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 aroma or flavor. I char the planks just enough to add a hint of the wood to whatever I’m cooking. 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. And yes, just a hint of cedar sets these apart from just having grilled them.
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.
I like to cook with cedar on my Weber grills. They last forever.
Cedar Planked Asparagus
- 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.