Asparagus and Grilled Shiitake with Soy Vinaigrette


This early-summer side dish is based on a recipe from Jean-Georges Vongerichten's New York restaurant Perry Street, where the cooks top it with a runny poached egg. At the pig roast, Vongerichten sprinkled the dish with garlicky chive blossoms. More Grilled Vegetable Recipes

Asparagus and Grilled Shiitake with Soy Vinaigrette
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer
Total Time:
45 mins
8 to 10


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds shiitake mushrooms (stemmed)

  • 2 pounds thin asparagus


  1. Light a grill. In a small bowl, mix the 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar and tarragon and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Brush the shiitake with 2 tablespoons of the soy vinaigrette; season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning once, until just tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer the shiitake to a bowl; cut any large shiitake into quarters. Add 4 tablespoons of the soy vinaigrette and toss to coat.

  3. Bring a large skillet of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Add the asparagus to the skillet and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the ice water to cool. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Arrange the asparagus on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the shiitake over the asparagus, drizzle any remaining vinaigrette on top and serve right away.

Make Ahead

The tarragon-soy vinaigrette, grilled shiitake and blanched asparagus can each be refrigerated separately overnight. Reheat the shiitake in a 400° oven for about 4 minutes and bring the asparagus and vinaigrette to room temperature before assembling and serving.

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