I am a huge fan of cooking on cedar planks. From sides to main dishes to desserts, I love the flavor and aroma of cedar. I don’t go crazy with the cedar. I char it just enough to add a hint of the wood. It adds something different to grilled foods. Like these cedar planked asparagus. Easy as can be to make, they come out crisp-tender (or, to your liking) with a great fresh asparagus flavor.
You can easily change the flavor of your cedar planked asparagus by changing the seasonings or using infused olive oil instead. I sometimes like to add a good pinch of red pepper flake for a bit of heat. Lemon-infused oil adds a great citrus flavor. A few roasted pecans or walnuts add crunch and well, nuttiness. You can’t mess these up. Just don’t overcook them.
Cedar Planked Asparagus
- 1 pound asparagus
- 3 tablespoons olive oil use flavor-infused oil if you wish
- 1 fresh lemon thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
- Parmesan cheese shaved, for topping
- Soak cedar plank in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Meanwhile bend asparagus stem until it breaks. This will remove the fibrous part.
- Toss the asparagus with lemon slices, oil, pepper and salt.
- Transfer plank to the grill over medium heat and top with the asparagus. Grill 20-30 minutes or until the asparagus is the desired tenderness.
- Serve with shaved Parmesan and sprinkled with more salt and pepper, to taste.
Nutritional values are approximate.