How To Cook Asparagus In An Air Fryer? Exotic Asparagus Recipes Anyone Can Make

Author: Chester P. Rector
March 2, 2021

Just Imagine A plate of Smokey, crunchy yet tender from inside, exploding with all the lovely flavors inside your mouth.

I bet you cannot endure yourself to taste something like this.

Hello to all my asparagus lovers.

Eating healthy is not just a trend; it's about eating better & feel better. If you want to drive into the healthy approach, an air fryer is unbeatable.

A true lifesaver!

And guess what? Cooking asparagus in the air fryer is not so hard, and it will take only the time to a blink of your eyes.

But How to cook asparagus in an air fryer?

Today I will share a lovely and brown, full of flavors yet nutritious appetizer with you. Let's get started.

Before starting the art of cooking asparagus, here is what you need for these Easy asparagus recipes.

  • Collect all the ingredients together.
  • Be a little bit organized.
  • Collect asparagus at first. If you are already growing this herb in your garden, then congratulations.

If you don't have the asparagus at home, no problem, almost all of us purchase asparagus from nearby local stores.

When buying, keep in mind one thing...

Try to choose younger, tender, and smaller asparagus; those are even in size. That will make the savor more unique.

Want to know a lifesaving hack?

If you want to keep asparagus fresh for a long time, either cover them only with plastic wrap or put the bottom in a few inches of water, then wrap it. Now put them in the refrigerator.

Quick question: Why air fryer?

From my own experience, I notice it's the Best way to cook asparagus inside.


Now, time to gather the spices.

  • Regular salt or kosher salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil or regular vegetable oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Dried oregano leaves (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Cooking process

Step 1: Prepare the asparagus

Now, first of all, prepare the asparagus by cutting the ends of them.

How do you cook raw asparagus?

You will see a hard woody part. That is not fryable. Use a knife to cut the slice out. Or you can utilize your hand instead. Hold the asparagus from the middle with two hands and bend it. It will break the woody part easily.

What next?

Now wash them very well with water and dry them using a soft kitchen tissue.

Wait, wait, wait...

Don't through the woody parts you have cut just now. You can use them later when making cream or soup. That's the secret sauce of extra flavor to the dish. Keep them.

Step 2: Seasoning

Get all your favorite seasonings.

First, add a fair amount of extra virgin olive oil. Not too much, not too less. Remember, we are not deep frying the asparagus. We are using an air fryer. Take the amount needed to coat them.

No olive oil at home?

No worry, you can use regular vegetable oil easily. Use your hands or a silicone kitchen brush will be better to brush the asparagus well.

Now, add salt or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

If you like the flavor of garlic, add some garlic powder. You can add some oregano leaves as well. Just use your favorite seasonings. It's totally up to you. I love the fantastic taste of garlic and oregano, so I add this to my herbs.

Wanna know a secret?

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and see the magic.

Now mix or toss all the ingredients together very well. The real taste depends on how well you mix the seasoning. So, it's better to take at least nearly one minute to toss the asparagus and the seasoning.

Now, you are ready to fry the beautifully seasoned asparagus in the air fryer.

Step 3: air frying asparagus

Before laying the asparagus, it is better to preheat your air fryer at 400 degrees for 1 to 2 minutes. Now, you can pour the asparagus into the basket in two ways.

  • Spray or oil brush the basket with a silicon kitchen brush. Put the seasoned asparagus evenly in a single layer. There are different sizes of an air fryer. In a small one, you can pour 8 to 10 asparagus spears. In a larger one, 16 to 20 spears can be cooked at a time.
  • Another way is to use foil paper. If you want to cook all the spears at a time, first put an aluminum foil paper at the bottom of the basket. Now, pour all the asparagus in it. It's time to put them in the air fryer. Wait for 6 to 7 minutes until your dish is cooked well.
  • When the time is up, get the basket out. Serve them in a dish. Look at the beautifully nice and brown texture.
  • Do you get the smell of the smokey and well-seasoned roasted flavor?
  • It's mouthwatering.
  • Wait, try with a little more lemon juice if you like a more acidic taste and flavor. Or, skip it, your choice, of course.

Remember, I have told you to choose tender spears?

If the spears were uneven in size and not younger, you wouldn't feel this amazingly delicious taste, one would be overcooked, and another would not be cooked at all.

Alternative ways to cook asparagus in an air fryer

Asparagus can be eaten raw, boiled, fried, roasted, or sauteed. But, I am telling you, don't boil asparagus. You wouldn't like the slimy texture.

Can I cook frozen asparagus in air fryer?

Yes, but always try to take fresh veggies. Wait, as I am showing you to fry asparagus in an air fryer, let's see how to fry them differently.

1. Bacon-wrapped asparagus (asparagus in air fryer keto)

Do you love bacon?

Then air fryer asparagus bacon will be your favorite dish from now on.

So how to cook asparagus wrapped in bacon in an air fryer? Trust me,it's super easy and fun to make.  The ingredients are already in your kitchen.

  • Asparagus
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Bacon strips
  • Parmesan cheese(optional)

Cooking procedure

  • First of all, season the washed and pat dried asparagus with salt, olive oil, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Now take a thin bacon stripe, season this as well with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Wrap 3 or 4 spears of asparagus with bacon in the middle to hold them together.
  • Now, put the wrapped asparagus spears in the air fryer basket. Remember to brush or spray oil before frying them.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes, and you are done!
  • Serve the delicious bacon-wrapped asparagus on a serving plate.

2. Crusted asparagus

That is also very easy to cook. You will need the following ingredients.

  • Asparagus
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumb
  • Garlic powder(optional)
  • Smoked paprika(optional)
  • Parmesan cheese(optional)

Cooking procedure

  • Take four bowls. Pour one with all-purpose flour. Add a little bit of salt. We will use salts with eggs. So, remember not to add a lot here. Add smoked paprika and garlic powder as well. Mix the ingredients.
  • Get hold of one or two eggs as per the amount of the asparagus spears you have taken. Add salts to taste and some freshly ground black pepper. Now beat the egg well and set it aside.
  • In the third bowl, take Breadcrumbs. Add a handful of parmesan cheese with it and mix them. Leave the 4rth bowl aside, and you will need this after some time.
  • Now, get the washed and pat dried asparagus. First, give the spears an egg wash. Then provide an even coat of flour and again an egg wash. Now get a nice coat of breadcrumbs.
  • Put the coated spears in the 4th bowl you have left aside.
  • When you are done with coating, spray or brush a fair amount of oil in the air fryer basket. Now put the spears inside the basket and fry them in 400-degree temperatures for 6 to 7 minutes.
  • After 7 minutes, serve them with some of your favorite sauce or eat them like this. The outside is crunchier and tender from the inside. Feel the explosion of the flavors inside your mouth, closing the eyes.

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Final verdict

See how easy to make sauteed asparagus recipes?

All you need to do is make ready the asparagus spears with proper seasoning and excellent mixing and then fry them in an air fryer.

How long to cook asparagus in an air fryer?

All the recipes will not take you more than 10 to 15 minutes. They will take less. 5 minutes to wash and prepare the spares. Then less than 10 minutes to cook them in the air fryer.

These dishes will be amazingly perfect for serving as a side dish or appetizer with your main dinner.

So, go and give it a try.

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