh in the fridge for nearly two weeks. Cut about half an inch from the bottom area, and then submerge the bottoms in a damp paper towel or tall cup of water. Finally, store them in the fridge inside a zippered plastic bag. Storing them in the fridge will keep the vegetable ripe and ready for use whenever you need them in the upcoming two weeks. Of course, wash and trim them nicely before use.
2. Personally speaking, I love grilling them because it’s a surefire way to preserve their grassy flavor and to add a smoky edge to the food. Let me explain the cooking method in a nutshell. First and foremost, you need to get the grill ready for cooking. So, preheat the grill for at least half an hour before the actual grilling. Basically, we need medium-high heat over here. Once the grill is ready, all you have to do is toss the trimmed asparagus spears in the hottest part of the grill with a bit of vegetable oil. Yes, give the asparagus a nice oil coating before grilling. Your best bet over here would be to place the asparagus in a single layer in the grill basket. You have to heat the asparagus until it’s tender.
3. This will take no more than 6-8 minutes. Thicker ones generally take more time. Don’t forget to flip it once in between. For the nice grill marks, you will have to bear this information in mind. Ensure that the grill grates are nice and clean. It must be debris-free as well. Finally, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice. Make sure that you are generous with the sprinkling part. With that, you should be ready to serve them hot. At the end of the day, we want the asparagus to brown and not char. Transfer the asparagus to the serving plate, and be prepared for a big hug. Of course, nothing is stopping you from pairing the dish with burgers, pork chops, or grilled chicken. Asparagus can go well with a lot of food items.
As you can see, you can transform a bunch of fresh asparagus into a fast and tasty meal with some basic kitchen ingredients such as vegetable oil, salt, and pepper. Folks out there also prefer to use other ingredients such as cheese, sauces, and butter. So, you can give them a shot as well. Remember, a single bundle of asparagus should be sufficient to feed 4-5 people. Now, what do you do with the leftovers? Well, here’s the good news. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for as much as four days. Make sure to preserve it in an airtight container. Well, that was a mouthful. Let me get to the conclusion part so that we can end this and part our own ways.
On the whole, grilled asparagus is an excellent side dish for grilling. It will barely take you few minutes to throw everything together. Therefore, you won’t have to shout orders to get a laundry list of ingredients ready before cooking. You can easily cook them in the middle of an ordinary day. Better yet, there will be no mess, no delay, and it will taste absolutely delicious. So, it won’t be one of those all style and no substance meal. Personally, I would vouch for grilled asparagus any day of the week. Just a word of caution over here— they can be addictive. Not just you, but your family members could also be drawn towards it. As a matter of fact, asparagus could easily retire some of your everyday food choices. Give it a try and find it out for yourself.