Grilled Spicy Garlic Asparagus

This grilled spicy garlic asparagus recipe is so simple and can be served with just about anything. I especially love these with grilled salmon.

I make these like all the time. ALL THE TIME.

Grilled Spicy Garlic Asparagus

I made grilled spicy garlic asparagus to go with this tilapia {so good!} and with this salmon {so SO good!}, I make them to go alongside grilled steaks… pretty much anything and everything. All right, all right… I make these when I’m lacking creativity and/or time and need a side that takes 5 ingredients and like 10 minutes. Which is pretty much most of the time.

So I really hope you don’t mind yet another grilled recipe. I’m squeezing in as many grilling posts as I can before summer is ovah. Since I can start my grill with a push of a button… I’ve been grilling like nobodies bidness. But by far my favorite thing to grill is vegetables {and steak… shhh}. Something about that delicious char that turns blah-de-blah vegetables into something extraordinary. I mean, remember these beans? GAH!

the goods

My favorite things to have on hand in the kitchen are lemon, garlic infused olive oil and red pepper flakes. They are a powerful combination and work with just about everything.


Grab a beautiful bunch of asparagus.


Trim off the bottom inch- inch and a half-ish.

rinse and towel dry

Rinse and pat dry.

squeeze zee lemon

Throw them in a shallow dish and squeeze in half of a lemon… just watch for seeds.

kosher salt action

Sprinkle with a couple pinches of kosher salt…

pepper flakes

A couple pinches of red pepper flakes…

toss in some olive oil

Lastly just toss with some olive oil… I know right? Kinda lame I’m posting these, they’re so darn easy… but ya know I just can’t help it.

Preheat your grill to medium-high and place your grilling basket on the grates while that’s happening.

Grilled Asparagus Collage

Once the grill and basket are smokin’ hot… throw in the asparagus. Grill for a total of 10 minutes, dropping the heat down to medium if they’re browning too quickly, tossing every so often.

Once a good char has kissed those babies, remove with tongs to the same shallow dish and toss them in the chili-garlic oil that was left behind.

Serve warm with… ANYTHING!


Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Spicy Garlic Asparagus recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Grilled Spicy Garlic Asparagus

5 ingredients + a grill basket = heaven. It's as easy as it gets!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes or less


1 bunch fresh asparagus

juice from 1/2 a Lemon, juiced

2 pinches kosher salt

2 pinches red pepper flakes

1 to 2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil


Rinse and pat dry a bunch of asparagus.

Trim of the bottom inch {the tough parts} and toss them in a shallow bowl with salt, red pepper flakes, olive oil and add the juice of half a lemon.

Preheat your grill to medium-high with your grill basket on the grates. Once hot, use tongs to transfer the asparagus to the smoking hot grill basket. Adjust the heat to medium and grill the asparagus until fork tender, but not too soft.

Use your tongs to transfer the grilled asparagus back to the shallow bowl {with that oil and pepper flakes that didn't stick} and toss.

Serve warm.

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14 Responses to “Grilled Spicy Garlic Asparagus”

  1. #
    Amy (Savory Moments) — August 22, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I love asparagus and this looks like an extra-tasty way to enjoy it!

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    Tieghan Gerard — August 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I think grilling asparagus is the best way of cooking it and these flavors sound awesome! I too do asparagus with fish and meats and when I a short on time. It just works and is good!

  3. #
    Sheila — August 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

    grilled spicy and asparagus three of my favorite words!!
    this looks DEEE lIsh ous!

  4. #
    Kathryn — August 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Grilling is one of my favourite ways to eat asparagus and I love the addition of the spice and garlic. It sounds even more delicious!

  5. #
    cassie — August 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I am a HUGE fan of asparagus. This is my dream veggie dish!

  6. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — August 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

    YES!!!! This is right up my alley! Making immediately. Love asparagus and want to eat it all year long.

  7. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I am a grilled asparagus FREAK!! But need to try the spicy garlic version!

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I might just eat a whole plate of these… cool? 🙂 But seriously, SO YUM.

  9. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — August 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    YUM! I make something similar to this (plain garlic instead of garlic oil) almost every week. So addicting!

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    Michelle Ritchie | Delicious Karma — August 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Gotta try these on the asparagus in my fridge! I usually put olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon zest on them, but your recipe will add an extra bit of heat and zing. Will try it tonight! Thanks!

  11. #
    Peter Topec — August 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    What can I say when you take two of my favorite items and merge them! Lol… maybe that’s why I have weight issues~
    I love to mix food together to create some great creations.
    My wife is trying to get me on a diet, coupled with exercise, nutritional and weight loss supplements. I may have to try her regime.

  12. #
    E — September 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    So so so tasty, thank you for posting this recipe, simple as it may be!!!
    Love your photography, too! Thank you for taking the time. Love it!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 17th, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

      Thank YOU E!


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