Published May 1, 1998.
In search of an asparagus recipe that produced beautifully browned, caramelized asparagus, we found that grilling and broiling work best on thin to medium-thin asparagus—no more than 5/8 inch thick. When we tried spears any thicker, they burned on the surface before they had a chance to cook through. For broiling, keep the pan about 4 inches from the heating element to allow even cooking. For grilling, a medium fire serves best.