4 rafts (serving size: 1 asparagus raft)

Pinning asparagus spears together with skewers makes it easier to flip them and grill evenly on both sides. Make sure to remove skewers before serving to younger children.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to high heat.

Step 2

Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Line up 4 asparagus spears, touching each other, on a flat surface. Thread 2 (3-inch) skewers or wooden picks horizontally through spears 1 to 1 1/2 inches from each end to form a raft. Repeat procedure with remaining asparagus spears.

Step 3

Combine soy sauce, oil, and garlic, stirring with a whisk; brush evenly over rafts. Place rafts on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 3 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds, pepper, and salt.

Step 4


Step 5

Young Chefs can:

Step 6

Count out and line up 4 asparagus spears

Step 7

Sprinkle grilled rafts with sesame seeds

Step 8


Step 9

Older Chefs can:

Step 10

Carefully thread asparagus onto skewers

Step 11

Brush rafts with soy sauce mixture before grilling

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

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