The spring sun is out and that means it’s time to fire up the grill! This is a simple, bright and refreshing side dish that goes well with just about anything. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, and while the asparagus is marinating you can get the rest of your meal ready and preheat the grill…and pour yourself a glass of wine. Because wine’s important. And so is multitasking. With wine.
I make the orange-soy marinade right in a zipper bag, so I’m not dirtying up any extra dishes. I put the zipper bag inside an empty bowl to help steady it while I add the ingredients. To the bag, add the zest and juice of an orange, extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
Seal the bag and shake to mix all the ingredients together, then add the asparagus, seal again, and massage the marinade into the asparagus to make sure it’s all coated. Marinate for 30 minutes; during the last 10 minutes preheat your grill.
Grill the asparagus over medium heat until crisp-tender, rotating every couple of minutes until all sides have a light char. Use the leftover marinade to baste the asparagus once or twice during grilling. When you remove the asparagus from the grill season it lightly with salt and pepper.
Those charred crispy tops! It’s why I grill.
Top the citrusy grilled asparagus spears with sliced green onions, orange zest and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with a side of rice and tofu, garlicky pasta, or veggie burgers. Mmmm, more please!
Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus
juice & zest of 1 orange, plus more zest for garnish
2 Tablespoon soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
salt and pepper
2 green onions, sliced
black or white toasted sesame seeds for garnish