While I am certain Jake and I are not the first people to ever grill their veggies, we stumbled upon this means of cooking by accident. We invited some of our family over for dinner last night and were planning to roast Cilantro-Lime Chicken and asparagus. I had planned on roasting everything together, until I realized that only the chicken was going to fit in the oven. Oops. So, Jake suggested we grill the asparagus instead. Sounded good to me, I like anything that ends up with grill lines on it. Turned out to be our best accident yet!
I didn’t take photos the first night we did this, but luckily we had some leftover asparagus and ended up grilling it two nights in a row. There is no printable recipe for this, since it’s more of a technique, so here goes!
1. Prep your asparagus. Break the ends off (just snap the bottoms using your hand and they will naturally break one to two inches off the bottom) and rinse thoroughly. Or not so thoroughly. Whatever floats your boat.
2. Add asparagus to a large Ziploc bag.
3. Toss in your cooking oil of choice and your favorite veggie seasonings. (Tonight, we used avocado oil, a bit of sea salt, and lemon pepper.)
4. Zip the bag shut, and shake it all around to distribute the yummy flavors evenly.
5. Lay asparagus on your grill when ready. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side.
Remove. Eat. Enjoy.
Next on my wish list is one of these Grill Roasting Pans from Crate & Barrel!
Have you grilled your veggies? Let us know your tricks!
Happy eating :) Joey
YUM! We love grilled peppers, onions, zucchini and yellow squash too.
Yep – I can see we’ll be grilling lots of our veggies this summer :)
I just bought my first bunch of asparagus this morning and will be firing up the BBQ tonight
A big juicy steak + grilled asparagus + a big chopped salad
The best part is that you can grill them after your steaks are done and resting – the timing works our perfectly because they cook so quickly!
Yum! I love grilled asparagus, and we’ve been experimenting with grilling other veggies as well – artichoke hearts, bell peppers, onions, corn on the cobb and even cherry tomatoes. A grill basket is defs a must have!
Oh my grilled aspargus is my favorite! Olive oil and lots of garlic…yummo. Just to let you know Pampered Chef has 2 different grill baskets that are great. Check them out.. http://Www.pamperedchef.biz/samanthamonks
Im new to this Paleo thing and love this blog!
I’ve eaten this twice this week! I love the flavor a nice char gives the asparagus. I also love to take a zucchini or a yellow squash, slice it lengthwise and grill it until it’s nice and charred. You’ll never want to eat it another way.
When it comes to asparagus – I sometimes blanch mine in a pot of boiling water first for about 1-2 mins, then place in a ice water bath to stop cooking, season, then stick on the grill for about 5 mins. AWESOME!!
I love grilled asparagus! I have also experimented with zucchini, egg plant, portabella, pineapple slices, and most recently halved pears. A little olive oil and natures seasoning always does the trick
Mmmm grilled veggies is one of the many great things about summer! My friend taught me to peel the skin off everything but the top of the asparagus with a vegetable peeler before you marinade them, and it makes an amazing difference! I avoid peeling whenever possible (baby carrots, anyone?) but this trick really takes grilled asparagus to a whole new level.
We did this the other night and we loved it! It especially makes a difference with the fat ones, takes away the bitterness!