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Ninja Grilled Asparagus with Garlic

Fire up your Ninja Grill or Woodfire Grill and make a tasty side dish to accompany so many mains! This Ninja Grilled Asparagus recipe is really easy to make, and it’s ready in hardly any time at all. Garlicky, tender-crisp asparagus ready in minutes? You bet!

Grilled Asparagus with Garlic on a white platter.

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The Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill offers an authentic, high-heat grilling experience right at home. Its ability to maintain a consistent high heat ensures your asparagus cooks evenly and quickly, resulting in perfectly grilled asparagus with a beautiful char. And, with bold smoke at the touch of a button, I love my Ninja Woodfire Grill for everything from this easy asparagus recipe to complicated and long smokes!

What You’ll Love About Grilled Asparagus with Garlic


  • Versatile: This grilled asparagus recipe serves perfectly as a side dish to your BBQ or stands alone as a healthy snack.
  • Flavorful: The smoky wood-fired grill aroma combined with garlic-infused olive oil gives this dish an unparalleled flavor profile.
  • Quick and Easy: With a few simple ingredients and steps, you’ll have a gourmet dish in minutes.
  • Healthy: Asparagus is packed with vitamins and fiber, making this a guilt-free indulgence.

Ingredients

  • Asparagus: Look for fresh, firm, and brightly-colored asparagus in your local farmers’ market or grocery store.
  • Garlic: The pungent flavor of garlic adds depth to the asparagus. Consider using roasted garlic for a sweeter, milder flavor.
  • Olive Oil: A good quality extra virgin olive oil will add richness and help the asparagus cook evenly.
Labeled ingredients to make Grilled Asparagus.

How To Clean Asparagus

Cleaning asparagus is a straightforward task. First, rinse the asparagus under cold water to remove any dirt or grit. Use your fingers to gently scrub the spears, paying close attention to the tips where dirt can often hide. After rinsing, pat the asparagus dry with a clean towel. It’s important to remember that the bottom portion of the asparagus stem can be woody and tough, so it’s advisable to snap or cut off these ends. Hold the spear at both ends, and bend it until it snaps – it will naturally break where the woody part begins. Now, your asparagus is clean and ready to be cooked!

How To Make The Best Ninja Grilled Asparagus

  1. Preheat your Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill to high. Getting the grill to the right temperature is key for that perfect cook.
  2. Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody ends. This is essential to ensure you’re left with the tender part of the vegetable.
  3. Toss the asparagus with the olive oil, minced garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste. This will ensure every inch of your asparagus is packed with flavor.
  4. When the grill is ready, add the asparagus in a single layer. This will provide even heat distribution for cooking.
  5. Cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the asparagus is tender-crisp.
  6. Serve and savor every bite!
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic on a white platter.
Serve and enjoy!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Don’t overcook the asparagus! Not only will the garlic likely burn, but mushy asparagus is not nearly as good as tender-crisp asparagus.
  • Control the heat – if your asparagus spears are really thick, turn the heat to medium to cook them a bit longer.
  • Fresh garlic really makes this dish sing!
  • Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or lemon zest before serving for a little bit of extra flair.

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Make It A Meal

Wondering what to serve with this grilled asparagus recipe? I love pairing it with other Ninja grilled eats like tomahawk pork chops, or these delish bacon-wrapped burgers. Or, keep it light with a side of this burrata caprese which is light and full of complementary flavors.

Storage

Store any leftover Ninja Woodfire Grilled Asparagus in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can eat the leftovers cold or warm them gently in the microwave. Put it on salads, or add it to a wrap to add a boost of flavor.

Grilled Asparagus with Garlic on a white platter.

Ninja Woodfire Grilled Asparagus with Garlic

Chef Jenn
This quick and delicious side dish is ready in minutes! Pair this easy grilled asparagus recipe with grilled steaks or chops and add a burst of color and flavor to your meal!
5 from 48 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 98 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds asparagus
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody ends. This is essential to ensure you're left with the tender part of the vegetable.
  • Preheat your Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill to high. Getting the grill to the right temperature is key for that perfect cook.
  • Toss the asparagus with the olive oil, minced garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste. This will ensure every inch of your asparagus is packed with flavor.
  • When the grill is ready, add the asparagus in a single layer. This will provide even heat distribution for cooking.
  • Cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the asparagus is tender-crisp.
  • Serve and savor every bite!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

    • Don’t overcook the asparagus! Not only will the garlic likely burn, but mushy asparagus is not nearly as good as tender-crisp asparagus.
    • Control the heat – if your asparagus spears are really thick, turn the heat to medium to cook them a bit longer.
    • Fresh garlic really makes this dish sing!
    • Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or lemon zest before serving for a little bit of extra flair.

Nutrition

Serving: 6spearsCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1286IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 4mg
Keyword asparagus, garlic, grilled asparagus, ninja woodfire grill, ninja woodfire grilled asparagus
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