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Nopales Asados (or Grilled Cactus) … Mmm!
There’s always someone who is on a diet. You know, that one person who can’t eat anything at the BBQ.
This is an easy side dish that everyone can eat. Not only that, but when grilled, the cactus pick up a yummy, smokey flavor that is DELICIOUS!
Serve as is or put it into a salad. It’s sure to be a hit at your next backyard cookout.
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How to Remove the Thorns:
- Hold by the end of the cactus and bend.
- Remove the thorns using a knife. Repeat this on the opposite side.
- Cut around the cactus and cut off the tough end.
Cactus paddles are also sold without the thorns. Hallelujah! Make life easier for yourself and buy those!
This step is for those who can’t find the kind without thorns or maybe are growing them in their backyard. It’s a big pain but relatively easy once you get the hang of it.
Do this in the sink for easy clean up. It’s ok if when removing the thorn, there is a wedge where the thorn used to be.
- Wash and rinse the cactus.
- Pat them dry with a paper towel.
Check the cactus paddle for any leftover thorns. If you spot one, you can carefully remove with your fingers.
Once the cactus is cut, it starts releasing slime. Rinse well and cook within days of cutting.
- Brush oil on both sides of the cactus.
Any oil is fine – corn oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil.
Grilling is one way, but you can also saute in a skillet.
- Sprinkle with salt.
You can also use garlic salt or a combination of salt and garlic powder.
Please note that salt is optional and can be added once cooked.
If adding to a salad, you can skip this step and add salt to the dressing.
- Heat grill.
- Place the nopales on the grill.
Don’t go far. This will only take a few minutes before turning.
For the Grill Master: By placing the nopales on the top rack of the grill, they will require more time.
More Mexican Grilled Side Dishes:
- Turn the nopales.
- Grill for 5 more minutes.
Remove them from the grill. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Great Idea:Add cheese like Monterey Jack, Chihuahua, or Mozzarella 2 minutes before removing from the grill. The melted cheese is something to savor and enjoy!
How Long Do They Last?
Once cooked, wrap them up in plastic wrap and place in the fridge. They will last up to 3 days in the fridge.
Nopales Asados (Grilled Cactus) is a delicious and easy side dish. Ready in minutes and sure to please everyone at your next BBQ.
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- Heat the grill to 400 degrees F.
- Meanwhile rinse and pat dry the cactus paddles.
- Brush with the olive oil on both sides.
- Sprinkle with salt on both sides.
- Place on the grill and cook for 5 minutes.
- Turn and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- If using the top rack of the grill, the cactus will need more time to cook.