Grilled asparagus in foil is an easy and nutritious side dish to toss on the grill this summer! Fresh asparagus spears are tossed in garlic seasoning, wrapped in foil, then grilled until tender and topped with melty parmesan cheese.
If you love recipes like my grilled broccolini, you'll want to give this grilled asparagus a try. It's easy to prep ahead of time and pop on the grill along with your main dish, like grilled lemon pepper chicken or bison burgers.
We're wrapping asparagus in foil for easy handling on the grill. Foil packets steam your asparagus until perfectly tender and are easy to tuck into an empty corner on the grill. Plus, you don't have to worry about asparagus spears falling through the grill grates!
Serve grilled asparagus in foil with your next summer meal. They have a mild, garlic parmesan flavor that pairs well with just about any main dish, like chicken, fish, or burgers.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Asparagus - Fresh asparagus of any thickness works in this recipe. If your asparagus is very thin, you'll want to cut the cooking time down slightly.
- Oil - Any neutral cooking oil you have on hand will work in this recipe.
- Seasoning - Salt, pepper, and garlic powder add a mild garlicky flavor to your asparagus, making it easy to pair with just about any main dish. Feel free to customize with your favorite seasoning.
- Parmesan cheese - Adds salty flavor to your asparagus. Fresh grated parmesan melts easily and adds the best flavor. Pre-grated cheeses do not melt as easily because they're tossed in anti-clumping powder that can add a grainy texture.
Seasoning for asparagus
Today we're using a simple combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. This adds a mild, garlicky flavor that pairs well with just about any side dish.
Popular seasoning variations for asparagus include lemon, Italian seasoning, dill, and red pepper flakes. Feel free to add your favorite seasoning blend to mix things up.
Why is my asparagus soggy?
Asparagus gets soggy and mushy from overcooking. Since asparagus is a delicate vegetable, it doesn't need a long time to cook through. Thin asparagus cooks through in as little as 8 to 10 minutes, and thick asparagus may take up to 16 minutes.
To prevent soggy asparagus:
- Set a timer for the lowest amount of time listed and check on it a few times throughout cooking.
- Test by piercing through with a fork. If your asparagus feels tender with little resistance, it's done.
- Perfectly cooked asparagus has a bright green color. Remove asparagus from the heat before it turns a muddled yellow-olive color.
- If cooking in foil, peel the packet open carefully and note the asparagus color and texture to decide if it needs more time.
- Asparagus will mostly hold its shape when cooked and shouldn't be limp.
Can I make asparagus packets in the oven?
Yes, you can roast asparagus packets in the oven. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your foil packets in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fork tender. Time depends on the thickness of your asparagus spears.
What to serve with asparagus
This grilled asparagus pairs well with just about any main dish, like beef, fish, or chicken. Here are a few of my favorite grilled dishes for summer:
- Grilled chicken tenders
- Grilled bison burgers with pimento cheese
- Grilled lemon pepper chicken
- Grilled lemon pepper chicken sandwich
Grilled Asparagus in Foil
- 1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 375 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If needed, clean grill grates.
- Tear off a large sheet of foil and lay flat on your work surface. Arrange asparagus spears in the center of the foil, stacking no more than two spears high for even cooking. You may prefer to make multiple smaller packets depending on the space available on the grill.
- Drizzle with oil and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Lightly toss to coat. Fold foil over asparagus spears to form a tight packet.
- Using tongs, place foil packets onto grill grates. Grill for about 6 minutes, then flip packets. Grill for another 6 to 8 minutes, or until asparagus is fork tender (this depends on the thickness of your asparagus). Very thin asparagus may only need 2 to 4 minutes on the second side. Remove packets from grill.
- Carefully peel back foil and top asparagus with parmesan cheese. Serve warm.
- Leftover asparagus will keep for 3 to 4 days in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
- To roast foil packets in the oven: preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare packets as directed above, then bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until asparagus is fork tender and bright green.
- Asparagus grilling times depend entirely on the heat of your grill and thickness of the asparagus. Perfectly cooked asparagus should be bright green and mostly hold its shape (not limp). To test for doneness, pierce through with a fork. Cooked asparagus should have a crisp-tender texture with little resistance.
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