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  • David Skarin

Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

This grilled asparagus makes a regular appearance at my family’s dinner table. It is quick, simple and delicious. It is always a hit at barbecues and is a healthy side dish to any protein. Grilled asparagus cook time can vary pending the thickness of the stalks.

There is an aspect of personal preference to consider. Do you like a more al dente grilled asparagus with a little snap to the bite? Or do you prefer a little burn and softer texture? Do you prefer thicker or thinner asparagus? I prefer a thinner stalk with a little snap to the bite. So, 6-8 minutes on the grill as all you need.


Fast Facts

Category: Vegetables, Sides and Appetizers

Cut: Asparagus, ends trimmed

Heat Source: Gas

Estimated Cook Time: 8 Minutes

Actual Cook Time: 7 Minutes

Estimated Cooking Temperature: 500 degrees

Actual Cooking Temperature: 500 degrees

Location of Purchase: Local grocery store

Cook Date: July 10, 2020


Ingredient List

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ tablespoon balsamic reduction

  • 1 tablespoon Santa Maria seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, onion, etc.) – if you do not have the ingredients to make your own rub at home, do yourself a favor, buy this. I prefer to make my own rubs, but when I'm in a jam and want Santa Maria style, this is darn hard to beat.

Supply List



Step 1: Trim the ends of your asparagus and place into the Ziploc bag (or container).

Step 2: Add ingredients, shake to mix (this can be done well before and stored in the fridge for hours until cook time)

Step 3: Turn your grill on high, you want anywhere between 450-500 degrees

Step 4: Put your grill basket on the grill, I suggest oiling the basket prior or just use an oil spray.

Step 5: Put the asparagus in the grill basket and turn occasionally until proper doneness. My personal preference is a thinner stalk and slightly al dente. For this cook, that equated to roughly 7 minutes.


Let me know what you think in the comments below! Any challenges you ran into? Please share with the community.

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)

  • Have the ends (the thicker part of the stalk) of the asparagus on the hotter part of your grill. My gas grill has a couple hot spots that I know cook a little stronger. If you know where your hotspots are, place the tips of the asparagus in the hotter section. This helps with a more even cook.

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