Soy-Glazed Asparagus Bundles

Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Renée Drexler/The Props Image by: Maya Visnyei

Threading the asparagus onto toothpicks makes for easy flipping on the grill. 

  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil , divided
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 bunches asparagus (about 900 g/60 spears total), trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 green onions , chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts (optional)

Method

Soak 40 toothpicks in water for 30 minutes; drain.

Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat 1 tsp of the sesame oil over medium heat; cook garlic and hot pepper flakes (if using) until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce and vinegar; bring to boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 tsp sesame oil and 2 tbsp water.

Preheat grill to medium-high. On work surface, lay 3 evenly sized asparagus spears side by side. Thread 1 soaked toothpick through bottom third of spears; repeat with top third. Repeat with remaining asparagus and tooth­picks. Brush with canola oil.

Place on grill; close lid and grill, flipping once, until slightly tender and charred, about 4 minutes. Transfer to serving platter. Drizzle with glaze; sprinkle with green onions and peanuts (if using).

Test Kitchen Tip: Choose thick, evenly sized asparagus spears for a uniform cook and presentation.

Makes 10 servings (about 20 bundles total).

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 284 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 66
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Potassium 216
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 10 g

%RDI

  • Iron 7
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 58
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9
  • Vitamin C 12
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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