Soy Grilled Asparagus

I love asparagus, especially during the summer.  For me, it’s one of those vegetables that is ok when cooked inside (steamed,) but really shines when it hits the grill.  I’ve ordered asparagus at a ton of high-end restaurants, and they always seem to miss the mark.  Steamed, unseasoned asparagus with some heavy sauce on it just doesn’t fit my bill. That’s why I love this Soy Grilled Asparagus recipe.  It’s fresh, the flavor is nuanced so you still get that great flavor, and I can do it on the grill to keep the heat out of the house and add some flavor to the dish!

Soy Grilled Asparagus

This is really a simple recipe, and almost everybody has all the ingredients on hand.  Asparagus doesn’t readily lend itself to marinating.  So, you are basically going to be marinading just to add a hint of flavor.  Still, it’s a good hint, and it’s so simple.  The marinade will infuse somewhat in the asparagus, and the flavors will stick to the stalks as you grill them.  The soy sauce and garlic are welcome additions to the freshness of asparagus, so this will be something you can serve again.

Grilling Asparagus

I like to grill asparagus on a very hot grill.  That way I can get the flavor of the caramelization from the grill, the flavors from the marinade, and the freshness from the asparagus without having limp, droopy asparagus.  Nothing’s worse than that!  I generally use grill grates when I’m grilling, and just lay the stalks sideways to the grates.  If you want, just use a grilling basket to keep any suicidal stalks from leaping to their fiery end in the coals.  Total cooking time is about 10 minutes, but that will depend on how you like them done, and how hot your grill is.  For another great side dish that I love to cook, check out my recipe for an easy smoked cauliflower that is absolutely delicious!

As always, I hope you enjoy!

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Soy Grilled Asparagus


This super-simple recipe will add loads of flavor to a great BBQ side dish.



1 bunch fresh asparagus

2 TBS red wine vinegar

1 TBS sesame oil

1 TBS low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp black pepper

shaved parmesan, for garnish


Assemble ingredients except parmesan.  Cut woody end of stems from asparagus.  In a resealable bag, add all ingredients and marinate for at least 30 minutes, better for 2+ hours.

Prepare a grill to run at medium hot+. Using a grilling basket or placing the spears crossways from the grates, place the spears down and grill for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally.  Grill until done, and grill marks are evident.

Remove from grill, sprinkle with parmesan, and serve.