Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

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.

Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

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.

Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

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.

Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

Those charred crispy tops!  It’s why I grill.

Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

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

Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 lbs asparagus, tough ends removed
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

In a large sealable bag, add the orange juice, zest, soy sauce, olive oil, and sesame oil; seal and shake to mix.  Add the asparagus to the bag, seal and massage to coat.  Let marinate for 30 minutes, flipping bag over halfway through marinating time.
Preheat a grill to medium.  Remove asparagus from the bag and place on the grill, reserving liquid to baste asparagus once or twice through cooking.  Grill asparagus until crisp-tender, rotating every couple of minutes.  I grilled mine for about 10-12 minutes since they were fairly thick spears.
Remove from grill, season with salt & pepper and garnish with extra orange zest, green onions and sesame seeds.  Enjoy!
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9 thoughts on “Orange Soy Grilled Asparagus

  1. Asparagus is, hands down, my favorite vegetable. Whenever it’s on sale at the grocery store, I buy several pounds and cook 1 pound each night to eat with dinner. And I eat the ENTIRE pound by myself! So I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it. This orange glaze looks fantastic! I don’t have a grill, but I have a cast iron grill pan that Im’ sure will work just as well. Thank you for sharing.

  2. These pictures are stunning – want these now!!

  3. So simple and delicious looking!! I could totally eat a whole plate of those right now.

  4. […] rechtzeitig für den ersten Spargel zu Ostern habe ich dieses Rezept bei Jaime entdeckt. Grillen ist bei uns um diese Jahreszeit noch nicht angesagt, aber als Ofenspargel konnte […]

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