Air Fryer Asparagus

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Searching for a fancier side dish but tired of simply steaming vegetables? Try out this air fryer asparagus recipe!

Made from fresh spears of asparagus, a little oil, and some very simple spices, air-fried asparagus is light and crispy at one end while remaining tender and flavorful throughout!

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Air fryer asparagus – easily one of our favorites!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make asparagus in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so you have the best results!

  • We use avocado oil when we air fry because it has a higher smoke point (it can be heated up to a high temperature without creating smoke). We don’t recommend oils with lower smoke points – like some olive oils – for use in the air fryer.
  • Be sure to trim the tough ends off the asparagus. There’s nothing worse than munching on a yummy asparagus spear and getting to the grainy end that is tough to eat!
  • Thinner, small asparagus will definitely cook faster than asparagus spears with a thicker diameter. Watch your asparagus for the ends to become crispy but not too brown or burnt. This is a good indicator that the asparagus is tender through. When in doubt, pierce it with a fork.

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

Step by Step Instructions

If you would like visuals for how to air fry asparagus, you can follow the recipe step-by-step process photos in this section.

bunch of asparagus with trimmed ends on cutting board
Trim the ends.

First, trim the tough ends of the asparagus.

green asparagus spears in white strainer in sink getting washed
Wash the asparagus.

Next, wash the asparagus and pat it dry really well. You don’t want extra moisture to get into the air fryer.

raw asparagus in silver bowl coated in oil and spices
Season the asparagus.

Add the asparagus as well as the oil, salt, and pepper to a wide mixing bowl and toss until evenly coated.

raw green asparagus in black air fryer tray
Place the asparagus into the air fryer.

Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Evenly spread the asparagus out on the air fryer tray. It should be in one even layer. If your air fryer is very small, you might have to cook it in two batches.

Cook the asparagus for 9-11 minutes until tender and lightly crispy. Shake approximately every 3 minutes.

Since every air fryer is slightly different, your frying time might vary a bit. In our air fryer, the asparagus is usually done after 10 minutes.

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Look at those crispy asparagus ends!

Remove the asparagus from the air fryer and serve it as a side to your main dish.

Storage Tips

When you air fry asparagus, it’s honestly best fresh and we’d not recommend storing it overnight because it can get a little mushy (and honestly a little strong smelling).

However, if you must store leftovers, place them in a sealed container in the fridge. Eat them as soon as you can.

You can reheat the leftovers in the air fryer, oven, or microwave (but the first two options will help to whisk away extra moisture).

What to Serve Air Fryer Asparagus With

With a nice texture and distinct flavor, air fried asparagus makes a perfect veggie side dish.

Like other green vegetables, we like air-fried asparagus with classic, well-rounded dinners that include another side like mashed potatoes or roasted baby potatoes with a nice gravy and meat (like roast pork, lamb, or even duck) or vegetarian alternative (like bean fritters).

Something about asparagus feels a little more “fancy” – but it’s a vegetable that can be enjoyed with most dinner dishes, really!

Related Recipes

For more great air fried vegetable recipes, check out these classics:

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Air Fryer Asparagus

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Air Fryer Asparagus is the perfect green side dish. Made with a bit of oil, and some simple spices, this asparagus ends up with lightly crispy ends and a soft inner texture!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil (see notes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Trim the tougher ends of the asparagus. Then wash it and pat it dry really well since you don't want extra moisture to get into the air fryer.
  2. Add the asparagus as well as the oil, salt, and pepper to a wide mixing bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Evenly spread the asparagus on the air fryer tray. It should be in one even layer. If your air fryer is very small, you might have to cook it in two batches.
  5. Cook the asparagus for 9-11 minutes until tender and lightly crispy. Shake approximately every 3 minutes. Since every air fryer is slightly different, your frying time might vary a bit. In our air fryer, the asparagus is usually done after 10 minutes.

Notes

  • We do not use virgin olive oil in the air fryer due to its low smoke point. Instead, we use avocado oil, sesame oil, or even canola oil.
  • Once again, don't overcrowd the air fryer. If yours is smaller than ours (we have a 6 quart), then you may have to cook this amount of asparagus in two batches.
  • Thinner asparagus is going to need less time to cook than thicker asparagus. In our experience, thinner, smaller asparagus is done after approximately 7 minutes whereas ones with thicker stems need approximately 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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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