Sunday, June 21, 2015

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

I think Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan is a great vegetable side dish for any summer holiday celebration.

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com

It's Father's Day, a day that's definitely full of mixed emotions for me.  On the one hand, it makes me miss my amazing dad even more than usual, and I'm sure anyone who's lost their father understands how Father's Day won't ever be the same. But on the other hand, there are so many great fathers in the second generation of my family, and I love celebrating the day with some of them.

Today I'll be going to a family Father's Day celebration and I'm taking Shrimp and Macaroni Salad; without a doubt that's the recipe from this blog that my shrimp-loving Dad requested most often. It's also a hit with a lot of the younger fathers in the family, and perfect for a splurge on a day like today.

I'm not sure if my dad would have asked for this Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan; truthfully he wasn't a big fan of most vegetables. But the last few years of his life, (when he lived in an assisted living center and I went there twice a week and cooked lunch for him), I made quite a few vegetable dishes that he enjoyed. I loved having those few years where I cooked regularly for my dad, and nothing would make me happier today than being able to cook something like this grilled asparagus and a big steak for him (with Shrimp and Macaroni Salad on the side!) 

But of course that isn't possible.  Instead I'm sharing Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan as my Meatless Monday pick for this week, and I hope some of my readers will enjoy this updated favorite recipe of mine soon, maybe with one of the wonderful fathers in your life.

(Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan was first posted in 2006; it's being updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions June 2015. For many more Meatless Monday menu ideas, check Meatless Monday Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes, or Vegan Recipes in the new recipes-by-photo index.)


Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Larger spears of asparagus are perfect for grilling, and having a grill-pan for vegetables like the one in the photos will make this recipe much easier.  Preheat the pan on the grill while you trim the asparagus; then put asparagus in a plastic bag or flat pan and drizzle with oil.


Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Grill the asparagus until it's done to your liking, turning about every 2-3 minutes. As you can see, I like it with a bit of a char.  Sprinkle the hot asparagus with coarsely grated Parmesan and serve.


Original photo Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.comAnd just for fun, here's the original photo from this recipe, definitely not bad at all for the early days! I originally made this with smaller pieces of asparagus, but now I like to grill the whole asparagus spears; take your choice on that!


Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan
(Makes 3-4 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

Ingredients:
1 pound asparagus
1-2 T extra-virgin olive oil (enough to coat asparagus with oil)
salt/pepper to taste
about 1/3 - 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Preheat charcoal or gas grill to medium high heat. (You can only hold your hand over it for a few seconds at that temperature.)

Place grill-pan for vegetables on top of grill and heat it while you prepare asparagus. (Depending on the pan, you may want to spray it with oil or non-stick spray.)

Break one piece of asparagus to see where the tough part of the stem starts, then trim ends of asparagus all to that length. Put trimmed asparagus pieces in a plastic bag (or use a pan) drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, then mix asparagus around in the bag or pan until it's well coated with olive oil.

Lay asparagus pieces on the grill pan and grill, turning every 2 minutes, until asparagus is getting nicely browned and is done to your liking. Cooking time will vary depending on your grill, but I cook it 10-12 minutes for the charred asparagus I prefer. Serve asparagus hot with freshly grated parmesan sprinkled over.

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Nutritional Information? I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

South Beach/Low-Carb Suggestions:
This is a perfect vegetable for any phase of The South Beach Diet, or any type of low-carb eating plan. 

More Grilled Vegetables to Savor:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)

Ten Ideas for Vegetables on the Grill ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Grilled Veggie Kebabs ~ Gluten-Free Goddess

How to Grill Zucchini - Perfect Every Time! ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Grilled Vegetable Salad ~ Life's Ambrosia

Grilled Mushrooms ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Grilled Zucchini and Mushrooms ~ Natasha's Kitchen

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43 comments:

  1. Seriously one of my favorite dishes. Gorgeous photo, too.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This looks easy! I am keen to try it after the blast I had with your cauliflower and anchovies recipe (haha I still can't get over the yumminess of that dish!)

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  3. Looks good and It is the perfect time to try asparagus recipes too!

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  4. Wonderful photo! Isn't it wonderful how much beautiful asparagus is on the market? I could eat it every day.

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  5. Grilled asparagus is top of my list. I'm expecting farm-grown local asparagus at the farmstand in just a few weeks -- at last!

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  6. That's a cool pan - I've never seen one like that before. Good for long thin things like asaparagus (I'll have to look out for them!)

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  7. A total favorite of mine too - though I usually roast them in an oven cause thats all I have!

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  8. I like bigger grating of the parmesan but I'm with you on the grill pan. If it's for the grill, why the long handle a lid won't close on?
    This is really high on my summer time grill favorites!

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  9. Kalyn,

    I know you recommend the Fini of Modena Balsamic vinegar. I bought some recently to test it.

    I also had on hand a 1 liter bottle of the Kirkland (Costco brand) Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. I can't remember the price of it, but the Fini is only 8.45 fl oz.

    I tasted both of them - trying to compare the flavor and aroma. The Kirkland brand is more syrupy (I don't know if that's good or bad - just different in body), but I thought the flavor was almost exactly the same. (Granted, my sense of taste may differ from yours).

    You might try it, if you haven't done so already. At least you could use it for cooking that just needs a little kick of balsamic and reserve the Fini for special occasions.

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  10. Glad to see you're able to grill - we are, too, while so much of the rest of the country is having snowstorms! The asparagus looks great. What kind of lighting are you using to take such good pics?

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  11. Grilling asparagus is one of my favourite ways of dealing with it - I much prefer it to boiled.
    This also works with baby leeks of about the same size as the asparagus - all mixed together...

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  12. Ruth, thanks. It's definitely one o fmy favorites too.

    Yich, hope you like it as much as the caulilflower.

    Maria, we need to have a dinner and make some. (Maria is my neighbor!)

    Sher, I have two bunches in my fridge right now.

    Lydia, I bet the farm-grown asparagus is great.

    Sophie, I love that pan. I think I got it at TJ Maxx.

    Katerina, roasting is great too.

    Tanna, I usually like the larger grated parmesan too, but on this I thought the finer grind coated the asparagus better.

    Sandy-la, thanks for the tip on the Costco vinegar. I heard from another reader that it was good and I've been thinking of buying some. I was not impressed with the old Kirkland balsamic vinegar, but I noticed on the bottle that the one they now have is from Italy. I'll try it for sure, because the Fini brand is pretty expensive for me!
    (I do buy it at World Market where it's a lot cheaper than some places.)

    Cyndi, I use this light box for most of my food photos. I don't have that much light in my house. (That link goes to a post which references my brother's web site, but you can also get it at Amazon.com or in a photo store.)

    Richard, I *love* the idea of combining leeks with the asparagus. Will try it for sure!

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  13. Can't go wrong with asparagus ! And now is the season.

    Thanks !

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  14. The roasted Tilapia and grilled Asparagus with Parmesan cheese looked and tasted great. Thank you.

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  15. made the asparagus tonight...absolutely fantastic. Thanks!

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  16. Kenny and sixtywatt, thanks for letting me know you liked it!

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  17. Comments before this one were from April 2007 when I posted the updated version of this recipe. (Am I the only one who thinks it kind of fun to see the historical view of the comments when I do the recipe favorites?)

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  18. Kalyn, I don't like to fuss too much when come to asparagus, your recipe is exactly what I most like! And I really love to have one grill-wok (with lid!!!)

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  19. Yes, I definitely like the historical view of comments. As for asparagus, I think I'm getting a message - I just left Kalofagas where he was also making very nice looking asparagus. Time to go shopping...

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  20. I love asparagus with parmesan, such a wonderful combination. Oooh, and with a poached egg on top too!

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  21. I just come from Peter's blog. I love that both your asparagus recipes use cheese, they really go well together!

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  22. Now, that pan I have! For the grill...
    It's great isn't it?
    And such lovely asparagus.... I'm happy - it's my favorite vegetable season!

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  23. This is my favorite way to make asparagus. I also add 2 cloves of minced garlic in. There are never any leftovers.

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  24. Agreed -- this is one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus, and an especially good use for the fat spears, as they can stand up to the high heat of the grill. Your photos are getting better and better!

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  25. Great recipe, I love my asparagus, I eat it offten, I love it grilled. Never tried it with parmesan but tonight I will, thanks :)

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  26. Grilled asparagus with parmesan is so simple and yet so good!

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  27. I have never seen pan like this before, very interesting! And I love the idea of adding Parmesan to the asparagus... thank you for an idea :)
    Margot

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  28. Love asparagus! Making this tomorrow!

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  29. I could'nt agree with you more! Grilled asparagus and Parmesan, I can eat them like candy.

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  30. I want to try the grill pan for veggies. Never seen one before. Thanks!

    Peko@KyotoFoodie

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  31. Not long until asparagus is in season over here, so a great and well timed recipe!

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  32. Beautiful, Kalyn! Just the way I like them ;)

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  33. Sounds great! I will have to try this. I always let my asparagus sit in some oil and lime juice, then grill it. Squeeze on a bit more fresh lime and salt n' pepper and you are SO in business.

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  34. I've tried this before, and really liked - so I've been looking forward to the asparagus season keenly (maybe another week? or two? now)

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  35. Asparagus rules no matter how it's prepared. Add in some char marks from the grill ... even better!

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  36. Grilled asparagus is my absolute FAV this time of year so I'm totally swooning over this!

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  37. This is the only way my husband wants me to make asparagus. I do it a bit differently, baking from 10, broiling for 5, but the premise is the same... Mmmm... that parm!

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    1. Carrie, I agree asparagus + parmesan = wonderful!

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  38. Nice... it is easy and delicious. I like grilled asparagus, and I think I like to sprinkle some chopped garlic. I like the garlic smell and olive oil that mix with asparagus. :)

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    1. Glad you like the recipe. Not sure about adding garlic; I think it might burn on the grill. Let me know if you try it.

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    2. Thank you for reminding me. Garlic was added at the last few minutes of grilling time. It's turned out okay, smell good and taste good. :)

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    3. That sounds like a good idea!

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