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By: Chef Laura Bonicelli

I buy asparagus at the Minneapolis Farmers Market every weekend possible in May and June. I use it in salads, soups, sandwiches, omelets, and even pesto. Frequently though, it winds up on the grill. The marinade in Grilled Glazed Asparagus turns into a spicy, smokey charred coating.  It’s a perfect addition to your Memorial Day celebration!

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peeled asparagus

about Grilled Glazed Asparagus

I don’t see many people peeling asparagus, but I find that the peeling method works well if you can buy thicker stocks; you can skip that if the spears are thin. Peeling the asparagus allows you to use more of the asparagus stalk, saving the part you might snap off and throw away. The frequently discarded stalk end becomes tender.

The ice bath chills the asparagus, and they come off the grill moist and crisp. This method works with other vegetables like zucchini, broccoli, green onions, and fennel.

the marinade

This marinade started as a sauce. I was thinking- grill the asparagus, serve this on the side. But then I decided to put the two together. You’ll love the smokey crust. It doesn’t mask the flavor of the asparagus; it enhances it. I use a grill pan for this and save it for last on the grill – it’s a little messy – but worth it. 

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Step by Step Instructions

Grilled Glazed Asparagus

Grilled Glazed Asparagus

© Chef Laura Bonicelli
Peeling the asparagus allows you to use more of the asparagus stalk. The frequently discarded stalk end becomes tender.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Course MM-Blue, Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 227 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds thick asparagus


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Peel the asparagus and chill in an ice water bath for 30 minutes or longer. Remove and dry.
  • Whisk the mayonnaise oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt, and cumin in a shallow bowl. Add the asparagus and turn to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes—light your grill.
  • Grill the asparagus over moderately high direct heat, turning often until the spears are blistered and tender, about 6 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.
  • Description:
  • "Peeling the asparagus allows you to use more of the asparagus stalk. The frequently discarded stalk end becomes tender."

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Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 818mgPotassium: 379mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1313IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 4mg
Keyword mayonnaise, smoked paprika
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