This is an awesome recipe to make if you want to shake up your side game or if you are a vegetarian. I have made asparagus 100 times before but never this tasty. There are plenty of recipes for lemon pepper Asparagus but there is no pre-made dry LP seasoning in this one. Real lemon. Real Pepper.
- Lemon (juice and zest)
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper (always fresh cracked for best flavor)
What size asparagus should you use? The thicker the better. The perfect size asparagus for grilling is at least a quarter inch thick. They don’t take long to cook and you want them to be on the grill long enough to get some nice color without overcooking.
The first thing you want to do is cut the tips off your asparagus usually the last couple of inches will do check out the diagram that I put below. The ends of the asparagus can get very bitter and gummy.
After you cut your asparagus place them in a dish with enough room to toss. I used a nice glass dish. Next take your olive oil and drizzle it over the asparagus just enough to coat well. Add your salt and pepper. Go a little heavier on the pepper then you would normally go. Go ahead and zest your lemon right over top of the dish. Then cut and juice both halves of the lemon.
Toss the asparagus with all the ingredients and set aside. Set up your grill for direct grilling.
Arrange your asparagus on the grill directly over the coals perpendicular to your grill grates. Do not toss your prep dish away, you’re going to need it. The cooking process should not take longer than 10 minutes total. I’d say roll them about every 2-3 minutes for even cooking. Here’s where you turn up the flavor. I told you not to rinse your prep dish……. There is a ton of flavor left in there and we are going to use it now.
Take your cooked asparagus off the grill and back into the dish and toss him in that leftover olive oil, lemon flavor salt and pepper.