We make this Traeger asparagus at least once a week. It’s super fast and easy, and it makes the perfect 10-minute side for any summer meal. We coat it in parmesan cheese and the perfect mix of seasonings and then grill it to perfection.
Why We Love This Recipe
- It’s fast: This recipe only takes about 10 minutes start to finish. Our Traeger cooks it to perfection so quickly, but you can use any pellet grill or even a gas/charcoal grill.
- It’s delicious: This asparagus is seriously so good you’ll forget you’re eating a vegetable. Even our 11-month-old loves it.
- It’s versatile: Most of what’s needed for this asparagus is stuff we already have in our pantry. If you’re missing an ingredient, don’t sweat it. Just leave it out or swap it for something else.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Asparagus: Prior to seasoning and cooking the asparagus, you’ll want to trim the woody ends off.
Grated Parmesan: We use fresh grated parmesan, but you can buy it pre-grated if you prefer. Just buy the good stuff in the refrigerated section, not the cylindrical shelf-stable containers—it’s so much better.
Assorted Seasonings: We put several different seasonings on our asparagus, most of which are already in our pantry. If you’re missing something, don’t worry—just use extra of the others or sub in something else. You really can’t mess this up.
See recipe card for full ingredient list and amounts.
Step 1: Preheat your Traeger or pellet grill to 400°F.
Step 2: Trim the woody ends off the bottom of your asparagus (the bottom inch or so). Then place it on a sheet pan or in a large mixing bowl, and add the oil, parmesan, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and ground cayenne. Mix until the asparagus is evenly coated.
Step 3: Put the asparagus directly onto the grill and cook, undisturbed, for 5-7 minutes, or until tender. It should still be slightly crunchy but easy to bite into.
- Don’t overcook the asparagus. It really only takes about 5 minutes and overcooking it will quickly take this side dish from delicious to floppy and disgusting.
- Don’t skimp on the seasonings. It seems like a lot, but they make this asparagus so tasty and flavorful.
- Eat this asparagus while it’s still fresh. Asparagus doesn’t heat up well and usually ends up soggy.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Follow the same instructions.
We don’t really recommend trying to reheat this asparagus. It’s best enjoyed fresh.
Cook it directly on the grill grates for about 5-7 minutes, or until tender. It should still be slightly crunchy but easy to bite into.
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