Simple Grilled Asparagus Recipe

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This grilled asparagus recipe is a family favorite. The grill gives the asparagus a wonderful smoky flavor that screams summertime.

Grilled asparagus on a platter.

The best part is that this side dish is so easy to make – and you will be happy that your family is actually eating their vegetables.

You can make it alongside your main dish on the grill, and if you have an upper rack, you can put some baked potatoes on there as well – so meal clean up is a breeze.

One Key Piece of Grilling Equipment

To make this recipe you will need one key piece of grilling equipment.

It is a pan with holes for the grill – also known as a grill topper. There are a bunch of different styles to choose from, but any basic one will do.

Grill topper pan with holes

I suppose you could carefully place the asparagus directly on the grill – but I imagine that it would probably fall through the slats, so I wouldn’t recommend doing that.

Ingredients You Will Need

raw asparagus in a strainer

To make this recipe I use:

  • 2 bunches of asparagus, with stems trimmed
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh garlic

Like I said, simple ingredients. There is not too much involved.

olive oil, salt, chopped garlic, ground black pepper

Marinate the Asparagus

Toss everything into a large mixing bowl and let it set for about half an hour.

asparagus in mixing bowl topped with seasonings

When I make this recipe, I usually prep the asparagus first, then go about prepping the rest of the meal.

By the time I am ready to hit the grill, the asparagus is well marinated.

Grill the Asparagus

To grill the asparagus, I preheat the grill on high. (I use a Weber Genesis gas grill)

Then I turn the heat down to medium on the side of the grill that I plan to use for the asparagus.

I place the pan with holes on this side of the grill and spread the asparagus out in as close to a single layer as I can get.

Asparagus in grill topper pan with holes cooking on the grill.

It only takes about 5 minutes of cooking time to grill the asparagus to a crisp tender state.

If you like it cooked a little more or less, you can adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Since the cooking time is short, you will probably want to make this side dish when the rest of your meal is almost ready.

Serve warm.

And, by the way, leftovers taste great served cold and chopped up on a salad the next day.

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asparagus in grill topper grilling pan on grill

Simple Grilled Asparagus Recipe

Yield: 6 servinges
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Asparagus on the grill is easy to make and has a wonderful smoky flavor.


  • 1.5 pounds asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 large garlic cloves chopped


  1. Wash and trim the woody part of the stems from the asparagus.
  2. Place asparagus, oil, salt, pepper, and chopped garlic in a large mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Let the asparagus marinate in the seasonings for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the grill on high heat.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium on the side of the grill where you plan to cook the asparagus.
  6. Place a pan with holes aka grill topper pan on the medium heat side of the grill.
  7. Spread the asparagus in the grill topper pan evenly, aim for as close to a single layer as possible.
  8. Grill for 5 minutes, using tongs to turn the asparagus at the midway point.
  9. Serve warm.


You can adjust the cooking time for longer for softer asparagus or shorter for a more crispy consistency.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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