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Sesame and citrus glazed asparagus

I quite like asparagus, it’s relatively easy to cook, and goes with so many different things. One of my favorite brunch dishes is an asparagus frittata. The other night I needed an easy side dish, and had an extra grapefruit and lime, so I came up with this recipe for sesame and citrus glazed asparagus. In addition to a sprinkle of sesame seeds on the final plate, I also use a bit of sesame oil in this dish and a touch of soy sauce to round out the citrus and savory flavor profile.

Now, I cooked the asparagus in an oven set to broil, which gives them a crunchy and chewy texture. If you wanted a softer, less crispy result then cook at a lower temperature, maybe 425 degrees.


1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp grapefruit juice
1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
Lime zest
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Onion powder
Canola oil
Sesame seeds


1. Clean and trim ends off asparagus. You could either cook them whole, or cut in half.

2. Squeeze the juice of a lime and half a grapefruit into a shallow dish. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, the zest of about half a lime, and pinches of black pepper, kosher salt, and onion powder. Whisk.

3. Place asparagus in dish, toss gently, and let marinate for at least half an hour, but no longer than a full hour.

4. Lightly oil the bottom of a baking sheet. Transfer asparagus to the baking sheet, then spoon some of the remaining marinade over it.

5. Set oven to broil, allow to preheat for a few minutes, then place the cookie sheet in the top rack of your oven.

6. While watching closely, let the asparagus cook until it becomes slightly charred (5 to 8 minutes). Carefully mix the asparagus with a large spoon or spatula half way through.

Note, as the citrus cooks in the super hot oven it may smoke a bit. Don’t worry, just because the citrus juice is smoking doesn’t mean you’ve burnt your asparagus.

7. Serve family style topped with sesame seeds.

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