Asian Marinated Asparagus

SERVES: 5 | PREP TIME: 1 to 4 hours | COOK TIME: 25 minutes


¼ cup (50 grams) coconut oil, melted

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

1 tablespoon organic honey

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

1 pinch plus ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided

pinch of freshly ground black pepper

25 thin asparagus stalks (about 1 pound/455 grams), ends trimmed

5 slices bacon

2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, coconut aminos, honey, cayenne pepper, garlic and onion powders, a pinch of the salt, and the pepper. Place the asparagus stalks and marinade in a large resealable bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but no more than 4 hours.
  3. Bundle 5 asparagus stalks together, wrap them with a slice of bacon, and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining asparagus and bacon. Sprinkle the bundles evenly with the sesame seeds and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm.