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Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Asparagus is an eye catching and tasty dish you can prepare quickly in the air fryer. This makes the perfect side dish and is ready in less than 15 minutes!

I have been using my air fryer vey extensively to make delicious vegetable side dishes. Roasted Fingerling PotatoesAir Fried Mushrooms, Roasted Broccoli and Crispy Brussels Sprouts are our family favorites.

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Air fryers are becoming increasingly popular due to their quick cooking times but also because they leave out the unhealthy fats. This is a simple recipe for roasted asparagus that anyone can make for dinner tonight.

Use your Air Fryer to make delicious and crisp Asparagus in just 10 minutes.  This super simple 4 ingredient recipe makes the best roasted asparagus.

Asparagus makes a fantastic side dish to accompany any meal. It looks so elegant and gourmet. Packed with vitamins and minerals, asparagus is a popular vegetable.  If you are asparagus fans, try our Asparagus Broccoli Soup. It is superb superfood packed vegetable meal. 

Roasted asparagus annd garmic served on black colored dinner plate as a side dish.

This roasted asparagus makes a great accompaniment to any meal and can be cooked with minimal added oil, making it a healthful, low-fat treat.

You can serve it from festive dinners, get togethers and parties to everyday family dinners as well.

This air fryer asparagus recipe is quick, healthy and  easy. It also is vegan,  gluten-free,  nut free and  low carb – keto friendly.

It pairs beautifully as a side dish with variety of different meals. It works well from grilled entrées to comfort food classics.

I often roast it with just olive oil, lemon juice, some roughly chopped garlic, salt and pepper. However you can add extra flavors by using dry rubs or seasoning mixes.

I am including few of my favorite seasoning suggestions to make it extra flavorful. 

Crispy asparagus spears served for dinner.

Ingredients

Fresh and tender asparagus, Olive oil or cooking spray ( skip if you want to make it WFPB oil free)  roughly chopped garlic,  salt and pepper. Fresh lemon juice to drizzle on top and  optional red pepper flakes if you want a hint of spice.

How to Choose Air Frying Time

Adjust cooking time accordingly based on the thickness of the asparagus.

During non peak season , asparagus sticks tend be very thin. That type will require less air frying. Whereas in season asparagus can be meaty ad thick. It will require extra five minutes of air frying time.

So choose the timing based on the firmness and thickness of the stalks.

Crisp and tender asparagus made in the air fryer basket.

How to Prepare Asparagus for Air Frying

Start of by chopping roughly 1/3 of the bottom end of stalks. This part of the stalk is often whitish in color and is very fibrous and woody. Use just the green part of the stalk and the spears. ( You can save the end of the stalk to make homemade vegetable broth)

Asparagus needs to thoroughly washed in cold tap water before using. Many times you find fine sand stuck in the fins of the stalk. So put it in colander and run it under cold water.

Then pat it dry with a paper or kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. Make sure to remove as much excess moisture as possible. It will help with quick cooking and crisp texture.

Process step collage showing how to roast asparagus in the air fryer.

Flavor Suggestions

I love the nutty earthy flavors of asparagus as is so just salt, pepper and drizzle of lemon juice is what I typically use.

However, to enhance the flavors further, variety of seasoning can be used. Here are some options.

  • Smoked paprika and lime
  • Everything but bagel seasoning
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Onion and Garlic Salt
  • Parmesan cheese – for crisp and salty texture
  • Flavored breadcrumbs
  • Dried herbs
  • Coconut Amino, soy sauce or tamari
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Instructions 

Put Washed and dried asparagus on the plate. Drizzle olive oil, add garlic pieces and season with salt and pepper.  Make sure to coat the asparagus well.

Place the seasoned asparagus on the air fryer basket.

Air Fry at 380°Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes, depending on thickness. Half way through cooking shake and turn asparagus for even cooking.

When asparagus looks slightly charred and browned, remove from air fryer. Drizzle fresh lemon juice over it. Add red pepper flakes and other garnishes if using. Serve warm and enjoy !

You can serve roasted air fryer asparagus as an appetizer. It tastes amazing if you serve it along with Avocado Cilantro Lime Dip, Creamy Hummus or Greek Tzatziki Sauce.

A black serving plate full of asparagus and two dipping bowls.

Air Fryer Recipes

Stalks of tender green roasted asparagus served with lemon wedges ad seasoning.

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Stalks of tender green roasted asparagus served with lemon wedges ad seasoning.

Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Yum Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus - the best way to enjoy this healthy green vegetable. Easy, fast, delicious and good for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound fresh and tender asparagus
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves- roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoons avocado or olive oil - skip for WFPB cooking
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, ground black pepper,
  • Red pepper flakes- optional

Instructions

  1. Put Washed and dried asparagus on the plate. Add garlic. Drizzle the oil and season with salt and pepper.  Make sure to coat the asparagus well.
  2. Place the seasoned asparagus on the air fryer basket.
  3. Air Fry at 380° Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes, depending on thickness. Half way through cooking shake and turn asparagus for even cooking.
  4. When asparagus looks slightly charred and browned, remove from air fryer. Drizzle fresh lemon juice over it. Add red pepper flakes and other garnishes if using. Serve warm and enjoy !

If you are using an Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

Place the trivet on the bottom of the inner pot. Next add the fryer basket and add the asparagus spears in a single layer on it. Place the lid on and set the asparagus to cook for 7-10 minutes at 380° Fahrenheit.

If you Want to Bake it in the Oven

Pre heat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Arrange seasoned asparagus in a single layer on baking sheet. Put it on the middle rack and bake for 15 minutes while checking midway through.

Notes

How to Prepare Asparagus for Air Frying

  • Start of by chopping roughly 1/3 of the bottom end of stalks. This part of the stalk is often whitish in color and is very fibrous and woody. Use just the green part of the stalk and the spears.
  • Asparagus needs to thoroughly washed in cold tap water before using. Many times you find fine sand stuck in the fins of the stalk. So put it in colander and run it under cold water.
  • Then pat it dry with a paper or kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. Make sure to remove as much excess moisture as possible. It will help with quick cooking and crisp texture.

Storage

Roasted Air fryer asparagus can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days in an airtight container. Reheat in an air fryer at 350 for about 1 to 2 minutes or use a microwave before serving. However, I prefer it freshly made since it tastes it's best crisp and tender.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 52mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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