grill pan asparagus

Restaurant-worthy: Grill Pan Asparagus Recipe

Are you craving some seriously tasty grilled asparagus, but don’t feel like firing up the outdoor grill? No problem! This grill pan asparagus recipe is here to save the day (and your taste buds). With just a few simple ingredients and a trusty grill pan, you’ll be on your way to enjoying restaurant-worthy asparagus in the comfort of your own kitchen. Plus, it’s ready in just a few minutes, so you can indulge in this flavorful side dish without any of the hassle. So don’t hold back, let’s get grilling (pan-style)!

Asparagus: Delicious veggie and health Superstar!

Asparagus is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that is packed with health benefits. You need it in your life. Seriously.

  • Low in calories, rich in antioxidants
  • Excellent source of fiber, helps improve digestion and prevent constipation
  • High in folic acid, important for brain function and red blood cell production
  • Contains vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals like potassium and iron
  • Tasty and good for overall health

What is the best way to cook asparagus?

Have you ever had the pleasure of tasting perfectly cooked asparagus at a high-end restaurant? It’s a truly magical experience, with a nice char on the outside and a crisp, fresh interior. There’s nothing worse than mushy asparagus, which is why it’s important to choose the right cooking method. Roasting in the oven and grilling are both excellent options, and they each bring their own unique flavors and textures to the table. Whether you prefer the smoky taste of grilled asparagus or the caramelized goodness of roasted asparagus, there’s no denying that these are two of the best ways to cook this delicious spring vegetable.

Why stovetop grilled asparagus?

Grilling asparagus on the stovetop using a grill pan is a great alternative to outdoor grilling for a number of reasons.

  • Can be enjoyed year-round, regardless of weather
  • Convenient and space-saving option for those without an outdoor grill
  • Faster process than outdoor grilling
  • Easy to clean up, no mess or hassle like with an outdoor grill

How to chose a grill pan?

When it comes to choosing a grill pan, there are a few key factors to consider.

One of the most important is the size of the pan, as you’ll want to make sure it is large enough to accommodate the amount of asparagus (or other grilled vegetables) you plan to cook.

Another important factor is the material of the pan. Cast iron grill pans are a popular choice, as they are durable and provide the best heat retention. However, they can be heavy and require more maintenance, such as seasoning and cleaning. Nonstick grill pans are a convenient option, as they are easier to clean and don’t require seasoning. However, they may not be as durable and may not provide as good a char as cast iron pans.

Another important factor to consider when choosing a grill pan is the height of the sides. To ensure a good air flow and an even cook, it’s best to choose a pan with low sides. This will allow the heat to circulate around the asparagus and help to prevent burning. High-sided pans may cause the asparagus to steam rather than grill, which can result in a less flavorful and less visually appealing dish.

Here are a couple of my top choices:

How to make the best grilled asparagus?

Making the best grilled asparagus is all about finding the perfect balance of char and tenderness. Here are a few tips to help you achieve grill pan asparagus perfection:

  • Start by trimming the woody ends off of the asparagus spears and toss them in a bit of olive oil.
  • Preheat your grill pan over medium-high heat until it’s hot, but not smoking.
  • If you are grilling a large amount of asparagus, do it in batches and keep the first batches in a warm oven until all are done.
  • Place the asparagus on the grill pan in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Grill the asparagus for a total time of 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus. Be sure to turn the asparagus frequently so that they get an even char. The outside should be charred but the inside should still have a slight bite when they are done.
  • Remove the asparagus from the grill pan and season with a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. You can add a squeeze of lemon juice, if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

How long do you grill asparagus?

The answer depends on a few factors, including the thickness of the asparagus, its freshness, the temperature of your grill pan, and your personal taste preferences.

A good rule of thumb is to grill the asparagus for about 4 minutes on one side, then flip them over with tongs and grill for an additional 3 minutes. At this point, evaluate the asparagus and toss them gently as needed to ensure an even cook. Keep in mind that the surface of a grill pan may not have an even temperature, so it may be necessary to move the asparagus around to ensure they cook evenly.

In general, you can expect to grill asparagus for a total of about 10 minutes. However, the exact cook time will vary, so it’s important to keep an eye on the asparagus and remove them from the grill pan when they are tender and charred to your liking.

Don’t wait any longer to try out this delicious and easy grill pan asparagus recipe! Don’t forget to share your thoughts and pictures with us in the comments below!

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Grill Pan Asparagus

Elevate your home cooking with this restaurant-worthy grill pan asparagus recipe. Quick and easy to prepare, this flavorful side dish will impress your guests.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Veronique Eichler

Instructions

  • Start by trimming the woody ends off of the asparagus spears and toss them in a bit of olive oil.
  • Preheat your grill pan over medium-high heat until it's hot, but not smoking.
  • Place the asparagus on the grill pan in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. If you are grilling a large amount of asparagus, do it in batches and keep the first batches in a warm oven until all are done.
  • Grill the asparagus for about 4 minutes on one side, then flip them over with tongs and grill for an additional 3 minutes.
  • At this point, evaluate the asparagus and toss them gently as needed to ensure an even cook. Keep in mind that the surface of a grill pan may not have an even temperature, so it may be necessary to move the asparagus around to ensure an even char.
  • In general, you can expect to grill asparagus for a total of about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on their thickness, freshness, and your personal taste. The outside should be charred but the inside should still have a slight bite when they are done.
  • Remove the asparagus from the grill pan and season with a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. You can add a squeeze of lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

These are also delicious served cold with a dressing of your choice.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Grill Pan Asparagus
Amount per Serving
Calories
54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
12
mg
1
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
4
g
1
%
Dietary Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Total Sugars
 
2
g
2
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
0
g
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
857
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
229
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Not only “restaurant worthy”…. This is HIGH END RESTAURANT WORTHY!

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