Broiled Asparagus

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Broiled asparagus is one of the quickest and easiest side dishes in the history of cooking. :D Broiling cooks the asparagus super quick, and leaves it slightly charred for maximum yumminess. Until recently I've only ever eaten asparagus raw (my grandmother grew it in her garden and it was THE BEST) because I feel it's cooked terribly the majority of the time. Broiling is the only way I like to cook it.

Thinner stalks cook in 6 minutes, thick stalks in 8-10 minutes. All you need is a bit of asparagus, some salt and pepper, olive oil and a baking sheet.

Here's how to go about it:
  • turn the broiler on to high - if your broiler is in the top of the oven, place an oven rack in the highest rung.
  • for easy clean up, put down a piece of aluminum foil on your baking sheet - I'm just using a baking sheet.
  • trim off the bottom of the asparagus stalks - peel them if you like. I normally just cut about 1-2 inches off the bottom to get rid of the really woody bit.
  • put the asparagus on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and be generous with the salt and pepper! (try my recipe for citrus salt to make it even better!) Mix it all together until the asparagus is nicely coated.
  • Pop it under the broiler!
  • I like to broil three minutes at a time, and then flip. Just keep an eye on it or set a timer - broiling is serious business.
  • Broil and flip until they're slightly soft and the skin begins to brown and wrinkle.
  • Eat!

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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I've always grilled asparagus. Until now. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. Thanks!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Mmm, quickest and best way. This is the only way I cook my asparagus.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    i love asparagus - had kinda forgotten all about it - dinner is now sorted for tomorrow.

    Cool post


    6 years ago on Introduction

    My favourite way is to steam the asparagus and serve with runny scrambled egg and lashings of butter. I live not far from Evesham which is the UK asparagus capital and every year during asparagus season we'll take a trip there and come back with loads of spears, fresh from the fields. Delicious!
    (And then there's the 'after effects' . . .  #;¬)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love asparagus but I strangely hate eating them raw and I am getting tired of pan frying them. I will have to try this out...


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent photos and a nice, easy recipe for my favorite spring vegetable.