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.
Category: Vegetables, Sides and Appetizers
Cut: Asparagus, ends trimmed
Grill: Dyna-Glo Grill
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
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.
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.