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The Best Way to Grill Asparagus Skewers

Grill Hack - Skewered Asparagus

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

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time Minutes
Ready In 15 Minutes
Yields 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 20 spears of asparagus

Materials:

  • 4 bamboo skewers (pre-soaked)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill on medium-high.
  2. Trim off the tough ends of the asparagus.
  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).
  4. Perpendicular to the asparagus, thread the skewer through five spears at roughly the mid-point. Repeat for the remaining spears of asparagus.
  5. Using a pastry brush, apply a thin coating of olive oil to both sides of the asparagus and season with salt.
  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.

Check out our even more infographic guide to grilling vegetables to learn how to grill perfect veggies every time.

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