Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
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About This Recipe

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Napa Valley, renowned not only for its exceptional wines but also its fresh produce, lies an abundance of culinary inspiration. On one such sunny day during my regular visits to the St. Helena Farmers' Market, a particularly vibrant stand of asparagus beckoned me. The result? An exquisite grilled asparagus recipe that's bound to impress: Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan.

The ethos of this dish lies in its simplicity. The grilled asparagus bbq technique showcases the vegetable's natural flavors, making cooking asparagus on the grill the ideal method. The recipe's secret? A dash of zesty lemon and a sprinkle of rich Parmesan cheese, which enhances the asparagus' earthy tones.

When embarking on this culinary journey, remember the best way to grill asparagus is by sourcing the freshest ingredients. In Napa Valley, this means visiting local farmers' markets or specialty stores, ensuring the heart of farm-to-table cooking beats strong in every bite. Such practices not only bolster local businesses but also guarantee unparalleled freshness, making your asparagus grill time fruitful.

Pairing Your Grilled Asparagus with the Perfect Meal

Our grilled asparagus with Parmesan recipe is the epitome of versatility. Dreaming of a Napa Valley-inspired feast? Complement it with a succulent grilled steak or a perfectly seared salmon, toss in a mixed greens salad drizzled with a zingy vinaigrette, and conclude with a slice of rustic sourdough bread from Bouchon Bakery. For those leaning towards a lighter fare, this roasted asparagus pairs seamlessly with a wholesome quinoa and roasted vegetable salad or a refreshing chilled gazpacho.

Of course, no meal in Napa Valley is complete without dessert. After indulging in your grilled asparagus dish, a tangy lemon sorbet or a juicy berry tart could be the cherry on top of your culinary masterpiece. But what's food without wine in this part of the country? Napa's iconic Robert Mondavi Winery recommends a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a smooth Chardonnay to amplify the flavors of this dish.

As culinary explorers traverse through Napa Valley, seasoned locals, such as myself, eagerly share their troves of knowledge on hidden gems, vineyards, and of course, seasonal ingredients. After all, Napa isn't just about food or wine; it's an immersive experience from the panoramic views of vineyards to the camaraderie among its residents.

To every culinary enthusiast, whether you wear the chef's hat at home, dabble in the art of cooking, or simply revel in Napa Valley's gastronomic offerings, let our Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan recipe be the muse for your next culinary venture. And when you do whip it up, pair it with a glass of the valley's finest wine, paying homage to the vibrant tastes, unparalleled freshness, and the dedicated artisans of this esteemed region.

Till then, here's to adventures flavored with the spirit of Napa Valley. Happy grilling!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Fresh Asparagus

Fresh asparagus is a culinary gem that has been cherished for its unique flavor and crisp texture for centuries. As a star in many dishes, it's no surprise that it's the highlight of our Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan recipe. Asparagus, especially when fresh and locally sourced, offers a delightful crunch with a subtly earthy taste. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this vegetable not only satisfies your taste buds but also offers numerous health benefits. Napa Valley is home to several local farmers who take pride in producing vibrant, nutrient-rich asparagus.

How to Grill Asparagus Perfectly Every Time

  1. Choose the Right Asparagus: Opt for medium-thick asparagus stalks, ensuring they're uniform in size for even grilling.
  2. Prepping the Asparagus: Rinse the asparagus thoroughly under cold water to remove any grit. Snap off the woody ends— they usually break naturally where the tough part ends and the tender part begins.
  3. Marinade Matters: Before grilling, marinate the asparagus in olive oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice for at least 15 minutes. This not only adds flavor but ensures that the asparagus gets a nice char without burning.
  4. Grill Technique: Place asparagus perpendicular to the grill grates to prevent them from falling through. Rotate occasionally to ensure an even char.
  5. Timing is Everything: Remember, the thicker the asparagus, the longer it will take to grill. Watch closely to avoid over-cooking.

FAQs about Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

  1. Can I store leftover grilled asparagus? Absolutely! Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat gently to retain the dish's freshness.
  2. What if I have an allergy to Parmesan cheese? Feel free to omit the Parmesan or substitute it with a cheese of your choice. Nutritional yeast is a vegan alternative that gives a cheesy flavor.
  3. Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemon? While fresh lemon juice is recommended for a more vibrant taste, bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch. Ensure it's free from additives.
  4. Do I need a specific type of grill? Both gas and charcoal grills work well for this recipe. If you don’t have a grill, a grill pan on the stovetop is an alternative.
  5. Any wine recommendations besides Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay? While those two are top picks, a Pinot Gris with citrus notes can also complement the dish beautifully.

Tips for Success

  1. Freshness First: Always opt for the freshest asparagus. Look for bright green stalks with firm, closed tips. Locally sourced, seasonal asparagus will always give the best flavor.
  2. Cheese Choices: If Parmesan isn’t to your taste, consider using crumbled feta or shaved pecorino for a twist.
  3. Serving Suggestion: This dish shines when served immediately. The warmth of the grilled asparagus melts the Parmesan slightly, creating a delightful texture and flavor combination.

Recipe Overview

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Trim the woody ends off the asparagus and toss with olive oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place asparagus on the grill, perpendicular to the grates. Grill for 3-4 minutes per side, or until tender and slightly charred.
  4. Transfer grilled asparagus to a serving platter and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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