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Air Fryer Asparagus

This recipe for Air Fryer Asparagus is a perfect way to learn how to cook asparagus instead of roasting in the oven or steaming to make a easy healthy side dish in under 10 minutes!

air fryer asparagus

🤔Why Make Asparagus In Your Air Fryer?

  • Cooking time for this asparagus is under 10 minutes.
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Whole30 and gluten free!
  • You can customize what you season your asparagus, so there are many flavor variations. 
  • Using your air fryer to cook asparagus will make it roasted and crispy unlike steamed or canned asparagus which can be mushy and flavorless.
  • Cleaning up an air fryer is much easier than cleaning up a roasting pan or a sauce pot if you were to boil or roast it in the oven.
  • Asparagus is budget friendly, especially when it is in season. 

📖How to Make Air Fryer Asparagus

1️⃣ Wash and dry one pound of asparagus and cut off about 2 inches of the stem.

2️⃣ Toss with avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic (or preferred seasoning) until asparagus is fully coated. Add to air fryer basket. 

3️⃣ Cook for 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from air fryer basket and serve hot.

🥓Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Asparagus

The best way to wrap asparagus in bacon for the air fryer is to make an asparagus bundle. 

  1. Take 3-4 asparagus spears and wrap them in 1 piece of bacon.  
  2. Place bacon wrapped asparagus bundles in your air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.  
  3. For extra crispy bacon, pre cook your bacon in the air fryer half way then wrap around asparagus. 

🥑Is Air Fryer Asparagus Keto Friendly?

Air fryer asparagus is great for those following a keto or low carb diet because one cup contains 5 grams of carbohydrates which equates to 2 grams of net carbs. Using a healthy oil to air fry like avocado oil also supports a keto diet. 

For another great asparagus appetizer or side dish, try this prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

🍟Air Fryer Asparagus Fries

You can make breaded asparagus fries in your air fryer with these recipe instructions:

  1. After coating your washed and trimmed with avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder, coat with breadcrumbs. You’ll need about ⅔ cup.
  2. Place breaded asparagus spears in your air fryer basket in an even single layer with a ½ inch of room between each spear. Overcrowding the basket will result in asparagus that is mushy and not crispy, so it may need to be cooked in batches. 
  3. Cook at 400 for 8-10 minutes or until breading becomes brown and crispy.  Serve immediately with dipping sauce like this homemade thousand island dressing

💭For keto asparagus fries, use crushed pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs. 

🧂Ways To Flavor Asparagus

  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Spicy
  • Balsamic
  • Lemon Garlic
  • Italian Seasoned
  • Greek Seasoned
  • Cajun or Creole Seasoned
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
air fryer asparagus

🍽How To Serve Air Fryer Asparagus

Asparagus is a great side dish for any protein or main entree.

FAQ

How do you know if asparagus has gone bad?

Asparagus will let you know if it’s gone bad by having a rotten odor.  It will also begin to become slimy and mushy especially at the tips

What’s the best way to trim asparagus ends?

One tip we learned in culinary school is to grab an asparagus spear at the bottom and see where it snaps off on its own.  This is usually about 1-2 inches from the bottom.  That is how much of each stem you want to cut off.  The stems are often tough and fibrous which are not fun to eat!

Why is Asparagus Healthy?

This is a healthy green vegetable because it is low in calories, low in carbohydrates and contains vitamins and minerals such as folate, vitamin A, C and K. 

Can you smell asparagus in your urine?

Yes! One very odd thing about asparagus is that it will make your pee smell different.  Asparagus contains asparagusic acid with other compounds which causes this to happen even though only a few people can smell it. Super weird! 

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air fryer asparagus

Air Fryer Asparagus

This recipe for Air Fryer Asparagus is a perfect way to learn how to cook asparagus instead of roasting in the oven or steaming to make a easy healthy side dish in under 10 minutes!
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 38kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Asparagus Spears
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Wash and dry one pound of asparagus and cut off about 2 inches of the stem.
  • Toss with avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic (or preferred seasoning) until asparagus is fully coated.
  • Add to air fryer basket. 
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from air fryer basket and serve hot.

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Notes

How do you know if asparagus has gone bad? Asparagus will let you know if it’s gone bad by having a rotten odor.  It will also begin to become slimy and mushy especially at the tips. 
What’s the best way to trim asparagus ends? One tip we learned in culinary school is to grab an asparagus spear at the bottom and see where it snaps off on its own.  This is usually about 1-2 inches from the bottom.  That is how much of each stem you want to cut off.  The stems are often tough and fibrous which are not fun to eat!

Bacon Wrapped Air Fryer Asparagus

The best way to wrap asparagus in bacon for the air fryer is to make an asparagus bundle. 
  1. Take 3-4 asparagus spears and wrap them in 1 piece of bacon.  
  2. Place bacon wrapped asparagus bundles in your air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.  
  3. For extra crispy bacon, pre cook your bacon in the air fryer half way then wrap around asparagus. 

Asparagus Fries Recipe

You can make breaded asparagus fries in your air fryer with these recipe instructions:
  • After coating your washed and trimmed with avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder, coat with breadcrumbs. You’ll need about ⅔ cup.
  • Place breaded asparagus spears in your air fryer basket in an even single layer with a ½ inch of room between each spear. Overcrowding the basket will result in asparagus that is mushy and not crispy, so it may need to be cooked in batches. 
  • Cook at 400 for 8-10 minutes or until breading becomes brown and crispy.  Serve immediately with dipping sauce like this homemade thousand island dressing

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 205mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

 

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