Grilled Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon Recipe

Grilled Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon!. D.Schmidt for About.com
  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: serves 2 to 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
68 Calories
2g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 431mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Calcium 19mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This fabulous asparagus recipe is so easy to make, you'll want to keep it as part of your "quick and easy" cooking repertoire. A great vegetable side dish, this grilled asparagus recipe cooks up in just minutes. Garlicky and slightly sweet, this simple Thai-inspired marinade brings out all the flavor of fresh asparagus. Grills up quickly on your outdoor barbecue or indoor grill. This grilled asparagus makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats or whatever you happen to be serving.

Tip: Keep the marinade dish nearby while grilling -- when the spears are done, place them back in the dish and roll them around so they get an extra hit of sauce (Unlike when you marinate meat, you don't have to worry about the bacteria factor). Serve straight out of the dish if you like!

Ingredients

  • 1 generous fistful of asparagus (enough for 2 to 4 people)
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 heaping teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced, to taste
  • 1 fresh red chili, minced, or 1/4 teaspoon crushed chili flakes, to taste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus (the spears will naturally snap at the right place).  Discard or save for soup stock.

  2. To make the marinade, mix together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, chili, and lemon juice.

  3. Place asparagus in a flat-bottomed dish or bowl. Pour the marinade over. Use a spoon or pastry brush to distribute the marinade over the length of the spears, or just keep turning the asparagus with your hands until the sauce is well distributed.

  4. Allow to marinate at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour in the refrigerator.

  5. Lightly brush a hot grill with oil. Grill the asparagus until it is lightly browned and slightly withered on the outside, but still crisp in the middle.

  6. Garnish with lime or lemon slices and serve whatever else you happen to be cooking up.