Serve up this Togarashi Grilled Asparagus as an easy side dish this asparagus season. Nothing beats simple grilled asparagus in the spring. The smoky flavor, char marks,
Togarashi Grilled Asparagus
This asparagus is so good, I could eat them like french fries. This grilled asparagus recipe is so addictive! Any asparagus lover will appreciate the bold and slightly spicy bite from the Togarashi too.
I am a huge fan of grilled asparagus, I know you can bake, sautee, and even steam it, but nothing tastes better than classically grilled asparagus.
I love the traditional flavors of butter, parmesan, garlic, and a straight salt and pepper. Today I wanted something more, something different, something that could steal the show a little bit!
Who said side dishes couldn’t be the highlight of the meal? I love making side dishes unique, and the star of our dinners.
This Togashi grilled asparagus is so fantastic and perfect to serve up this summer at your cookouts and barbecues. Your guests will love it, and it takes minimal effort to make.
Do you need something to serve this with? Highly recommend this Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe from The Cookie Rookie!
Togarashi Japanese Spice Blend
If you have not heard of togarashi, you have to try it out! Togarashi is a mixed spice blend that offers that sweet, toasty, and a little heat to your dish. Togarashi is also referred to as Japanese 7 Spice. It is a trendy spice blend that can be used on proteins, side dishes, or to top your ramen, sushi, or favorite slice of pizza.
It offers a really nice complexity to a dish, and it is different than a splash of hot sauce.
Dishes That Togarashi Compliments Well
You can use this spice blend pretty much anywhere. Of course, I love it on asparagus, but this seasoning blend is so versatile.
I love introducing new spices into our meals; it helps transform the food in a new way that makes it help us not to get tired of the same old meals.
The possibilities are truly endless. If you love to venture out on spices, give this one a go. I think you will really enjoy it.
You can find a number of Togarashi recipes on OWYD too. Here are some of my favorites.
- Togarashi Smoked Salmon
- Togarashi Pork Tenderloin
- Grilled Salmon with Togarashi
- Spiralized Togarashi Zucchini
- Spicy Miso Ramen
- Smoked Cornish Hens
What Should I Serve with Togarashi Grilled Asparagus?
I’ve got lots of great options for you in my Traeger Recipe Ideas section, and some of my favorites are my Traeger Grilled Pork Chops, the Traeger Smoked Shrimp, and of course the Traeger Prime Rib Roast.
Tips for Preparing Asparagus For Grilling
Snap off the ends, instead of cutting
You can snap off the ends of asparagus, instead of cutting it. You just hold the asparagus spear with your hands and firmly bring your hands together bending the spear and let it naturally break. It will break where it becomes tough, saving you time guessing where to cut. I learned this years ago, and I have found it to be instrumental in getting rid of the woody part of the asparagus.
What if I can’t grill them right on the grates?
If you have troubles with wide grill grates and don’t want your vegetables directly on the grill, another great tip is to use a broiler pan for grilling. It keeps your asparagus contained, so they don’t slide through the grates but allows some smoke to get through from the bottom.
You can put skewers through the asparagus so that you can easily flip multiple asparagus spears at a time. This only works if you have really thick asparagus though, and I have found it to be more work than it’s worth.
I prefer the aluminum foil or broiler pan, but those are a few different options I find helpful.
1 pound of fresh asparagus will leave you with about 16-20 spears, So this can be a good gauge as to how much fresh asparagus to buy to feed your family or guests. Almost err on the side of making MORE than you think you need though with these grilled asparagus recipes. People really gobble them up!
Hope these tips can help you with your asparagus grilling!
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1-2 tablespoons oil, avocado preferred
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons Togarashi
- Break the ends off the asparagus, and put onto a large sheet pan.
- Drizzle the oil over the asparagus and roll them around on the pan to evenly coat all sides.
- Sprinkle evenly with salt and togarashi.
- Turn your grill up to 400 degrees (or high, if you cannot control so precisely), let it get hot, and then carefully place the asparagus directly on the grates. If your grill doesn't allow for this, place the on a broiler pan and then onto the grill.
- Cook for 5 minutes, or until tender crisp.
- Remove and serve immediately.