Air Fryer Asparagus Fries

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Looking for a tasty breaded “fry” that makes a nice appetizer or side dish? Air fryer asparagus fries are for you!

Easy to make from freshly breaded asparagus stalks, these fries are perfectly crispy and dippable for all kinds of fun!

breaded asparagus fries on white plate with ketchup behind
Air fryer asparagus fries are so good!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make asparagus fries in the air fryer, be sure to read through these few recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • When you choose asparagus, try to get the spears roughly the same size/thickness so that they cook evenly in the air fryer.
  • We use unseasoned Italian breadcrumbs for making asparagus fries, but you can also use panko breadcrumbs or half-and-half if you prefer the texture or flavor.
  • When you choose containers/bowls for the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, be sure that they can all fit a whole stalk of asparagus.
  • We use avocado oil spray to coat both sides of the breaded fries. You don’t have to use a spray because the fries will turns out tasty without it – but it’ll definitely help to brown and crisp the fries overall.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the full details on how to make breaded asparagus fries in the air fryer, you can check out the recipe instructions with process photos in this section.

This way, you can follow along and see just how we made ours.

If you just want the instructions without visuals, you can scroll to the bottom of this post for the recipe card.

green asparagus with ends trimmed on wooden cutting board on counter
Break the ends off the asparagus spears.

First, wash the asparagus and then pat the spears dry.

Trim the bottom ends by cutting approximately 1 inch off or by breaking the end where the stalk naturally snaps.

dishes with egg breadcrumbs and flour for breading asparagus on white counter
Prepare the bredding station.

Now, prepare the breading station.

Place flour in one bowl, whisked egg in the second, and breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and parmesan cheese in the third bowl or container.

Mix the breading blend until it’s all uniform. Be sure to choose bowls or dishes that will fit an asparagus stalk whole.

asparagus stalk in container of flour on white counter
Coat the asparagus spears in flour.

One by one, roll the asparagus spears in flour, …

asparagus stalk in container of beaten egg on countertop
Then coat them in egg.

…then in egg.

asparagus stalk laying in container of breadcrumbs on white counter
Then coat the asparagus spears in the breadcrumb mixture.

Let the excess egg drip off, then roll the stalks in breadcrumbs until fully coated.

one stalk of breaded asparagus on grey plate on counter
Place the breaded asparagus spears onto a plate.

Next, place the breaded stalk on a plate. Repeat the steps until all asparagus stalks are breaded.

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Spray the asparagus with avocado oil.

At this time, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray half the asparagus stalks with avocado oil, then place them in the preheated air fryer leaving some room between.

stalks of breaded asparagus in black air fryer tray on white counter
Place the breaded asparagus into the air fryer.

Be sure not to overcrowd the tray! You’ll probably have to cook the asparagus spears in two batches unless your air fryer is very big.

cooked breaded asparagus stalks in black air fryer tray on counter
Cook the asparagus until tender and crispy.

Cook the breaded asparagus stalks for 5 minutes, then gently flip them. You can spray them again with oil spray.

Then cook the breaded asparagus for another 3-5 minutes until the asparagus is tender and the breading is crispy (total cooking time: 8-10 minutes).

Your exact cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus stalks and your air fryer.

breaded asparagus fries on white plate with ketchup and parsley behind
These breaded asparagus fries are ready for dipping!

When done, remove the cooked asparagus from the air fryer tray. Then spray the second batch with oil spray and place them into the air fryer to cook.

When all the stalks are cooked, serve them with a dipping sauce as an appetizer or as a side dish!

Storage Tips

Since these air-fried asparagus fries are best when enjoyed hot and fresh, we don’t recommend having any leftovers (if you can help it).

If you do have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. However, don’t expect the breading to stay crispy.

Properly stored, the breaded asparagus should last for up to three days.

You can reheat the asparagus fries in the air fryer for your best chance at drawing out some of the excess moisture.

Related Recipes

If you liked this recipe for different “fries”, check out these other really yummy fry recipes that make great snacks or appetizers:

breaded asparagus fries on white plate with ketchup and parsley behind

Air Fryer Asparagus Fries

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Air Fryer Asparagus Fries are totally delicious. Made from fresh asparagus breaded in a blend of breadcrumbs and parmesan, these fries make a nice dippable appetizer or side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, unseasoned
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • avocado oil spray

Instructions

  1. Wash the asparagus and then pat the spears dry. Trim the bottom ends by cutting 1 inch off or by breaking the end where the stalk naturally snaps.
  2. Now, prepare the breading station. Place flour in one bowl, whisked egg in the second, and breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and parmesan cheese in the third bowl or container. Mix the breading blend until it's all uniform. Be sure to choose bowls or dishes that will fit an asparagus stalk whole.
  3. One by one, roll the asparagus spears in flour, then in egg. Let the excess egg drip off, then roll the stalks in breadcrumbs until fully coated. Next, place the breaded stalk on a plate. Repeat the steps until all asparagus stalks are breaded.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Spray half the asparagus stalks with avocado oil, then place them in the preheated air fryer leaving some room between. Be sure not to overcrowd the tray! You'll probably have to cook the asparagus spears in two batches unless your air fryer is very big.
  6. Cook the breaded asparagus stalks for 5 minutes, then gently flip them. You can spray them again with oil spray. Then cook the breaded asparagus for another 3-5 minutes until the asparagus is tender and the breading is crispy (total cooking time: 8-10 minutes). Your exact cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus stalks and your air fryer.
  7. When done, remove the cooked asparagus from the air fryer tray. Then spray the second batch with oil spray and place them into the air fryer to cook.
  8. When all the stalks are cooked, serve them with a dipping sauce as an appetizer or as a side dish!

Notes

  • Try using asparagus spears with a similar thickness so that they will be done cooking at the same time.
  • We recommend spraying the asparagus fries with some oil spray so that they can get crispy but it is not absolutely required (they will still taste good if you don't spray them).
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 481mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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