Monday, May 17, 2010

Sesame Grilled Asparagus

You've probably noticed we eat a lot of asparagus at our house. Besides the warmer weather, it's one of my favorite things about Spring. My go to recipe for asparagus is either grilled or roasted in the oven. Either way it's so simple to prepare, just olive oil, salt and pepper. This Sesame Grilled Asparagus takes my go to recipe to the next level. The sesame oil and soy sauce are a wonderful compliment to an already delicious vegetable.

Sesame Grilled Asparagus

Recipe Courtesy of Steven Raichlen

Wooden toothpicks or bamboo skewers
1 pound asparagus
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Salt and black pepper
In a shallow pan, soak skewers in cold water for 1 hour, then drain and set aside.

Preheat grill to high. Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and discard. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together, using the toothpicks or 2 bamboo skewers, forming a raft shape.

In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of pepper.

When ready to cook, place the asparagus rafts on the hot grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds as they grill. You can serve the asparagus as rafts or unskewered.

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  1. Oooh, I wish I had a grill because that looks really delcious. Usually I roast my asparagus with olive oil, salt and garlic cloves. I love the idea of sesame though.

  2. This looks amazing. I'm still working on my technique. I have a tendency to char mine a bit to much. Yours looks perfect. I hope you are having a fabulous day. Blessings...Mary

  3. Love the addition of the sesame oil and the soy sauce (I could put those on any veggie and be completely happy) Looks delicious!

  4. What an amazing preparation for asparagus. Looks incredibly delicious.

  5. Asparagus is a favorite here, too. I almost always grill or roast it, so I'm going to have to try this recipe.

  6. oh these would great for memorial day..yummy


  7. I love cooking with sesame oil! This looks fabulous. Thanks for the idea of using the skewers too.

    Thanks for popping in to spend 5 minutes with me the other day!

    Best wishes,

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