Air Fryer Asparagus

Make air fryer asparagus in under 10 minutes with this simple recipe! The end result is crisp and tender asparagus that makes for a perfect healthy side dish with just about any entree.

I’m seriously hooked on using my air fryer for as many recipes as possible… potatoes, eggs, chicken, salmon… you name it! I just love how things turn out when you air fry, especially veggies. And air fryer asparagus is no exception!

The asparagus cooks up in under 10 minutes and comes out crispy and tender. It’s seriously addicting, I could easily eat the whole batch to myself (and may or may not have already done that!)

A plate with asparagus and lemon wedges topped with cheese and red pepper flakes.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s super simple! Toss your asparagus in some oil and spices and let the air fryer do the rest!
  • You can pair it with just about any main entree as a side, but also makes for a healthy snack!
  • You’ll end up with crispy and deliciously addicting asparagus.
  • Asparagus is low-carb and low in calories making it a great for volume eaters.

Asparagus Nutrition Facts

Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food, meaning it packs a lot of nutrients and not a lot of calories. 1 cup of asparagus is only 20 calories so it’s a wonderful vegetable for volume eating.

It’s also loaded with fiber and has a lot of great vitamins and minerals – the most notable being folate, a nutrient that is essential for a healthy pregnancy, as well as, vitamin A, C and vitamin K, an essential nutrient for blood clotting and bone health.

Ingredients measured out to make air fryer asparagus: asparagus, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and olive oil.

Ingredients Needed

  • asparagus – 1 bunch of fresh asparagus. Look for spears that are straight, firm to the touch, and have a rich color with a small amount of white at the bottom. Avoid stalks that appear soft, wilted or are faded in color.
  • olive oil – avocado oil would also work.
  • seasonings – garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • parmesan – I love sprinkling fresh parmesan cheese on top to add a little flavor and I love the crunchiness it adds once it cooks up. If you need this recipe to be vegan or dairy-free simply skip the cheese!
  • lemon – a squeeze of fresh lemon adds beautiful acidity to the overall dish but it’s optional and delicious without it!
Collage of four photos: cutting off the ends of asparagus, seasoning the asparagus and then air frying the asparagus.

How to Make Air Fryer Asparagus

This air fryer asparagus recipe is so, so simple! Start by washing and trimming the asparagus to remove the woody ends. Add spears to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat, then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.

Preheat air fryer if required. Add asparagus to the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 400°F for 7-8 minutes.

Serve asparagus immediately with a slice of lemon and additional parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper on top, if desired.

note! The cook time will depend on how thick your asparagus is, so watch it carefully! The thinner the asparagus the quicker it'll cook up. 
A plate with air fryer asparagus topped with extra cheese, red pepper flakes and a lemon wedge.

Variations

I love these asparagus just as they are, but here are a few ideas to switch up the flavors:

  • Spicy – add some red pepper flakes or Sriracha for a touch of spice!
  • Sweet + spicy – go for a sweet and spicy combo by drizzling with honey (or maple syrup) and sprinkling with red pepper flakes.
  • Sesame – give your asparagus an Asian flare and add soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos and sesame seeds.
  • Bacon bits – make some tempeh bacon or coconut bacon (or the real deal!), chop into small pieces and top your aspaaragus with bacon ‘bits’ for some umami flavor!
  • Balsamic vinegar – Simply drizzle some balsamic vinegar for an extra boost of flavor.
A plate with asparagus.

Air Fryer FAQ

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

That depends on your air fryer! Some recommend preheating and others do not require it. Check your owners’ manual to see what they recommend. If you don’t have a preheat setting, just set your air fryer to the required temperature about 3 minutes before adding your food.

How much can I put into my air fryer?

It depends on the size of your basket. You’ll want to make sure you don’t overcrowd the basket or your asparagus will not get crispy. If you want to make a bigger batch of asparagus you may need to cook in batches. I was able to do this full recipe at one time in my 4-quart air fryer, but I wouldn’t be able to fit more without overcrowding it.

Can I use aerosol spray on my air fryer?

I do not recommend spraying aerosol spray directly on your air fryer! Like most non-stick items, it’s best to avoid sprays like Pam as it can mess with the finish. You can however use an oil mister or non aerosol sprays. I really like the Chosen Foods avocado oil spray.

Can I reheat cooked asparagus?

Yes! To reheat, warm asparagus in the air fryer at 350ºF for 2-3 minutes until warm throughout and crisp.

What is the best way to trim asparagus?

Asparagus tastes the best when the white part of the stalk has been trimmed off. You may or may not know this trick, but hold the asparagus spear in your two hands and bend it near the base. The spear will snap off where the woody part of the stalk ends and the edible stem begins. Alternatively, you can use a knife to cut off the end.

How long does it take to roast asparagus?

If you are roasting asparagus in the oven it will take about 12-15 minutes at 425°F, but if you’re cooking asparagus in the air fryer it’ll cook up in only 7-8 minutes! If you are looking for a recipe on how to make asparagus in the oven I do have a roasted asparagus recipe that you can check out.

A plate with asparagus and some lemon wedges. The asparagus is topped with cheese and red pepper flakes.

How to Serve Air Fryer Asparagus

This air fryer asparagus can be served in a variety of different ways! Here are some serving suggestions:

How to Store And Reheat

Chances are you won’t have any leftovers to store! But if you do, you can put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Be aware that they will lose their crispiness and might become soggy. To reheat, warm them in the air fryer at 350ºF for 2-3 minutes until warm throughout and crisp.

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Air Fryer Asparagus

5 from 3 votes
Make air fryer asparagus in under 10 minutes with this simple recipe! The end result is crisp and tender asparagus that makes for a perfect healthy side dish with just about any entree.
A plate with asparagus and lemon wedges topped with cheese and red pepper flakes.
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Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 7minutes
Total Time 12minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1bunchfresh asparagus, 1 lb
  • 2teaspoonsolive oil
  • ½teaspoongarlic powder
  • ½teaspoonsea salt
  • ¼teaspoonground pepper
  • 3Tablespoonsshredded parmesan cheese
  • Toppings: lemon, crushed red pepper, additional parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Wash asparagus and break or chop off the tough ends.
    Asparagus spears on a cutting board with the bottoms removed.
  • Place the asparagus spears into a mixing bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.
    Asparagus in a mixing bowl, tossed with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.
  • Preheat air fryer if required. Add asparagus to the air fryer in a single layer and cook on 400°F for 7-8 minutes. Note that the cook time will depend on how thick your asparagus is so watch it carefully.
    Asparagus spears in an air fryer basket.
  • Serve asparagus immediately with a slice of lemon juice for squeezing and additional parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper on top, if desired.
    Cooked asparagus spears in an air fryer basket.

Equipment

  • air fryer

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 recipeCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 722mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4g
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
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    4 comments
    1. Skye
      June 21, 2022 AT 3:06 pm

      5 stars
      This was delicious. I cooked my asparagus about 3 minutes longer, because I personally prefer it crispier. I also added nutritional yeast after it was plated, and the flavor was wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 22, 2022 AT 10:38 am

        Sounds like a great adjustment, Skye! Thank you for leaving me a comment and review, I appreciate it!

        Reply
    2. Kay B.
      March 5, 2022 AT 11:53 am

      Could you tell me what kind of air fryer you have?

      Reply
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