With some patience and care, you will be able to learn how to grill asparagus. Grilling asparagus is a great way to bring out its natural flavor. As compared to boiling, grilling will help to preserve its nutritional value. Like other vegetables you might want to cook, you should begin with picking good asparagus when you are at the store to buy them.
Materials Required to Grill Asparagus
The following list includes the items required to grill asparagus.
- Firstly, we will need fresh asparagus to make your meals really healthy and great tasting.
- Extra virgin olive oil will come in handy. However, if you do not have one it, regular olive oil will work just fine.
- Needless to say, you will need a barbecue grill for this process.
- Last but certainly not the least, you will need your choice of seasonings.
Tips for Picking Out and Storing Fresh Asparagus
If you want to grill asparagus you should pick out the fresh ones from a store. Nothing less than the freshest asparagus will suffice if you are looking to get great flavor from them. So, how do you know that they are fresh? You know that asparagus are fresh when their stalks are firm and straight. You will also notice that fresh ones have their tips closed.
To store the asparagus, you will need a plastic bag and a paper towel. Place your fresh asparagus in the bag. Dampen the paper towel with water and wrap it around the bottom of the stalks in the bag. Remember to rinse them well when you take them out of the fridge to cook. Asparagus will generally last for three to four days in the fridge.
How to Grill Asparagus
The next step to grill asparagus is to heat up your barbecue grill to a good temperature. It doe not matter if you use a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Gas grills are just a bit more convenient but it all simply depends on your own personal taste.
Next, trim the ends of the stalks at the bottom. Be sure to trim your asparagus in the area where its greenish color fades. While doing so, be careful not to trim off the spears. There are those who find that snapping off the ends of the stalks is faster than trimming.
Next, rub on a thin film of virgin olive oil and then sprinkle your favorite seasonings. Some people prefer using basic salt and freshly ground black pepper. Ultimately, it just boils down to what you really like.
The last step to grill asparagus is to place them on your barbecue grill. You will know that they are done when they start to become soft.
It is now time for you to remove them from the grill and serve them fresh and hot.