Tender, with a delicious barbecue flavour, this grilled asparagus makes a perfect side dish for grilled meats. Don’t know how to cook asparagus on the grill? Just place the stalks on a double skewer.
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound fresh asparagus trimmed
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- In a large skillet, bring water to a boil; add asparagus. Cover and cook until crisp-tender, about 2-3 minutes; drain and pat dry. Cool Slightly.
- Thread several asparagus spears onto 2 parallel soaked wooden skewers. Repeat. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 2 minutes, turning once. Baste with barbecue sauce. Grill 2 minutes longer, turning and basting once.
1 serving: 43 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fibre), 2g protein.
Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.
Grilled Asparagus Tips
What should I look for when buying asparagus?
Look for bright green or violet-tinged spears with firm stems. Make sure the tips are closed and compact. When the bunch is squeezed, it should squeak. Avoid stalks that appear woody. Size does not indicate quality or flavour; thick asparagus is just more mature than the thin variety.
Should I wash my asparagus before grilling?
Yes! Asparagus is usually clean when purchasing it at the grocery store or farmers' market, but it’s still a smart idea to wash it well. To clean asparagus thoroughly, fill a bowl with cold water and soak the asparagus for a few minutes, then rinse and pat dry. This should rid the stems of any dirt or sand.
How do I prepare asparagus for grilling?
After washing, remove the tough and fibrous ends of the asparagus. You can cut them using a knife, snap them off with your fingers, or, if using thicker asparagus, peel the ends with a vegetable peeler for less waste. You may also decide to blanch asparagus before popping it on the grill. Blanching allows the asparagus to cook halfway through, so it doesn't have to stay on the grill as long.