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spears of asparagus cooking on a grill
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How to Grill Asparagus

A simple guide for how to cook asparagus. No special equipment needed!
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled asparagus
Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 71kcal
Author: Kate


  • Grill (gas or charcoal)
  • Tongs (long-handled tongs are best)


  • 2 bunches asparagus (medium thickness)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 375°F–400°F).
  • Rinse the asparagus and trim 1 inch off the bottom of each asparagus spear.
  • Toss the asparagus with the olive oil and sea salt.
  • Place the spears in a single layer on the grill in the opposite direction of the grill grates. Grill for 2–3 minutes, then use a pair of long-handled tongs to gently rotate the spears. Grill for 2 minutes more.


Thin or thick asparagus spears will require a shorter/longer cooking time. Aim for 1–2 minutes per side for very thin spears and 3–4 minutes per side for thick spears. Thick spears may require cooking on a cooler part of the grill after grill marks have formed, in order to cook them all the way through.


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1134IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg