Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Everything’s better with butter! Spruce up your next barbeque or family dinner with a healthy and delicious side of garlic-buttery grilled asparagus. Grilled to caramelized perfection, this is asparagus that will melt in your mouth. Pro tip: don’t forget to scrape your grill before cooking once it’s heated (it’s easier to do it hot). And look out for Brookshire’s Butter on sale this week for extra savings!
3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
3 small cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 to 2 lbs thick asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1/4 tsp table salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for greasing grill
Parsley, for garnish
Lemon slices, for serving
Combine butter and garlic in small bowl. Brush asparagus with butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt; season with pepper to taste.
When grill is medium-hot, scrape grill grates clean with grill brush. Brush oil on grill grates. Grill asparagus, turning once, until just tender and caramelized, about 2 to 5 minutes per side. (Move asparagus as needed to ensure even cooking.) Transfer asparagus to platter. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices.
Calories Per Serving: 107, Fat: 9 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 23 mg, Sodium: 212 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 3 g
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While butter isn’t exactly good for you (on account of all the saturated fat), it’s not all bad either. It’s actually vitamin rich for one thing. Vitamins A, D, E, B12 and K2 are found in high amounts in butter. Butter is also loaded with Butyrate, an anti-inflammatory for the digestive tract and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a fatty acid that may reduce body fat and help with certain health conditions. But, that’s not a free pass to go out and eat all the butter. Use your butter wisely to make healthy dishes (like our grilled asparagus!) and enjoy the best of both worlds.
How to Choose the Best Asparagus
First of all, size doesn’t matter when it comes to asparagus. Thick or thin stalks are more about preference than quality. The main thing to look out for is the appearance of the stalks. They should be firm and straight, with a vibrant green color. Also, look at the tips to make sure they’re closed and not dried out. When selecting fresh white asparagus, watch for the same qualities sans the rich green hue.
Once you get them home, trim the ends and either wrap them in a damp paper towel, place the asparagus in a plastic bag and refrigerate or stand them upright in a jar with an inch of water, cover with a plastic bag and store like a bunch of fresh flowers.