Smoky Glazed Asparagus


Chef Nate Appleman of A16 and SPQR restaurants in San Francisco swears by coating vegetables with a mayonnaise-based marinade; it creates a beautifully blistered crust when grilled. Here he offers a marinade for asparagus that is also fabulous on broccoli and fennel.Plus: 20 Smart Tips for Everyday Grilling More Asparagus Recipes

Smoky Glazed Asparagus
Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)

  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 pound thick asparagus (trimmed)


  1. Light a grill. In a shallow dish, whisk the mayonnaise with the oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt and cumin. Add the asparagus and toss; let stand for 30 minutes.

  2. Grill the asparagus over moderately high heat, turning, until tender and blistered in spots, 6 minutes; serve.

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