First a little admission. Until I read up on it I had no idea what broiled asparagus was! If that’s got you worried about reading my advice let me put your mind at rest. We Brits have grills in our kitchens and BBQ’s in our gardens. We might sometimes refer to the BBQ as a grill but I’ve never thought of grilling in the kitchen as broiling….. got you confused?!
Our page on grilling asparagus covers both options as it was written before I had even heard of broiling.
My research on broiling led me to an article which pointed out a major difference between grilling and broiling. This was that you don’t mind too much when the outdoor grill or BBQ smokes but if you are broiling you don’t really want your kitchen full of smoke. In order to keep any smoking to a minimum (and to prevent the smoke alarm going into overdrive) use as little fat as possible and keep a close eye on your asparagus as they cook.
Another point made about broiling that would never have crossed my mind was to keep the oven door open when broiling. I would never ever close the door whilst broiling but many UK ovens have special grills which are designed to operate with the door left open. This ensures that any steam escapes and stops the food from “stewing” or “steaming”. If your oven allows the door to be close DON'T, leave it open even if only a little.
Do take a look at the page on grilling asparagus for a few tricks of the trade. When you’ve done that and tried basic broiled asparagus come back here for this broiled asparagus recipe:
NoteYou can let the spears cool and enjoy them cold with a salad, on their own, with a dip or as part of a packed lunch. You will find they have a lovely taste however you eat them.
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