These garlic-like, lemon-like grilled asparagus are the perfect foil packing side to make on your next camping trip or barbecue night.

Grilled asparagus in foil over a grill grate

When we cook at a campsite, we can sometimes get a little hyper-focused on our main course that we completely forget to make a side. That’s one of the reasons we love making this foil packet of grilled asparagus! It is so incredibly easy to make, requires very few ingredients and can be ready in virtually no time.

Grilled asparagus can be a little common in itself, which is why we like to simmer it up a bit with salt, garlic, grated parmesan and a little bit of lemon zest.

So if you want to add a quick and easy camping site to your bag of tricks, check out our recipe for grilled asapargus in foil below!

Why we love it:

  • Super simple camping site that gathers in minutes
  • Great way to add a side of your meal without soiling another piece of cookware
  • Make the most of the abundant asparagus season
Asparagus on a cutting board next to other ingredients and boxes of parchment and foil

ingredients

Asparagus: Looking for medium sized asparagus. The small thin ones tend to overcook and the super thick stalks are just a little too fibrous to be enjoyable without peeling them first.

Olive oil: A little goes a long way when cooking in a foil package. Just enough to brush salt and garlic on.

Garlic powder and salt: This is a true power duo that goes well with just about anything.

Lemon: Just a little bit of lemon peel can really make this dish pop. The light acidity does a lot to balance the other salty flavors. If you do not want to peel it, you can just squeeze a little lemon juice over the top at the end.

Parmesan (optional): What does not taste better with a little grated parmesan? Very small. A sprinkle of parmesan not only gives a nice umami taste, but it also makes the asparagus look amazing.

Equipment

Parchment paper: When we make foil packs, we really like to squeeze our food between two layers of baking paper for a few reasons. 1) It prevents sticking. 2) Keeps the aluminum foil clean so that it can be reused or reused. 3) We must not cook directly on untreated aluminum.

Tin foil: Just the ordinary strong aluminum foil has been our go-to for foil packages. Reynolds Wrap makes a grill foil in large format, which can be useful for larger groups.

Cheese grater: A cheese grater with a zester side, or one microplanes if you have one, do a quick job of peeling a little lemon over the top of the asparagus.

Grilled asparagus in a foil package on a fire

How to make foil package grilled asparagus – step by step

The first step will be to get your fire started or preheat your grill to 400F. You want to cook over medium heat, preferably over embers. So take the necessary steps to make sure your campfire is on the right track to suit your desired meal time.

Steps for making grilled asparagus

Then prepare your asparagus. You want to cut the bottom off, but how much depends on how your asparagus looks. You want to get rid of the white, stalked, cool fibrous parts at the bottom – even if it means you take 2 “inches off.

Roll out a piece of aluminum foil and then a slightly smaller piece of baking paper on top. Place the asparagus in an even layer on top of the baking paper. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, sprinkle with salt and garlic powder, then use your hands or a silicone brush to make sure each asparagus stalk is evenly coated.

Steps for making grilled asparagus

Now roll out another piece of baking paper, and then a large piece of aluminum foil. With the asparagus sandwiched between the two layers of parchment paper, you can now begin to shrink or fold the edges of the top and bottom of the aluminum foil to create a sealed foil package.

Place the foil package on the grill grate over your fire. For a nice visual presentation, place the foil package diagonally across the grill grate to get cross-shaded grill marks.

Depending on the heat of your fire, you look at about 6-8 minutes on each side, a total of 12-16 minutes. You can also take them off and peel one side of the package up to see what they look like.

Grilled asparagus in foil on a grill grate

Once the asparagus has taken some grill marks and a little browning, they are ready to come off. Remove the top foil and baking paper layer. You can now add your lemon zest and grated parmesan cheese.

Grilled asparagus on a plate.
Grilled asparagus in foil on a grill grate
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoonful sea ​​salt
  • 1 teaspoonful garlic powder
  • ½ lemon,, tense
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese,, optional

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  • Start your campfire so you have embers to cook with, or preheat a grill to 400F.

  • Cut the cool ends of the asparagus – it can be “to 2” depending on the size.

  • Roll out a large piece of foil, followed by a slightly smaller piece of baking paper (optional).

  • Place the asparagus on top of the foil and baking paper. Make sure the asparagus is only stacked 2 stalks high to promote even cooking.

  • Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and garlic powder. Use your hands or a silicone brush to ensure that the asparagus is evenly coated.

  • Cover with another piece of parchment and foil and shrink the sides to create a sealed package.

  • Place the package on the grill and fry for 6-8 minutes on each side until the asparagus is tender but still has a little crunch.

  • Remove from the grill and gently open the package (there will be plenty of hot steam!). Finish with a little lemon zest and grated parmesan and serve.

Serving: 4portions | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g

* Nutrition is an estimate based on information from a third party nutrition calculator

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