Esparragos Asados (Grilled Asparagus)

Esparragos Asados sprinkled with olive oil, salt & pepper and a little lemon zest. That’s all they need to be delish!

Best of all, they can be grilled right alongside the main dish and they cook up quick! They’re the perfect healthy vegetable to serve just like Calabacitas are.

Esparragos on a small baking tray sprinkled with parmesan cheese
Esparragos are a popular vegetable in Mexico often sold on farmer’s trucks along road side.

How to choose good Esparragos

When buying fresh esparragos at the grocery store, select stalks that are firm but tender. Wilting asparagus have seen better days and won’t cook well.

The end of the stalks should be moist and plump. Stay away from ends that look dry, cracked, or “woody”. These are no bueno 😉

Esparragos on a small baking tray sprinkled with olive oil
Receta de como cocinar esparragos

Ingredients

  • Fresh Esparragos (Asparagus), ends trimmed as pictured below.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper to taste ( I love to use Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. It does make a difference!)
  • Lemon zest
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Outdoor grill, indoor skillet grill or even just a regular skillet for those times that you can’t grill outdoors.

How To Cook Esparragos:

Esparragos must be one of the easiest vegetables to cook out there. They don’t need much to make them delicious!

Start by cutting the dried ends of esparragos and toss the asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper

Preheat the grill to medium-high, and arrange asparagus crosswise on grill grate and grill covered.

Rotate a couple of times to ensure even cooking. They only take about 5 minutes to cook!

Grilling asparagus on a gas grill
Esparragos asados

Alternative cooking methods:

When I can’t use the grill, asparagus can also be cooked

  • On a hot skillet. The cooking time would be the same time as if they were grilled.
  • Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees until the tips are toasty and brown. About 10 to 12 minutes.

Once they’re cook, just toss your asparagus with the lemon zest and shredded parmesan cheese.

Esparragos asados on a metal baking tray with a small bowl of shredded parmesan

Easy peasy right?

Do you know that Asparagus is good source of folate, vitamin K, and fiber, among other nutrients? Medical News Today talks all about this plus other great benefits you get when eating asparagus.

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Esparragos Asados (Grilled Asparagus)

Servings 2 servings
Ana Frias
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Esparragos Asados sprinkled with olive oil, salt & pepper and a little lemon zest. That's all they need to be delish!
2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pound fresh esparragos (asparagus) ends trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & black pepper to taste
  • Minced zest of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan or more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill to medium-high
  • Toss the asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Arrange asparagus crosswise on grill grate and grill covered, turning often until tender. About 5 minutes.
  • Remove asparagus from grill and toss with lemon zest and parmesan cheese.

*Ana’s Notes:

These Parmesan Asparagus also can be cooked on a hot skillet (in case you don’t feel or can’t use your outdoor grill). The cooking time would be the same time as if they were grilled!

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1/2 portion | Sodium: 339mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Calories: 129kcal | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 10g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 8g

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Esparragos asados on a metal baking tray with a small bowl of shredded parmesan

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