Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan is a perfect vegetable side dish for any spring or summer dinner and asparagus fans will swoon over this easy way to cook asparagus. And you can definitely cook this on a stove-top grill pan if that’s what works for you.
Warm weather is coming but in Utah it’s raining like crazy, so maybe this Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan won’t be on the menu today. But for everyone who likes asparagus, I want to remind you about this ultra-easy way to cook it that’s always a hit! Asparagus takes only about 10 minutes to get perfectly cooked on the grill, or maybe a little less if you like your asparagus still slightly crisp. The grill adds amazing charred flavor to the grilled asparagus, and the coarsely-grated Parmesan bumps up the flavor even more. And this is the perfect grilled vegetable to make for guests because it seems a bit fancy but is actually ridiculously easy to make.
There have been a lot of Asparagus Recipes showing up here the last few months; for some reason I’ve been especially infatuated with asparagus this year. Of course I know that some of you are just not fans of asparagus, so thanks for sticking with me while I’ve been drooling over my favorite spring vegetable! Check out my other ideas for Low-Carb and Keto Grilled Vegetables if asparagus is just not for you.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- extra-virgin olive oil
- salt/pepper to taste
- freshly grated parmesan cheese
How to choose Asparagus for this recipe:
Thicker spears of asparagus are best for making grilled asparagus. Look for asparagus that’s firm with no signs of wilting and that has tips that are tightly closed. Here are tips on How to Choose Asparagus if you’d like to know more.
How to prep the Asparagus for this recipe:
To prepare asparagus for grilling, first trim the asparagus. Pick one piece of asparagus, hold it by both ends, and snap off the end to see where the woody part of the stalk starts. Trim asparagus pieces to that length. (I like to trim ends on the diagonal, but your choice on that.)
You want the asparagus to be lightly coated with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper when you put it on the grill. You can do that by putting the asparagus spears in a plastic bag or plastic container, drizzling with a little oil, seasoning with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and then mixing the asparagus around until it’s lightly coated with oil.
What equipment do You need to make the recipe?
Having a grill-pan for vegetables (affiliate link) is extremely helpful for making grilled asparagus. I prefer a rectangle-shaped grill pan so I can keep the asparagus pieces whole, but if your grill pan is square you can simply cut asparagus spears in half. There are many good brands of grill pans, but I prefer one without a long handle so I can cook with the grill lid either open or closed.
I have several sizes of grill pans and can’t imagine grilling without one. But if you don’t have a grill pan and don’t want to buy one, you can still make grilled asparagus. Just lay the asparagus spears perpendicular to the grill grates, and of course be extra careful that the asparagus doesn’t fall through the grill when you’re turning it!
And if it’s not quite grilling weather but you’re craving asparagus, you can cook this on a Stovetop Grill Pan (affiliate link) instead!
Steps for making this recipe:
- Choose larger spears of asparagus, which are perfect for grilling.
- If you’re using a grill-pan for vegetables, place it on the grill while you preheat your grill to medium high.
- Hold a piece of asparagus in your hands and snap off the end to see where the woody part starts; then trim asparagus pieces to that length.
- Put asparagus in a Ziploc bag or plastic container, drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, and then brush or mix the asparagus around to be sure all the pieces are coated with oil
- Lay asparagus on the grill pan or perpendicular to the grill grates if you’re not using a grill pan.
- Turn the asparagus every 2 minutes or so, until the asparagus is starting to char a bit and pieces are cooked through. I cooked the asparagus in these photos about 10 minutes, but if you like your asparagus slightly crisp you might need less time.
- Sprinkle asparagus with coarsely grated Parmesan cheese and serve hot.
- Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan is one of my favorite side dishes to make for guests when it’s grilling season; enjoy!
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
More Low-Carb Grilled and Roasted Veggies:
Low-Carb and Keto Grilled Vegetables ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Indian-Spiced Roasted Veggies ~ It’s Yummi
Grilled Mushrooms ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Fajita Vegetable Skewers ~ A Spicy Perspective
World’s Easiest Grilled Vegetables ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Oven-Fried Garlic Parmesan Green Beans ~ Sugar Free Mom
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1 T extra-virgin olive oil (or more, enough to coat all the asparagus with oil)
- salt/pepper to taste
- about 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (more or less to taste)
- Preheat charcoal or gas grill to medium high heat. (You can only hold your hand over it for a few seconds at that temperature.)
- Place grill-pan for vegetables (affiliate link) on top of grill and heat it while you prepare asparagus. (Depending on the pan, you may want to spray it with oil or non-stick spray.) You can also grill the asparagus directly on the grill if you choose larger spears and place them perpendicular to the grill grates, or cook this on a Stovetop Grill Pan (affiliate link) if it's too cold to grill outside.
- Break one piece of asparagus to see where the tough part of the stem starts, then trim ends of asparagus all to that length.
- Put trimmed asparagus pieces in a plastic bag (or use a pan) drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, then mix asparagus around in the bag or pan until it’s well coated with olive oil.
- Lay asparagus pieces on the grill pan and grill, turning every 2 minutes, until asparagus is getting nicely browned and is done to your liking. Cooking time will vary depending on your grill, but I cook it about 10 minutes for the charred asparagus I prefer.
- Serve asparagus hot with freshly grated parmesan sprinkled over.
Recipe created by Kalyn and inspired by a long-time love for asparagus and cooking vegetables on the grill.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan is a perfect vegetable for any type of low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan, including all phases of the South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007 and I’ve probably made it every year since then! It was last updated in 2021.