Grilled Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

I have an addiction to Chef’s Catalog. Fortunately for my bank account, my daily visits to the site generally result in nothing more than drooling all over my keyboard with the occasional skip in my heartbeat when I find a particularly beautiful Le Creuset piece (none of which I own).

Last week, however, I could not resist that beauty you see above. Ladies (and gents? are you out there?), I treated myself to one of the greatest culinary purchases an apartment-renter can make: a cast iron double-sided grill pan.

Oh, baby!

I was worried that my attempt to capture the charred flavor and crispy edges of true grilling would be for naught but this grill pan is simply amazing.

Look! True grill marks! Bright green, garlic-smothered stalks of asparagus that were crispy on the outside and slightly softer within. I only had a minute to toss these in the marinade before throwing them on the grill (pan) but I am sure that marinating these for longer would make for a simply divine veggie dish. This asparagus truly tasted as though it had been grilled, as did the peppers and onions my roommate tossed on later in the evening.

I have a feeling this is the start of a beauuuttiful relationship.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

adjust marinade measurements based on asparagus amount

Ingredients:

  • ~ half a bunch of asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Method:

  • Wash the asparagus well and trim off the thick, woody stems. Toss with the olive oil, lemon, and crushed garlic until well-coated (I did this in a large plastic bag). If you have the time, allow to marinate in the refrigerator and let those flavors really seep into the veggies.
  • Heat the grill pan over medium high flame and spread a very thin coating of oil over the top (just spread with a paper towel or brush).
  • Grill the asparagus for about 5 minutes before rotating. Make sure you evenly grill the asparagus all the way around so that those grill marks really shine through.

I had these alongside a homemade pepper and onion pizza (which was also delish) but they would make a great side dish for nearly any meal. Asparagus just has a way of holding its own next to just about anything.

 

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2 Comments to “Grilled Lemon-Garlic Asparagus”

  1. Gent reporting in.

    One of the things I miss the most about having a backyard is being able to grill. This seems like an excellent replacement! Also, you just reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve had asparagus.

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