Grilled Asparagus with Grilled Lemon is fresh and earthy, cooked to tender-crisp perfection, and enhanced with the smoky, charred burst of bright lemon flavor.
If you are looking for an easy warm weather side dish, but want something new and a little different, Grilled Asparagus with Grilled Lemon is the perfect, quick spring or summer side.
With grilling season in full swing, I really love it when the whole meal can be made outdoors. If it’s hot outside, there are definite benefits to not turning on the oven or stove, but despite that, there is something about barbecuing that just makes everything taste a little better.
Grilling citrus is a something that I’ve only recently been introduced to and I’ve had a bit of a mini-obsession with. My recent Mexican Street Corn Salad with grilled limes turned out even better then I expected. Grilling lemons or limes gives them a bit of a smokey, charred, caramelized flavor and makes them extremely juicy and flavorful. I haven’t tried oranges yet, but I definitely have some ideas.
Patio or deck sitting while the smoky aromas coming off the barbecue making the neighbors jealous, with a big ol’ glass of wine or a frosty, cold cocktail is just about my idea of a perfect evening.
How to make Grilled Asparagus with Grilled Lemon
Preparation really couldn’t be easier for this side dish.
Begin by washing the asparagus and trimming the ends. The whitish ends can be tough and woody and are best discarded. They can either be snapped off about and inch from the end for simply trimmed with a knife.
I prefer thicker stemmed asparagus spears for grilling. They are a bit easier to work with. Thin spears will taste equally good, but may take less cook time for a tender-crisp result.
Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I really like course, kosher salt for this and fresh cracked pepper.
Preheat the grill to a medium high heat. Cook the asparagus on indirect heat (not directly over the flame) for about 8-10 minutes with the lid down until it is tender, crisp. The last 30 seconds to 1 minute, rotate the spears directly over the flame to create a few charred edges. The toasted/charred bits really pack a lot of flavor.
How to make grilled lemons
Preparing the lemons is even easier and just requires them to be cut in half across the center of fruit.
Place the lemons, cut side down, directly over the flame and cook for 2-4 minutes until the cut side has caramelized and turned a dark brown.
Squeeze the lemon juice from the grilled lemons onto the asparagus to serve.
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Grilled Asparagus with Grilled Lemon
- 1 pounds Asparagus – fresh, thick spears
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon course kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground
- 2 lemons, cut in half
- Wash asparagus and trim away bottom woody ends.
- Toss asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill on indirect heat of a medium-high grill for 8-10 minutes with the lid closed until the asparagus is tender-crisp.
- Rotate spears directly over the heat for the last minute to create charred edges.
- Place the lemons halves, cut side down directly over the flame and cook for 2-4 minutes until the cut edges caramelize and turn dark brown.
- To serve, squeeze the amount of juice desired from grilled lemons onto the asparagus.