Sesame grilled asparagus rafts

Sesame grilled asparagus rafts

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


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

  • kcal99
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.68g


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



    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 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


  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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8th Jun, 2016
Delicious! This has become a staple at our BBQs. Would definitely recommend using the thinnest skewers you can find - used the thicker, stubbier bamboo skewers (used for yakitori etc) and they ended up splintering the asparagus stalks. Have since invested in a wee BBQ frying pan and it makes grilling asparagus a breeze!
22nd Jun, 2014
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.
9th Jun, 2013
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.
15th Feb, 2013
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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