Broiled Asparagus with Cotija Cheese

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Broiled Asparagus with Cotija Cheese

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
This recipe appears in: The Food Lab: All About Asparagus


  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and peeled (if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated or shredded


  1. 1

    Preheat broiler to high. Arrange asparagus in a single layer in a foil-lined broiler pan or rimmed baking-sheet. Drizzle with oil and shake to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 2-inches from element until tender and well charred, about 8 minutes total, shaking occasionally, and sprinkling with cheese 1 minute before finished. Serve immediately.

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