The Best Way to Grill Asparagus Skewers

Asparagus on the grill is a staple of early summer grilling, but it can also be one of the more frustrating items to barbecue.

Tending to a couple dozen individual spears of asparagus requires serious reflexes, and their long, pencil-like shape makes them prone to rolling around and slipping through the cooking grates into the nether regions of the grill.

If you don’t have a vegetable basket, one the easiest ways to cook asparagus on the barbecue is to thread several spears on to a couple of skewers like a raft. This prevents the asparagus from slipping through the cooking grates and also makes it easy to maneuver.

Grilled Asparagus Recipe

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1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

20 spears of asparagus


4 bamboo skewers (pre-soaked)


Step 1

Preheat the grill on medium-high.

Step 2

Trim off the tough ends of the asparagus.

Step 3

If the spears are large in diameter, we recommend peeling the asparagus with a Y-Peeler. The asparagus will cook more quickly and be more tender (optional).

Step 4

Perpendicular to the asparagus, thread the skewer through five spears at roughly the mid-point. Repeat for the remaining spears of asparagus.

Step 5

Using a pastry brush, apply a thin coating of olive oil to both sides of the asparagus and season with salt.

Step 6

Place the asparagus skewers on the hot grill and cook to desired tenderness, flipping at the halfway mark (about 2 minutes give or take). Large spears may take longer.

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