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If you love asparagus and cooking on a flat top griddle, then this Griddled Asparagus recipe will make you very happy! It couldn’t be easier to make, and with a large cooking surface, you can cook as much as you need in hardly any time. Fresh, flavorful, and with a bit of crunch, this grilled asparagus recipe is a keeper!

griddled asparagus on a white platter with lemon wedges

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There’s no pre-cooking necessary with this easy asparagus recipe, and if you’ve got a flattop griddle (like a Blackstone), then cooking asparagus outside is a breeze!

Every spring, when the local asparagus is ready, I go a little bit crazy. I have been known to come home with 10 pounds of asparagus and make asparagus EVERYTHING! From soups to salads, asparagus is so versatile and delicious.

This is a terrific recipe even if you don’t go as asparagus-crazy as I do. It’s easy to make, delicious, and cooks up more quickly than you imagine!

What you’ll love about Griddled ASparagus


  • It’s an easy recipe that cooks so quickly!
  • Never overcook asparagus again!
  • Season it just how you like it!

What’s a Blackstone Griddle?

Blackstone Griddles are outdoor propane-fueled griddles known for having large, solid, and super-hot cooking surfaces. I have a 36-inch griddle and love every inch of it! I love that I can cook a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes on it all at once or make an entire dinner for the family without dirtying a single pot or pan.

Ingredients

You don’t need much to make this fabulous and easy asparagus recipe – just a few key ingredients, and you’ll be ready to cook!

  • Asparagus – Start with a little over a pound (to account for trimming loss) for 4 people.
  • Oil – Use your favorite cooking oil.
  • Seasoning – I love Kinders Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning. It has salt, pepper, and an amazing butter flavor.
  • Lemon – Fresh lemon wedges are optional, but lemon brings out the flavor of the asparagus.

How To Buy and Clean Asparagus

Not all asparagus is created equal, and while fresh asparagus is what I recommend in this recipe, here are some tips for buying and preparing it.

Buying Asparagus

Look for bundles of asparagus that are roughly the same length and diameter. Thinner or thicker, it doesn’t matter. Thinner asparagus doesn’t mean it is younger asparagus. Asparagus comes in all sorts of diameters – just make sure you get them about the same thickness for even cooking.

Also check that the asparagus is unwrinkled and that the brushy tops are firm and closed. Here’s another tip: the ends of the asparagus – the more white/grey on the ends, the more you’re going to discard. You’re paying for unusable asparagus because that part is woody and inedible. Good for soups and stocks, but not for eating. So look for bundles that are as green as possible, from end to end.

Preparing Asparagus

Asparagus grows in fine, sandy soil. So it is REALLY important that you wash it well. I usually hold the brushy tips of the asparagus under running water to dislodge any dirt. I do them one or two asparagus spears at a time. Then, working with a handful at a time, I’ll fill a large bowl with water and put the asparagus into the water, swishing it around quite strongly to get rid of any last dirt.

Let the water settle and check the bottom of the bowl for any sediment. If you feel grit at the bottom of the bowl, you should probably repeat the process.

You don’t want to bite into gritty asparagus. There’s nothing that’ll ruin your delicious dish faster than gritty asparagus.

asparagus on a flat top griddle
Asparagus on a flat top griddle.

You’ll Also Need…

  • Tongs
  • Basting cover – Also called a cloche, lid, cooking dome.
  • Squirt bottles – One filled with water, one filled with oil.

How To Make Griddled Asparagus

For a full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of this page.

  1. Heat your Blackstone Griddle – or any other outdoor griddle – to medium-high.
  2. Add the asparagus to the griddle in a single layer and add a few tablespoons of oil to it.
  3. Cook it for 2-3 minutes flipping it over halfway through.
  4. Cover with the basting cover (cloche, cooking dome) and lift one side to squirt in a few tablespoons of water to create steam.
  5. Steam the asparagus for 2-3 more minutes then remove the lid.
  6. Add the seasoning, move the asparagus around, and cook until the desired doneness.

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How Do You Know When Asparagus is Cooked?

I like my asparagus to still have some snap to it. I know it’s cooked when I can bend an asparagus spear about 90-degrees without it snapping. Or, I’ll take a bite and see if it is how I like it.

Cooked asparagus should be bright green and still have some structure – not be all limp.

What To Serve With Griddled Asparagus

The short answer is: anything! I love asparagus with just about anything, but some of my favorite meal pairings include:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you season griddled asparagus?

All it really needs is salt and pepper, but garlic, poultry seasonings, vegetable blends, and more will all add lots of flavor to your asparagus side dish.

How long does it take to cook flat top asparagus?

If you use a lid to help steam the asparagus, then the dish will be ready in a handful of minutes. Thicker asparagus may take an extra minute or two of cooking time.

Do I have to use a Blackstone Griddle to make this asparagus dish?

Not at all! You can use a skillet to make pan-fried asparagus the very same way.

a top-down shot of griddled asparagus
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Griddled Asparagus

Perfectly cooked on a flat top griddle, Griddle Asparagus is easy, delicious, and ready in a jiffy! Pair it with your favorite meats or just dig into it hot off the griddle!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, blackstone griddle, chicken fried rice on the blackstone griddle, flat top griddle, outdoor, skillet meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 88kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your griddle to medium high while you wash and prep the asparagus.
  • Add the asparagus to the griddle in a single layer and add a few tablespoons of oil to it.
  • Cook it for 2-3 minutes flipping it over halfway through.
  • Cover with the basting cover (cloche, cooking dome) and lift one side to squirt in a few tablespoons of water to create steam.
  • Steam the asparagus for 2-3 more minutes then remove the lid.
  • Add the seasoning, move the asparagus around, and cook until the desired doneness.

Nutrition

Serving: 6spears | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 884IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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