Grilled Sesame Asparagus

Grilled Sesame Asparagus
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This simple asparagus recipe gets a double-dose of sesame flavor by first tossing the asparagus with toasted sesame oil, then finishing them with toasted sesame seeds. Toss these on the grill with this Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken, or any protein of your choosing. Grilling imparts a delicious, natural smokiness, but you could also roast the asparagus in the oven. When buying asparagus for grilling, look for thicker spears—these will be easier to handle on the grill.

  • Prep time
    5 min
  • Cook time
    8 min
  • Servings
    2 Servings
  • Serving size
    about 12 spears
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

2 Servings

  • Serving Size
    about 12 spears
  • Amount per serving Calories 70

  • Total Fat 5g
    • Saturated Fat 0.7g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g
    • Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Total Sugars 3g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 3g
  • Potassium 290mg
  • Phosphorus 80mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1 Fat



  • asparagus (ends trimmed)
    12 oz (about 24 spears)
  • toasted sesame oil
    2 tsp
  • salt
    1/8 tsp
  • sesame seeds
    1/2 tsp


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan.

  2. Add the asparagus spears and oil into a 9 × 13-inch dish. Toss with tongs to coat.

  3. Grill the asparagus (in batches, if necessary) over direct medium-high heat until just cooked through and lightly browned, about 6–8 minutes total, rotating only as needed.

  4. Remove spears from the grill and place back into the dish, sprinkle with the salt and sesame seeds, and serve.

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    This is a delightfully simple recipe! It is supposed to serve two, but unless you get the tiny baby asparagus, it is way too much. I am not a big fan of sesame oil, but it was actually good on this. I prefer roasted, so I did it in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. It was delicious!