Asparagus is grilled with sumac in a quick and simple side dish for spring. The mild lemon taste of sumac is a great spice to use with asparagus. Enjoy the enhanced flavour of asparagus.
Lemon grilled asparagus is a popular side dish but we don’t always have lemons available. Sumac seemed a great replacement for lemon and does not disappoint in flavour either.
What is sumac?
Sumac is a dried red powder made from the berries of the sumac flower. It is used in Middle Eastern cooking and found in the Za’atar spice blend. Rich in antioxidants sumac may also help lower cholesterol levels and stabilize blood sugar levels.
How to grill asparagus
First of all, select the freshest asparagus you can find. The stems need to be firm and bright green with closed tips. Avoid any asparagus that looks slightly wilted.
The thickness of the asparagus stalks will vary the cooking time. I prefer my asparagus chunky! It's also easier to cook on a BBQ without it falling through the grill.
I prefer to snap the ends of the stalks rather than cutting them. Take a stalk in both hands and snap off the bottom. It should break naturally where it's softer.
For this grilled asparagus recipe I used a griddle pan. The charred cooked lines give the vegetable extra flavour.
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Recipe Tips & Suggestions
If you don't want to grill the asparagus, roast it for 7 to 10 minutes, or until tender but still crisp.
If you don’t have sumac, replace it with lemon zest and a dash of paprika.
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Roasted Asparagus with Sumac
- 1 pound asparagus about 15 large spears
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sumac
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus.
- In a bowl, toss the asparagus with the olive oil, sumac, salt and pepper.
- Heat a griddle pan on a high heat. Place the asparagus on the pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning over for an even grill.
- Serve immediately.