This grilled asparagus recipe cooks up in just minutes.

Tender-crisp, asparagus is so delicious when it’s cooked on the grill. Add a sprinkle of parm and a squeeze of lemon for the perfect side dish.

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This Is the Best Grilled Asparagus Because…

  • Grilling asparagus is crazy easy and cooking on the grill adds a smoky flavor.
  • Ready in just minutes – grilled asparagus is quick to cook and pretty on the plate.
  • The seasonings are simple, but a bit of parm and a squeeze of lemon juice give a big punch of flavor!
  • It can be cooked alongside grilled chicken or shrimp, no need to heat a pan.
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Ingredients for Grilled Asparagus

  • AsparagusChoose stalks that are about the same width so they cook easily. For best results, use thicker stalks to get solid grill marks.
  • Oil Use any variety of oil in this recipe. Bump up the flavor with leftover bacon grease.
  • Lemon – Lemon is optional but adds a fresh citrusy flavor.
  • CheeseFreshly grated Parmesan cheese will adhere better to the stalks (use a microplane if you have one). You can swap it for crumbled feta cheese if you’d like.


  • Add a few shakes of garlic powder or red pepper flakes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs like parsley.
  • Chopped toasted almonds or pine nuts are a great garnish.
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How to Grill Asparagus

Prepare asparagus spears and lemons per recipe below.

  1. Toss asparagus in oil and seasonings.
  2. Place lemon halves cut side down with asparagus and grill (per recipe below) until they are lightly charred and tender-crisp.
  3. Remove lemon and asparagus and garnish asparagus with parmesan cheese.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice over the asparagus and serve warm.

Holly’s Tips

  • Keep an eye on asparagus as it cooks fast.
  • Leftover grilled asparagus should be kept in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat under the broiler with a little extra parmesan cheese to re-crisp it.
  • Add leftovers to a grilled vegetable salad, an omelet, or a creamy asparagus soup, or have them sauteed with mushrooms.
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Easy Grilled Asparagus (with Parmesan)

Grilled asparagus with parmesan is a delicious side dish, perfect alongside any steak or barbecued chicken dish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


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  • 1 bunch thick asparagus spears about 12 oz
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon halved, optional
  • 3-4 tablespoons parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Wash the asparagus and shake dry. Hold the center and the end of the asparagus and bend to break off woody ends. Toss with olive oil & seasonings.
  • Place the asparagus and lemons, cut side down if using, directly on the grill. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender crisp with char marks. turning occasionally.
  • Remove the lemon & asparagus from the grill and immediately top asparagus with parmesan cheese. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice over top and serve warm.


  • Thick asparagus spears are better for grilling as they can get a little bit of char without overcooking.
  • While they can be directly grilled on the barbecue grate, they can certainly be cooked in a grill pan or tray or wrapped in foil.
  • When preparing asparagus, hold the bottom end with one hand and the middle of the stalk with the other end and snap off the bottom.  The asparagus will naturally break where the woody section starts on the bottom, discard the bottom portion.
  • To get a little bit of char without overcooking the asparagus, medium-high heat is best.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 86 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 37mg | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Such a great side! It would go well with so many things, and I love that you use lemon to keep it bright and fresh

  2. It looks delicious and yummy. These ingredients are very healthy. I wanna try to make this and share our experience with you.