It’s easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious, low calorie side dish!
It's easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious side dish!

Do you enjoy fresh asparagus? We sure do, and look forward to it, especially in the spring, when fresh asparagus hits the grocery stores in all it’s glory! We enjoy pan-cooking or baking asparagus inside in our kitchen, but one of our favorite ways to prepare it is to grill it on a BBQ!

Last week we had what my husband and I call a “Traegerpalooza”, where we smoked/grilled lots of different meats on our Traeger grill. We cooked enough to provide our meals for almost a week! Another dish we made was this delicious grilled asparagus with lemon and Parmesan cheese! Asparagus is very easy to grill. Let me show you just how simple it is!

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How To Make Grilled Asparagus

Before grilling the asparagus, you need to get it ready! Snap the “woody” ends of each asparagus spear off, at the bottom. It should easily snap off between your fingers. You can discard the end pieces.

Lightly drizzle the asparagus with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and pepper. I also squeezed a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice over the asparagus. Mix this all together with your fingers until the asparagus spears are well coated. Now it is ready to grill. You will need your Traeger OR traditional BBQ preheated and ready to go!

Fresh asparagus is drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil, and seasoned before grilling.

I’m showing you a photo (below) of the items we smoked and grilled on our Traeger along with the grilled asparagus. We cooked two different recipes for pork chops, some brats and turkey sausages, tri-tip steaks, the asparagus, and a bone-in turkey breast (not in photo).

The seasoned asparagus is ready to grill, along with other meats.

The grilled asparagus can be prepared this way on any kind of BBQ. When we grilled them on our Traeger, we went through all the normal preheating necessary, and then heated the grill to 450° F. to prepare the asparagus.

Cooking The Grilled Asparagus On The BBQ

The seasoned asparagus spears are placed directly on the grill grate in a single layer.  Cook the grilled asparagus for 4-5 minutes at 450° (high heat). Once done, the asparagus spears will be slightly tender and still slightly crisp after this time. If you want them a tiny bit softer, cook them just a tiny bit longer. Be sure to NOT overcook the asparagus!

On a Traeger grill, there is no need to turn the asparagus, because there is no direct flame underneath the grill grate. If making this on a traditional BBQ (with propane or briquettes), you will need to keep a close eye on the veggies. Turn them once during the cooking. Once done, remove the grilled asparagus to a serving plate.

Grilled asparagus is placed directly on the BBQ grill, to cook.

To Serve The Grilled Asparagus

Immediately after transferring the hot grilled asparagus to a serving plate, garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.

Grilled asparagus is garnished with lemon zest and grated Parmesan cheese, to serve.

The heat from the asparagus should slightly melt the Parmesan cheese you have added to the top of the dish. A little lemon juice and zest help to give the finished grilled asparagus a nice fresh “pop” of extra flavor! Serve immediately, and enjoy this simple vegetable dish!

Grated Parmesan cheese and lemon zest help flavor and garnish the grilled asparagus.

Grilled asparagus with lemon and Parmesan is a delicious, and totally simple side dish, and I really hope you enjoy it! If you enjoy grilling fresh vegetables dishes, you might also enjoy my recipes for Grilled Summer Veggies or Grilled Corn on The Cob. YUM.

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
It's easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious side dish!
Category: Side Dishes, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled asparagus
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 81 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound asparagus (fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
To Garnish Asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
Instructions
  1. Snap the "woody" ends of each asparagus spear off, at the bottom. It should easily snap off between your fingers.  Lightly drizzle asparagus with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and pepper. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the asparagus. Mix together with your fingers until the asparagus spears are well coated.

  2. If cooking on a Traeger grill, complete all the normal preheating necessary, and then heat the grill to 450° F. to prepare the asparagus. Place seasoned asparagus spears directly on the grill grate in a single layer.  Cook asparagus for 4-5 minutes at 450° (high heat). Once done, the asparagus spears will be slightly tender and still slightly crisp after this time. If you want them a tiny bit softer, cook it just a bit longer. Be sure to NOT overcook the asparagus!  On a Traeger, there is no need to turn the asparagus, because there is no direct flame underneath the grill grate. If making this on a traditional BBQ (with propane or briquettes), you will need to keep a close eye on the veggies. Turn them once during the cooking. Once done, remove the grilled asparagus to a serving plate.

  3. Immediately after transferring the hot grilled asparagus to a serving plate, garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 of total))
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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