I should’ve bought more lemon pepper wing dust from Kosmo’s Q. Sure, I put it on wings. But I’ve found myself using it more and more on grilled vegetables. Like these planked lemon pepper asparagus. You can’t get much easier and you can’t get much more flavorful than this grilled side dish. The plank adds just a slight hint of cedar.
The seasoning adds a serious lemony peppery kick to anything including these planked lemon pepper asparagus. I’m not shy with it because I love it. You might want to start with less and see what you think. You can always add more. The asparagus will take on a great citrusy flavor with a hint of cedar and just the right amount of pepper. Perfect.
Place a cedar plank in water while preparing the asparagus.
Trim the asparagus. I've found the easiest way to do this is to just bend them until they break. They break right at the point where one piece is the woodsy stem part you discard and the other is the yummy edible part.
Fire up your grill for direct cooking, around 400 F.
Gently toss the sprouts with the oil. Just use enough to lightly coat them.
Sprinkle with the Kosmos Q Lemmon Pepper wing dust. How much you add is up to you, but my opinion is more is better.
Transfer the asparagus to the plank.
Transfer to the grill and grill for 20-25 minutes or until the plank is charred and the asparagus is as tender as you prefer and has a little char on them too. I find myself taking the smaller pieces off and sampling them as they cook. Not only are they delicious it also helps me determine when they are done.
Kosmos Q wing dust contains enough salt so you won’t need to add any to the sprouts. You can add freshly ground black pepper if you like.Nutritional values do not include the wing dust.
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.