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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Grilled Asparagus With Asian Marinade

Is it strange that I'm crazy about marinating? I just love the feeling I get from knowing that the steak or veggies I'll be eating for dinner later is sitting in the fridge soaking up flavor. It's as if I'm working on a delicious present for myself and my family all day long without actually having to do anything.

Asparagus Soaking in Asian Marinade by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

I decided to try marinating some asparagus in a simple Asian-style sesame-soy-garlic sauce before grilling them last night. And I'm really glad that I did! They were so delicious that the only thing that stopped me from eating more was the fact that they were all gone...
Grilled Asian-style Asparagus by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

They're also very simple and quick to make which is a huge plus in my book these days since baby Will has recently started walking on his own so we do a lot of chasing after him.
Grilled Asian-Style Asparagus by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

Without further ado, here is the recipe. I think know you're gonna love them.

Grilled Asparagus With Asian Marinade
Serves 4


* 1 lb organic asparagus
* 2 Tbsps sesame oil
* 3 Tbsps soy sauce
* 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
* 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 2 Tbsps sesame seeds


1. Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody bases (just bend them about 2/3 of the way down the stalk, they'll snap right where they're supposed to.)

2. In a large, shallow bowl, combine the marinade ingredients and mix well. Add the asparagus and turn to coat. (You can also make the marinade in a small bowl and then add it and the asparagus to a ziplock bag if you prefer but I always feel guilty about throwing out the bag afterwards -- it's pretty hard to wash ziplocks.)

3. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours, turning to make sure all the asparagus get equal access to the marinade. If you don't have time to marinate the asparagus, just toss them all to coat and get on with the grilling -- they'll still be plenty tasty.

4. Preheat the grill, then place asparagus on and cook until nicely browned on both sides, about 2 to 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

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Anonymous said...

This is so good! Even managed to get the younger people to eat asparagus and craving for more!

Anonymous said...

My wife (55) works and I (66) am retired.

I made this for my wife last Friday, and we both enjoyed this recipe so much we are having it again this Labor Day weekend, Friday night.

I followed the recipe very close.

All my wife kept saying was "Oh my! These asparagus are so delicious!" over and over.

I BBQ'd basil sausages from TJ's (Trader Joe's) had these GREAT asparagus and a nice Beringer white zinfandel (Costco)

More wine, followed by a large piece of watermelon for desert.

Thank you for such a delicious recipe.

Sincerely, Goldop.

Eve Fox said...

I'm so glad to hear it, Goldop! Your meal sounds delicious.

Chucky Last said...

Tried twice...second time better than the first! Thanks for posting....