Easy Grilled Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon

Grilled Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon!. D.Schmidt for About.com
    18 mins

This fabulous asparagus recipe is so easy to make, you'll want to keep it as part of your 'quick & easy' cooking repetoire. A great vegetable side dish, this grilled asparagus recipe cooks up in just minutes. Garlicky and slightly sweet, my simple Thai marinade brings out all the flavor of fresh asparagus. Grills up quickly on your outdoor barbecue or indoor grill. This grilled asparagus makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats or whatever you happen to be serving. ENJOY!

What You'll Need

  • a generous fistful of asparagus (enough for 2-4 people)
  • 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 heaping tsp. brown sugar
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced, to taste
  • optional: 1 fresh red chili, minced, OR 1/4 tsp. or more crushed chili (chili flakes), to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus (the spears will naturally snap at the right place).  Discard or save for soup stock.
  2. To make the marinade, mix together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, chili, and lemon juice.
  3. Place asparagus in a flat-bottomed dish or bowl. Pour the marinade over. Use a spoon or pastry brush to distribute the marinade over the length of the spears, or just keep turning the asparagus with your hands until the sauce is well distributed.
  1. Allow to marinate at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Lightly brush a hot grill with oil. Grill the asparagus until it is lightly browned and slightly withered on the outside, but still crisp in the middle.
  3. Garnish with lime or lemon slices and serve whatever else you happen to be cooking up. ENJOY!

Tip: I like to keep the marinade dish nearby while grilling. When the spears are done, I place them back in the dish and roll them around so they get an extra hit of sauce (Unlike when I marinate meat, I don't have to worry about the bacteria factor). If I'm just eating with family, I serve the asparagus right out of the dish - my family loves it!