Grilled Italian asparagus is made with just 5 ingredients, gluten and dairy free, and takes 15 minutes to prepare. This is an easy homemade fresh vegetable side dish to compliment any meal prepared on the grill.
I live in Florida, and I’m lucky enough to be able to grill year-round. You’ll find asparagus on my menu at least once a week. My preferred method of cooking asparagus is grilling it. I love my grilled asparagus in foil recipe. If I can’t grill the asparagus I’ll make my oven-roasted asparagus. Grilled asparagus is an effortless side dish that takes minimal time and packs a nutritious punch to any dinner. That’s why I jazzed up our asparagus recently and made this Grilled Italian Herb Asparagus.
I feel like many people see asparagus as an upscale side dish. You will find it as a premium up charge at any big steakhouse or mainstream restaurant these days. It always makes me laugh considering that the price of asparagus if purchased in season is not that much more than other green vegetables in the produce aisle. But for some reason asparagus has been given this “high-end“ vegetable label.
Table of contents
- Asparagus – I prefer to grill the larger asparagus spears verse the skinnier.
- Oil – I like to use olive oil for this recipe; although it doesn’t have a high smoke point it gives a delicious flavor.
- Seasonings – I use salt, pepper, and Litehouse® Fresh Dried Italian Herb Blend. If you can’t find the Litehouse brand you can simply use Italian Seasoning.
What kitchen tools do you need to grill asparagus?
Here are a few of my favorite kitchen tools that you’ll need to grill asparagus.
How do you make Grilled Italian Herb Asparagus?
I celebrate the “high-end” vegetable by grilling the asparagus with simple ingredients that amplify its natural flavors. I always coat my veggies in oil such as olive oil or grapeseed oil.
Then, I sprinkle on the Litehouse® Fresh Dried Italian Herb Blend, salt, and black pepper. I use the best kitchen tools you can find to mix—your own hands! This will help ensure that the seasoning is evenly distributed. I like to place the veggies on a baking sheet, so it’s easy to transport to and from the grill. If I’m grilling meat I also like to add the cooked meat to the baking tray.
Asparagus does not take long to grill. In fact, it takes about 5 minutes to grill. Make sure to place the spears horizontal along the grill grate, and be prepared for one or two to fall into the grill. It’s totally okay. You get bonus points if you can successfully place them on and take them off the grill without any falling off! Or for an easier more fail proof method you can just spend the money and buy a vegetable grilling pan.
Asparagus has quite a few health benefits. It is a great source of fiber and folate. It’s also packed with antioxidants and is a natural brain booster thanks to that folate.
Yes, always rinse asparagus in cool water and pat dry before grilling.
To ensure you don’t overcook asparagus you want the asparagus to be a bright green and still slightly crisp, but not mushy. Asparagus only needs to cook 10 minutes on the grill.
The average asparagus serving size is about 3 oz. or 5 spears or about a ½ cup chopped.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes that contain asparagus in them.
- One Pot Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
- One Pot Tomato Asparagus and Prosciutto Pasta
- Prosciutto Mozzarella and Asparagus Naan Flatbreads
- One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Asparagus and Green Pea Pasta
- Grilled Parmesan and Pepper Asparagus
If you are looking to treat your family to what’s considered the “high-end“ vegetable side dish or maybe even entertain with. Give my easy recipe for Grilled Italian Herb Asparagus a try. Looking for other dishes to grill with the asparagus? Try Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil Steaks with Arugula and Tomato Salad Recipe with Twice Baked Potatoes.
If you make this herbed asparagus, I would be honored and love for you to take the time to leave a star rating and comment! I spend hours developing and testing these recipes, and always love to hear feedback and user experience!
Grilled Italian Asparagus
- 1 lb. asparagus
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Litehouse® Fresh Dried Italian Herb Blend
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the grill to high heat.
- While grill is preheating, cut 1-inch off the ends of the asparagus. Rinse under cold water and pat dry. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, and drizzle the extra virgin olive oil. Then, sprinkle on the dried Italian Herb Blend, kosher salt, and ground black pepper. Using your hands, massage the seasoning into the asparagus.
- Reduce the heat to low on the grill. Clean the grill, and spray cooking spray on the grill grates. Carefully, add the asparagus spears onto the grill. Close the lid and cook for five minutes. *Turn the asparagus halfway through cooking to avoid burning.
- Carefully, remove the asparagus spears from the grill and place on a platter. Serve immediately.
- Pro Tip – Grill the asparagus ahead of time before you entertain. Chill the cooked asparagus in the refrigerator and add to a charcuterie board for a fun healthy twist.
- Asparagus Serving Size – The average asparagus serving size is about 3 oz. or about a ½ cup chopped.
- Italian Seasoning – If you can’t find the Litehouse® Fresh Dried Italian Herb Blend don’t worry. You can substitute it out for Italian Seasoning.
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