Summertime screams for firing up the barbie, and what better way to complement your grilled favourites than with perfectly cooked asparagus?
This vegie side dish is a crowd-pleaser, light and healthy, yet bursting with flavour.
Learn how to grill asparagus in minutes and transform this humble vegetable into a smoky, succulent accompaniment to any BBQ feast.

Imagine asparagus spears with vibrant green tips and a slight char marking their crisp, tender bodies.
Hints of smokiness dance around the edges, promising a burst of flavour in every bite.
A drizzle of olive oil adds a beautiful sheen, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt completes this picture of summertime perfection.

grilled asparagus on grill grate

How To BBQ Grill Asparagus

Level up your BBQ game with perfectly grilled asparagus! Tender, charred spears in under 10 minutes - a healthy and delicious side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Australian, New Zealand
Servings 4 serves
Calories 30 kcal


  • BBQ with grill grates
  • Tongs
  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife (optional)


  • 500 g Asparagus Spears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges for serving, optional


  • Prep the Asparagus: Wash and trim the asparagus spears. If the ends are particularly woody, you can snap them off or use a knife to remove about 2.5cm (1 inch) from the bottom.
  • Marinate (Optional): In a large bowl, toss the asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Let them marinate for 10 minutes for extra flavour, or skip this step for a quicker cook time.
  • Preheat the BBQ: Heat your BBQ to medium-high heat. If using a gas grill, preheat for at least 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • Grill the Asparagus: Once the grill is hot, arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on the grates. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side, or until tender-crisp and slightly charred. Use tongs to turn the spears for even cooking.
  • Serve: Transfer the grilled asparagus to a serving platter. Drizzle with additional olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice (optional), and sprinkle with flaky sea salt to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Recipe Tips
  1. For thicker asparagus spears, increase the grilling time by a minute or two per side.
  2. If your grill grates are prone to sticking, brush them lightly with oil before placing the asparagus.
  3. Don't overcook the asparagus! It should be tender-crisp with a slight snap when bitten.
  4. For a touch of sweetness, drizzle the grilled asparagus with a balsamic glaze after cooking.

Serving Suggestions

  • Your bbq grilled asparagus will go well paired with most salads. Learn about salad types and get salad recipes here.
  • Pair your grilled asparagus with grilled meats, fish, or tofu. It's also a fantastic addition to vegie burgers, Pasta dishes, or Rice bowls.


    Now you know how to elevate your next BBQ with the magic of grilled asparagus! This simple recipe delivers a healthy and flavourful side dish that's sure to become a summertime staple. So fire up the grill, grab your tongs, and get ready to enjoy the smoky goodness of perfectly grilled asparagus!
Keyword grilled asparagus

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is the author of Good Food To Eat, a website that provides recipes and cooking help.He is a home cook who enjoys sharing his passion for food with others. Lowry’s mother is a chef, and she taught him the basics of cooking and baking when he was young.He also has experience running a catering business with his wife, specializing in finger foods and full meals for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.Through his various cooking experiences, Lowry has learned what makes a great recipe: simple to follow, yet delicious and satisfying. That’s why he focuses on creating step-by-step recipes that are easy for anyone to make, regardless of their cooking skills.

1 Comment

Water Cress · 26/03/2024 at 11:57 am

5 stars
I cooked alongside my lamb chops and served with potato salad. Perfect

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