Recipes You Know By Heart: Simple Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus prices are going down which means spring is here (well, almost). We’ve had the benefit of gorgeous 70+ degree weather in Birmingham over the last few days so my husband and I decided to have friends over to cookout this weekend to celebrate the warmer temperatures. On the menu was grilled pork tenderloin, roasted fingerling potatoes, and three pounds of grilled asparagus to feed the crew. Like most grilled veggie recipes, the beauty is in the simplicity–toss fresh asparagus in a little oil to evenly coat, season as desired (ie. salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cayenne, cumin, etc.), and grill on medium heat until tender. I usually finish off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar as a final flavor enhancer.

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Armed with this new knowledge, you can now commit this “recipe” to heart and be prepared next time the weather is warm and you heat up the grill. From squash and corn to onions to avocado, this method works on all vegetables (and most fruits). In case you prefer exact measurements, I’ve provided the recipe below. However, I encourage you to trust your instinct and learn how to make Simple Grilled Asparagus so you’ll feel confident next time you entertain or just need a yummy side dish for a weeknight dinner.

Want more easy recipe ideas to commit to memory? Check back every Wednesday for a new Recipes You Know By Heart post but in the meantime, here are the first 2 recipes in the series:

Hearty Vegetable Soup
Browned Butter Green Beans


Recipes You Know By Heart: Simple Grilled Asparagus

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound asparagus (trimmed and peeled)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Snap tough ends off of asparagus*. Spread asparagus on a baking sheet coated with foil. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder; toss to coat.
  2. Arrange asparagus on grill grates in the opposite direction Cook over medium heat for 5-10 (depending on thickness) minutes turning every minute to avoid charring. Spritz with fresh lemon juice. Serve immediately.
  3. *To trim asparagus, hold each end of the spear and gently bend it until it naturally snaps — usually about 2/3 of the way down. Discard the bottom, woody part of the spear (or save for vegetable stock).