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Sesame grilled asparagus rafts

Sesame grilled asparagus rafts

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Griddling or barbecuing asparagus individually can be fiddly, but it’s much easier cooking them like this – plus it looks impressive

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition per serve

  • kcalories99
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.68g
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Ingredients

  • 16-20 asparagus spears, about 500g/1lb 2oz

    Asparagus

    a-spa-ra-gus

    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

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Method

  1. With one hand, hold an asparagus stalk at its base. Bend the stalk over with your other hand – the asparagus will break where the woody part ends and the tender part begins. Discard the base. Place 4 or 5 asparagus stalks next to one another. Skewer them crosswise in two places – just below the tips and 3cm from the bottom – with slender bamboo skewers. You will end up with something that looks like a raft.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic and sesame seeds and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of pepper.

  3. Grill the asparagus on a barbecue or in a griddle pan for 4-5 mins per side, turning with tongs. Sprinkle with sesame mix as they grill.

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Comments (3)

Persevero's picture
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The asparagus I used was quite thick and might have benefited from standing the bases in boiling water for 5 minutes before barbecuing, but it was still absolutely delicious.

lulujersey's picture
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Absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection.
Found the spearing of the asparagus a bit of a pest but worth it as easy to just stick on the BBQ.

hanwilson's picture
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Oh my! Super easy, with no need to parboil the asparagus. The flavour is divine! Will definitely be making this again.

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