How To Grill Asparagus 

Delicious Camping Food


Learn how to grill asparagus on the grill when you are camping or if you are at home.


Grilling is the most flavorful way to cook asparagus and it is surprisingly easy. 


Asparagus is freshest and sweetest in the spring and we know that spring has arrived when the fresh asparagus starts appearing on the store shelves.



 

 




Biggest Problem Cooking Asparagus


The biggest problem that people encounter in cooking asparagus is cooking it too long until it gets mushy.  It should be cooked just until tender to be the most desirable.  Grilling is a good way to accomplish this - just cook it until it starts to brown and it should be perfect.


Asparagus is a super-food and is just loaded with nutrients - folic acid, potassium, fiber, plus other vitamins and minerals.  Overcooking takes out some of these beneficial nutrients.
 



 

Some Tips On Asparagus


Asparagus stalks should be firm, not dry or split and unwrinkled, and should be a bright green color.


The tips should have full heads with no pieces falling off, and should not be discolored or mushy.


Fresh asparagus should last 3 or 4 days, but they start to lose their sweetness immediately after they are picked - so cook as soon as possible after purchasing.


Don't wash asparagus before storing - wash off grit and sand just before cooking.


Asparagus can be cooked many ways - blanching, sauteing, roasting, steaming, boiling and grilling.  Grilling really brings out the flavor.


Stalks can be skinny or fat - I have had both and they are equally delicious.  The size of your finger should be about the maximum size.  If you think your asparagus is too large and that it might be tough, you can remove the skin with a vegetable peeler.


Try some different spices with your asparagus - ginger, nutmeg, cumin or garlic are especially good.


Asparagus is good served with lightly-roasted nuts - peanuts, slivered almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts.


If you are storing your asparagus more than 2 days - cut off the ends and place standing up in 1/2 inch of water - cover with an open ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator - keeps the stalks firm and crisp.


If you are able to grow your own asparagus, you will have the freshest with the most superior flavor you can get.  An asparagus bed produces for several weeks in the spring and early summer and will keep producing for years and years.


White asparagus has been covered with dirt so it doesn't get any light - some claim that it is sweeter - popular in Europe.


Asparagus is used many ways - in quiches, frittatas, salads, casseroles, pasta and soup, to name just a few.


 

 


 

The Way I Do It - How to Grill Asparagus


Get fresh asparagus - I usually cook 1 pound for two of us.

Snap off the bottom tough ends - where it changes color.

When I am ready to start grilling, I rinse off the asparagus with cold water and then pat dry with paper towels.

Then I marinate it in olive oil for 5 minutes.

I place it on a medium hot grill - it doesn't matter if it is charcoal or gas - and sprinkle it with salt.

I like to use a vegetable basket - no worries about it falling through the grate.

I like to put the cover down, but it is okay to cook it without the cover.  I grill the asparagus for 3 minutes, then turn it over and grill for another 2 minutes.  The time can be varied, depending on how you like yours cooked.

When it is done, I remove it from the grill and sprinkle it with grated parmesan cheese.   Yummmm!


 


 


If you are fortunate enough to be able to go out and pick some wild asparagus, you have a treasure!

It is so tender and sweet, you can just pick it and eat it raw.





I hope you have enjoyed the pages about How to Grill Asparagus and will be trying it soon.

 

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