Grilled Sesame Asparagus


1 pound (500 grams) asparagus
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 jalapeno, finely minced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Have your fire ready, the prep on this recipe doesn't take much time. Snap the bottom off of each stalk of asparagus where it breaks naturally. Mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and minced jalapeno in a bowl. (Now wash your hands! You must always wash your hands after handling hot peppers, or the next time you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you'll be sorry.) Put the sesame seeds in a small, dry skillet and shake them over a medium-high flame until they start to make little popping sounds. Turn off the burner (and if you have an electric stove, remove the pan from the heat). Okay, throw your asparagus on the grill, over a medium fire-it's a good idea to have a small-holed grill for this. Baste the asparagus with the soy sauce mixture as it grills and turn the asparagus a few times. Grill until the asparagus has brown spots, then remove to serving plates. Drizzle with the remaining soy sauce mixture, garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and serve.

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