Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
4 servings (serving size: 1 asparagus raft)

Pinning asparagus spears together with skewers makes them easier to flip and grill evenly on both sides.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare grill to high heat.

Step 2

Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Arrange 4 asparagus spears on a flat surface. Thread 2 (3-inch) skewers or toothpicks horizontally through spears 1 inch from each end to form a raft. Repeat procedure with remaining asparagus spears.

Step 3

Combine soy sauce, oil, and garlic; brush evenly over asparagus rafts. Grill 3 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds, pepper, and salt.

Chef's Notes

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Recipes adapted from Steven Raichlen's books How to Grill (Workman, 2001) and BBQ USA (Workman, 2003)

Ratings & Reviews

So simple and delicious

April 08, 2015
My spring asparagus was skinny, so we cooked this on a grill pan instead of "rafts".   Maybe my skewers were too fat, but the asparagus just split.  That said, I did a trial run a week before Easter .  It was so simple! We made a double batch for the extended family for Easter dinner. No leftovers with several requests for the recipe. This will go into the file!

donnakolb1's Review

August 22, 2013

psfreeman's Review

November 24, 2011
I use an indoor grill and the rafting did make them easier to turn. I liked the soy-based sauce, but will omit the salt next time. Great way to prepare asparagus.

Belladonna714's Review

May 03, 2011
I did not skewer these, but rather cut them up, tossed them in the sauce and grilled in a basket. I served them mixed with brown rice. It was ok but I've certainly had better asparagus simply roasted with Wegmans basting oil and salt & pepper, so I would probably not make this again.

Abbeke's Review

January 21, 2011
I once won a cooking contest at our boat dock with this recipe. I didn't skewer them, just grilled on a flat grill basket.

JeriTex's Review

October 03, 2010
Makes a great recipe for the grill. I've even used in indoors with grilled chicken and it turned out wonderful. Very nice, flavorful recipe. Will make again.

love2cook26's Review

October 04, 2009
I made this recipe even though my wife does not like asparagus. Although, she had more than I have ever seen her eat before. This was very delicious and a definite repeater.

Skirby's Review

July 12, 2009
I am learning to like asparagus and this was an excellent way to learn to love it. Easy to make, defintitely try to use the most tender part. I would make this again. I really don't see why you need to make it into a raft just use a grill pan.

NDCCPA's Review

June 10, 2009
Fabulously good. Nice and crunchy on the outside and delious on the inside. Kids loved it. Added some fresh lemon. Will do again.

bakeursilly's Review

February 17, 2009
this was soo yummy!!