Grilled Asparagus, Pan-Fried Quail Egg and Soy

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  • Serves —


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      10 min

Appears in
Masu: Fresh, contemporary, accessible Japanese for the home cook

By Nic Watt

Published 2016

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There are so many ways to serve the humble asparagus, but if you look through the various cuisines you will often find it paired with egg. Here we use a quail egg, and soy sauce to add umami.


  • 1 bunch green asparagus
  • olive oil
  • 1 quail egg
  • 3


Heat the barbecue to hot.

It is really important to look after your asparagus; handle it gently or you will bruise it. Start by trimming the spikes off the spears back up to the head. Cut all the spears to one even length.

Blanch the asparagus for about 1½ minutes in a saucepan of salted boiling water. Remove and refresh in iced water until cool.

Rub the spears with oliv