Tender grilled asparagus is kicked up with the fresh flavors of lemon and a sprinkling of poppy seeds and macadamia nuts.
It’s asparagus season again! While you can find asparagus almost all year long these days, it’s not nearly as ubiquitous or as tasty as it is right now. Suffice it to say that I’ve been on the all-asparagus diet recently.
There’s been asparagus in my tacos, asparagus in my omelettes, asparagus in my salads,and asparagus in my noodles just to name a few; but one of the simplest and tastiest ways I prepare asparagus is to grill it.
Grilling asparagus dials up the flavor. While I love the clean, fresh taste of steamed asparagus, the grill adds an extra layer of smoky, almost caramelized flavor thanks to the high heat of the flames. The heat of the grill locks in the tenderness of all those sweet grassy flavors on the inside while maintaining that nice bite on the outside (because no one likes overcooked or soggy asparagus).
It’s also super quick and easy to do which is especially nice this time of year, when I’d rather be spending my time outside rather than standing over the stove anyways.
The basic method is so simple it barely needs a recipe. Just give the spears a quick rub of olive oil and a pinch of salt before tossing them on the grill and you are good to go. But if you want to take them from good to great, a little lemon zest, and a sprinkling of poppy and hemp seeds punches up the flavor and adds interesting taste and texture.
What you end up with are asparagus spears that are juicy and sweet with a bit of snap, while the lemon adds zing and the seeds a bit of nutty crunch. It’s an unexpected combination that proves that lemon and poppy seeds aren’t just for muffins or baked goods.
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