Grilled Nopales

Grilled Nopales

Nopales, aka cactus leaves, are delicious when simply cooked on the grill. They have a mild, grassy flavor similar to asparagus.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat (you should be able to hold your hand about 1 inch over the cooking grate for 3 to 4 seconds before pulling it away from the heat).
  3. Step 3

    Liberally brush each cleaned nopales with oil.
  4. Step 4

    Put them on the hot grill and cook, undisturbed, until grill marks form on 1 side and the nopales wilt, about 4 minutes. Turn them over to cook on the other side and let sit until grill marks form on the other side and the leaf is tender all the way through, about another 4 minutes. Tip: Avoid moving them around as they cook if you want clear grill marks to form.
  5. Step 5

    Remove the cooked nopales from the grill, sprinkle with salt, and serve hot or warm.