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Easy Grilled Asparagus Recipe (With Parmesan)

It takes just 10 minutes to get tender grilled asparagus with a salty crispy-crunchy edge. The parmesan and lemon add the perfect flavor. Enjoy this simple tasty side dish served with any grilled meat, on the side of your breakfast omelette, or toss some into your salad! 

Grilled asparagus on white plate.
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An Easy Grilled Side Dish

This grilled asparagus recipe with parmesan makes a great BBQ side dish throughout grilling season. When I’m making any type of grilled vegetables or vegetable skewers, it’s usually to go alongside a main, whether it’s grilled salmon, grilled chicken, steaks, or hamburgers.

It’s a simple toss in oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper and the grill does the rest. They’re a bit smoky and sweet with crispy-crunchy caramelized edges and a tender juicy inside. My kids love when I add a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of parmesan to add a citrusy, salty, yummy finish.

Cooking asparagus on the grill is super low maintenance and still ends up one of the best-tasting vegetables. They’re a great option for a casual family dinner but also work for fancier occasions, maybe level up with grilled bacon wrapped asparagus or top with a balsamic glaze. It’s a versatile summer side dish that can be used to complete any meal!

Ingredients Needed

The fresh asparagus is the star of the show in this recipe, so there’s no need to overpower it’s delicious taste with a ton of extra ingredients. With a simple mix of oil, lemon and parmesan, it’s the perfect way to let the flavors of the grilled asparagus shine through.

Asparagus on cutting board.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Asparagus: Look for fresh bright green asparagus spears. Don’t get them too skinny, or they’ll burn too fast.
  • Olive oil: I love to use a good extra-virgin olive oil (Kirkland brand is my go-to).
  • Lemon: Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the top adds the perfect flavor.
  • Parmesan: Sprinkling on some freshly grated parmesan takes these over the top. You could also use feta if desired.

Variations

Make this grilled asparagus recipe as simple or as complex as you’d like. Stick with the simple mix of oil, lemon and parmesan, or add in extra seasonings like garlic powder, dill or your favorite fresh herbs.

It would also taste delicious sprinkled with feta cheese, pine nuts, slivered almonds or serve with a drizzle of balsamic glaze for some added sweetness.

How to Grill Asparagus

Made in less than 15 minutes, you’ll be cooking asparagus on the grill all summer long! It’s so simple and even more delicious.

The process of making grilled asparagus in a four step photo collage.
  • Prep: Make sure to wash the asparagus before cooking it. You can wash it before or after trimming, as long as you dry it before it hits the grill. If you add wet asparagus to the grill, you’ll steam it and it will get mushy rather than crispy.
  • Trim: To snap them, Grab both ends of the asparagus (1 or 2 at a time) and gently bend it until it naturally snaps. It should be about 1/3 of the way from the bottom (the thicker part of the stem) where the woody part ends and the tender stalk begins. You can also use a sharp knife to cut the bottom off.
  • Toss: Combine the olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss the asparagus until combined.
  • Grill: Place in a grill pan or directly on a preheated grill. Cook for about 7 minutes or until crisp with those beautiful char marks!

Cooking Tips

  • Clean grill. Make sure to clean your grill before you place the asparagus on.
  • Even trim. When serving a crowd, once you’ve snapped off the ends, line them up and give them an even trim. Just for the sake of presentation!
  • Thick stalks. Bundles come in a variety of sizes. Aim for thicker stalks that way they’ll stay crispier and withstand the heat. You’ll also have less of a chance they’ll fall through the grate.
  • Assembling. Place them down horizontally and crosswise against the grate.
  • Foil. If you’re afraid of losing thinner stalks to the BBQ black hole, use a foil packet. Place the asparagus (and really any other veggies you’d like) toss them in oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cooking time. How long to grill asparagus will depend on your grill, how many you are grilling, and how thick they are. A general rule of thumb is about 10 minutes, flipping once, or until they’re tender yet crispy.

Asparagus in Oven

If you would prefer to make roasted asparagus in the oven instead of on the grill, simply prepare and season as directed, then bake on a baking sheet at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Grilled asparagus with parmesan and lemon.

Ways to Serve Grilled Asparagus

Recipe FAQs

Can you cook in foil?

Yes, simply place the stalks in the foil. Then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper on top. Then fold in the edges tightly and place directly on the grill.

How long to grill asparagus?

Anywhere from 5-8 minutes. It will depend on how thick your stalks are and what type of grill you are using.

How will I know when they’re done?

You can use the fork test. Simply place the fork into the middle and it should be fork tender. The ends should also be lightly crisp.

Can you grill asparagus without blanching?

Yes you can. I typically do not blanch mine to save time, but if I’m serving them for a crowd I will.

What is the purpose of blanching asparagus?

If you’d like to blanch them bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the asparagus for about 3 minutes. This process helps precook them so you don’t burn them on the grill and makes them a bright green color.

Why is my grilled asparagus soggy?

If you overcook the asparagus they can become soggy. Also, make sure not to add too much olive oil or that could make them softer as well.

Storing & Reheating Grilled Asparagus

  • To Store: Keep grilled asparagus in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • To Reheat: For a quick reheat, you can pop them in the microwave. They will be soft and wilted most likely this way. For best results, and to crisp them up a bit, use an air fryer or an oven at 300°F for 5 minutes.
Grilled asparagus on white plate.

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Grilled asparagus with parmesan and lemon.

Grilled Asparagus

5 from 8 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
It takes just 10 minutes to get tender grilled asparagus with a salty crispy-crunchy edge.  Enjoy this simple tasty side dish served with any grilled meat, on the side of your breakfast omelette, or toss some into your salad! 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound asparagus , washed
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
  • freshly grated parmesan , to taste

Instructions

  • Clean your grill and preheat to 350°F.
  • Trim the bottom 2 to 3 inches of the asparagus by snapping the ends off or cutting them with a knife.
  • Place the asparagus in a bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss until combined.
  • Transfer on the grill grates using tongs. Make sure they are in an even layer horizontally on the grill grates. Close the grill lid and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until they have grill marks and are slightly crisp.
  • Transfer to a serving platter. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and add freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve while warm.

Notes

Blanching: If you’d like to blanch the asparagus bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the asparagus for about 3 minutes. This process helps precook them so you don’t burn them on the grill and makes them a bright green color. 
Storage: Store leftovers in a covered container for up to 3 days.
Reheating: You can reheat in the microwave, however these taste best reheated on the grill, in an airfryer or the oven. Simply cook at 300°F for 3-5 minutes or until warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 859IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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