Recipe courtesy of Steven Raichlen

Sesame Grilled Asparagus

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 38 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound asparagus

2 tablespoons dark sesame oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Salt and black pepper


Special equipment:
Wooden toothpicks or bamboo skewers
  1. In a shallow pan, soak skewers in cold water for 1 hour, then drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat grill to high. Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and discard. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together, using the toothpicks or 2 bamboo skewers, forming a raft shape.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of pepper.
  4. When ready to cook, place the asparagus rafts on the hot grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds as they grill. You can serve the asparagus as rafts or unskewered.
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