Balsamic Grilled Asparagus 10

Bal­sam­ic Grilled Aspara­gus is one of the side dish­es I make often on the grill, but for some rea­son I nev­er post­ed it here. I’ve post­ed my oth­er most made side dish, Grilled Romaine, but I nev­er put grilled aspara­gus on the site. I have no idea why. It takes no time to prep or grill and, despite the stinky pee, is a fan­tas­tic side dish for just about any entree. And bal­sam­ic grilled aspara­gus is sooooo much bet­ter than boiled aspara­gus. As the recipe stands, it’s veg­e­tar­i­an, but if you want­ed to skip the cheese, you can eas­i­ly make it veg­an (or use a cheese sub­sti­tute)

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus Ingredients:

1 bunch aspara­gus
2 tbsp bal­sam­ic vine­gar
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced gar­lic
salt and black pep­per to taste
2 oz shaved/grated asi­a­go cheese (omit to make it veg­an)

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus 1

***Pro Tip ~ Buy the thick­er aspara­gus spears. Some swear by the lit­tle skin­ny ones, but when grilling them, those turn to mush before they char. Just like steak, the thick­er the bet­ter***

First, break off the base of the stalks of all the aspara­gus spears. Where do you break them? Wher­ev­er they give. If the base will not snap clean, move a lit­tle high­er on the stalk. Once the bases of the spears have been snapped off and dis­card­ed, place the aspara­gus in a dish and apply bal­sam­ic vine­gar:

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus 2

Then add the olive oil:

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Now that the wet stuff has been added, add the gar­lic, salt and pep­per before work­ing all the ingre­di­ents over the entire lengths of each aspara­gus spear:

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Pre­pare the grill for high heat grilling and place the bal­sam­ic aspara­gus on the heat, but don’t dump out the stuff in the bot­tom of the dish, we’ll use that lat­er:

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Now grill the bal­sam­ic aspara­gus for a few min­utes until there are some nice grill marks on one side and then rotate the spears:

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus 7

Once the bal­sam­ic grilled aspara­gus is flipped over, brush it with the balsamic/oil/garlic from the bot­tom of the glass dish:

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus - 101

If your grill isn’t get­ting as hot as it used to, don’t try this recipe. If the grill can’t get to wicked hot temps then the aspara­gus will get soft and squishy before it will get good grill marks. Don’t fret if your grill doesn’t get as hot as when it was new. You prob­a­bly don’t need a new grill, just some new parts. Those parts are cheap­er than you might expect at Grill​PartsSearch​.com and easy to replace.

Now that the aspara­gus has grill marks on both sides, remove from the grill and plate. Apply the shaved or grat­ed asi­a­go cheese, then serve (skip the cheese or use a cheese sub­sti­tute to make it veg­an):

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If grilled prop­er­ly, the aspara­gus will still have a lit­tle snap to go along with that won­der­ful char­ring and caramelized bal­sam­ic vine­gar. But the best part is the prep work is about 4 min­utes and the grilling time is less than 10. That’s fan­tas­tic in both ease of exe­cu­tion and out­stand­ing fla­vor.

One more bonus when it comes to aspara­gus and kids. If you’ve got young boys like me that wrin­kle their noses at some­thing green with a fun­ny name, all you have to do is tell them that it makes their pee smell fun­ny and they can’t get enough. The day I made the aspara­gus shown above, I made more for din­ner and my 5 and 3 year old boys mowed it down only after I told them about the added “bonus” of eat­ing aspara­gus.

If you have any ques­tions or com­ments, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email.

Bal­sam­ic Grilled Aspara­gus
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cui­sine: BBQ
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3–4
An extreme­ly sim­ple and ele­gant side dish that takes no time to both pre­pare and to grill.
  • 1 bunch aspara­gus
  • 2 tbsp bal­sam­ic vine­gar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced gar­lic
  • salt and black pep­per to taste
  • 2 oz shaved/grated asi­a­go cheese (omit to make it veg­an)
  1. Snap off the bases of the aspara­gus and place in a glass dish
  2. Apply the bal­sam­ic vine­gar and olive oil
  3. Add the gar­lic, salt and pep­per
  4. Work the ingre­di­ents until they every mil­lime­ter of the aspara­gus spears
  5. Pre­pare the grill for high heat grilling
  6. Place the aspara­gus on the grill
  7. After the aspara­gus gets some grill marks on one side, rotate to char the oth­er side
  8. Brush on some of the balsamic/olive oil/garlic mix­ture
  9. Remove from the grill when both sides of the aspara­gus has been charred
  10. Add the asi­a­go and serve
Here’s a col­lage of the whole process:

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus

Scott Thomas

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Don’t waste your time, OR a bunch of aspara­gus!!!!! I fol­lowed the recipe, grilled at 600 degrees (less than the rec­om­mend­ed 700), for Half the time & end­ed up throw­ing all down the garbage dis­pos­al.



I’m so sor­ry to hear that the aspara­gus did not turn out well. With a coat­ing of oil on the aspara­gus it should take at least that long at 600 degrees. That being said, all times are approx­i­mate as cook­ing times vary great­ly depend­ing on the heat of the grill, size of what is being cooked, etc. We always say to let the food tell you when it’s done and not a clock. 

This was great. My kids actu­al­ly ate aspara­gus. Using a char­coal grill so not sure what temp was but it was extreme­ly hot. I used small aspara­gus tips and had a great crunch to them and an amaz­ing taste. This is a keep­er.


This grilled aspara­gus looks mar­velous! I like thick­er aspara­gus too. They’re eas­i­er to cook prop­er­ly and I think they taste bet­ter. Love your tip to get kids to eat aspara­gus!


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