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Grilled asparagus with orange butter

Total Time
15 min
10 min
5 min
Orange juice mellows asparagus spears, offering a balanced, summery flavor to this grilling favorite. Look for spears that are all the same thickness, so they'll cook evenly and at the same time. To prepare the spears, tear off the fibrous ends. Fresh orange juice and orange zest add the citrusy flavor to this side dish. Use a citrus grater to lightly grate the orange. For a pretty presentation, serve over orange slices. Use a flat, wide spatula to turn small asparagus spears on the grate. Serve this as a quick and easy side dish to grilled chicken or fish.


Unsalted butter

2 Tbsp, melted

Orange juice

2 Tbsp

Table salt

1 tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground


2 pound(s), thin spears (about 48), trimmed

Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Orange zest

1 Tbsp, finely grated, for garnish


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine butter, juice, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Off heat, coat asparagus with cooking spray; set over direct heat. Grill, covered, turning once, until marked and tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter and brush with butter mixture; garnish with zest.
  5. Serving size: 6 spears