Grilled Asparagus Parmesan

Grilled asparagus gets a light and flavorful coating of finely grated Parmesan cheese and a hint of lemon in this easy grilled side dish.

Grilled Asparagus
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (see Tip)


  1. Preheat grill to medium. Combine asparagus and 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Grill, uncovered, turning often, until the spears are lightly charred and somewhat tender but still hold their shape, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

  2. Stir garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil together in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave on High for 15 seconds. Stir the mixture and pour over the asparagus on the platter. Sprinkle with Parmesan.


Use a microplane grater to grate Parmesan finely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
13g Fat
11g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 4 oz.
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Vitamin A 1822IU 36%
Sodium 342mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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