Grilled Asparagus with Cilantro Lemon Butter Recipe -
Grilled Asparagus with Cilantro Lemon Butter Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Grilled Asparagus with Cilantro Lemon Butter

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"My newfound taste for asparagus has given me something new to create with. Here is one of the first, a great side with any meal!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and place a sheet of aluminum foil on the grate.
  2. While grill is heating, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Drop asparagus spears into boiling water and stir gently; cook until the asparagus are bright green but still crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Drain the asparagus and cool quickly under a stream of cold water.
  5. Place asparagus into a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
  6. Place asparagus onto the foil-lined grill grate and cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Turn spears over several times with tongs.
  7. Transfer grilled asparagus to a serving platter.
  8. Stir cilantro, light butter, fat-free sour cream, and lemon juice together in a bowl; drizzle over asparagus to serve.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Great side for my chipotle burgers! This can also be done on a griddle on the stove.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 21, 2012

I did not grill these--I did roast the asparagus in the oven only because the weather hasn't been great and I could not wait to try these. I did not use light butter, just regular salted butter. I also used reduced fat sour cream because that was what I had on hand. I thought this was fantastic. The drizzle over the top really made the roasted asparagus even better. This has got to be one of the best asparagus recipes I've ever had.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 05, 2012

Cilantro added a nice taste, but found the lemon too strong. Sauce also cooled off asparagus so it didn't remain hot for too long.


17 Ratings

Apr 01, 2012

Best asparagus ever! I skipped the boiling part and just through the asparagus on the grill. Worked great. This sauce is seriously amazing, I was dipping my pork in it too. I added a bit of lemon zest to it too for a more intense lemon flavor. Thanks for the recipe, it'll be used often:)

Mar 11, 2012

YUM:) I love asparagus, cilantro and lemon AND I'm a big fan of grilling veggies so when I saw this recipe I just knew I had to try it and boy am I glad I did! Thanks soo much for sharing:)

May 24, 2012

At first I thought the sauce would be tart, not so. It was very mild, a bit reminiscient of a ranch dressing but a pop of zestiness from the cilantro. The sauce MAKES the asparagus!

Jul 07, 2013

This is much bigger than the fact this is an asparagus side dish recipe. It really is the sauce that is the versatile star of the show! While this was delicious on the asparagus, I can imagine it would be just as good on any number of things - vegetables, potatoes, or any savory dish you'd use sour cream. Fresh, light and creamy with just the right amount of cilantro herbiness. And even with that, I would imagine this would also be very good with the herb(s) of your choice. This unique recipe has many interesting possibilities and variations. (Note: Steaming the asparagus on the grill wrapped in foil is sufficient. The initial step of cooking the asparagus in boiling water isn't necessary)

Mar 25, 2012

I loved this and I don't even like sour cream!

Jun 01, 2013

Super easy! We never ate asparagus but now we are hooked!! We use the sause on potatoes, wraps and anything we can think of!


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  • Calories
  • 97 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 161 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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