How to Grill Asparagus

This is the perfect time of year for asparagus and it’s the perfect time for grilling. I came up with an idea to caramelize asparagus on the grill and guess what? It’s amazing!

Hubs was a total disbeliever on this one when I was originally pitching the idea. He said many times over, “Really, you want to put sugar on the asparagus” (insert eye rolling here). But as he knows once I have an idea in my head it’s best just to go with it.

So he reluctantly went along and fired up the grill. He quickly did a 180 when he tasted them. He nearly ate an entire plate full himself. The kids were even gobbling them up. They are totally unexpected and wildly delicious. Plus they couldn’t be easier to make.

I do recommend using a grill tray/pan vs. putting the asparagus directly onto the grill, you wouldn’t want them slipping through to a fiery death! If you happen to have any left over (we of course did not) They would be great chopped up and mixed into a risotto!

If you like asparagus I hope you’ll also try my asparagus alla paper bag.

Let me know what you think!


How to Grill Asparagus


  • 1 extra large bundle of asparagus - trimmed
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. Heat grill (or grill pan) to medium-hot heat.
  2. In a bowl coat asparagus with olive oil. Season with salt/pepper. Toss until well coated.
  3. Place asparagus onto a grill tray/basket (or grill pan). Cook for approx 6-8 minutes or until tender. Turning every so often.
  4. Sprinkle sugar onto asparagus about half way through cooking.



  1. 1

    Lovely!! Grilled asparagus is one of my favorite dishes!

    • 1.1
      Paula /

      Thanks Mara! It’s so quick & easy. I’m sure I’ll be making this over & over this summer!

  2. 2

    This asparagus looks so good! Can you believe that I didn’t like aparagus until someone grilled it for me with olive oil, crushed garlic and a dusting of sea salt. Grilling takes out that weird flavor asparagus gets when it’s boiled (that’s how my mom still prepares it). I’ve got some in the fridge – I’ll try this tomorrow! Thanks for messaging me on Food Buzz – love your site. I’ll add you to the blog list at Examiner. xoxoxox

    • 2.1
      Paula /

      Thanks Hilary! So glad to have met you through Foodbuzz! I hope you love the asparagus as much as I do! Let me know how it turns out for you!

  3. 3

    This sounds fantastic – I love asparagus! I will have to give this a try.

    • 3.1

      Thanks Jen! I love fresh asparagus & can’t wait to try some of this in a risotto dish too!

  4. 4

    I love to grill asparagus, but have never put sugar on it. I’m going to try this next time. Great idea!

  5. 5

    Love grilled asparagus, and I can just imagine how the addition of sugar caramelizes it all!

    • 5.1

      Thanks so much for visiting! I’m going to try grilling carrots the same way!

  6. 6

    This sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to try it !!! I love grilled asparagus. I love the look of your website also.

    • 6.1

      Thanks so much Sherrie! I love asparagus & am always jazzed to try new ways to cook it!

  7. 7

    i love your photo! i can taste this dish in my imagination. mmmmm…i have to give it a try one day.

    • 7.1

      Thanks Christina! I hope you will give it a try! I can’t wait to fire up the grill & make it again!

  8. 8

    Hmmm…I’ve never thought to put sugar on asparagus, but I bet it’s delicious! I won’t have access to a grill until later in the summer, but I may try this in the oven and see how it turns out!

    • 8.1

      Hi Mindy! It really was delish. Let me know how it turns out in the oven!

  9. 9

    Wow! Your photos are lovely! I love to grill asparagus and never thought of adding sugar to them! Will give it a try!

    • 9.1

      Thanks Heather! I think you’re going to pleasantly surprised! They’re quite yummy!

  10. 10

    Yum! This is exactly how I usually grill asparagus, but without the sugar. I can’t wait to try this. If it’s anything like kettle corn (sweet and salty), it can’t be bad!

    • 10.1

      Thanks Matt! That is exactly what I was going for! Hope you <3 it as well!

  11. 11

    This is a great idea! I’m definitely going to try this the next time I grill asparagus. Thanks for the tip!

    • 11.1

      Thanks Anjali! Adding the sugar adds a nice unexpected delicious twist!

  12. 12
    Kelly /

    This sound great!!! I love asparagus and will be making this one tonight!

  13. 13

    Paula, I made the asparagus for dinner tonight with salmon and, omg, sooooo delish! This will definitely be going into the veggie rotation.

    • 13.1

      Ciao bella! So glad you guys liked it & I’m honored it’s going into your rotation! Great idea to pair with Salmon! Mwah!

  14. 14

    I made these the other night and they were absolutely divine! I especially love the subtle hint of sweetness that the sugar gives the dish!


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