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Easy Grilled Asparagus

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Grilled Asparagus

Easy Grilled Asparagus

D.Schmidt
This fabulous asparagus recipe is so easy to make, you'll want to keep it as part of your 'quick & easy' cooking repetoire. A great vegetable side dish, this grilled asparagus recipe cooks up in just minutes. Garlicky and slightly sweet, my simple marinade brings out all the flavor of asparagus and none of the bitterness. Grills up quickly on your outdoor barbecue or indoor grill. This grilled asparagus makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats or whatever you happen to be serving. ENJOY!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  • SERVES 2-4 as a Side Dish
  • a generous handful of asparagus (enough for 2-4 people)
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce (or vegetarian oyster sauce - available at Asian food stores)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 fresh red chili, minced, OR 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili OR 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Preparation:

  1. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus (the spears will naturally snap at the right place). Disgard the ends, or save for soup stock.
  2. Mix together the oyster sauce, garlic, lime juice, brown sugar and chili/cayenne to make the marinade.
  3. Place asparagus in a flat-bottomed dish or bowl. Pour the marinade over. Use a spoon or pastry brush to distribute the marinade over the length of the spears, or just keep turning the asparagus with your hands until the sauce is well distributed.
  4. Allow to marinate at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  5. Lightly brush a hot grill with oil. Grill the asparagus until it is lightly browned and slightly withered on the outside, but still crunchy in the middle.
  6. Serve with rice, or whatever else you happen to be cooking up. ENJOY!

Tip: I like to keep the marinade dish nearby while grilling. When the spears are done, I place them back in the dish and roll them around so they get an extra hit of sauce (Unlike when I marinate meat, I don't have to worry about the bacteria factor). If I'm just eating with family, I serve the asparagus right out of the dish - my family loves it!

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