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Air Fryer Asparagus

Air Fryer Asparagus is a healthy side dish made with four ingredients and plenty of topping options! It’s faster than roasting in the oven, yet still delicious! 

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Air Fryer Asparagus

One of the easiest vegetables to cook has to be asparagus. It cooks fast and goes so well with so many main dishes. Baked Teriyaki Salmon comes to mind, as well as chicken thighs cooked in a skillet. This asparagus cooked in an air fryer calls for 4 simple ingredients and cooks in 8 minutes.

The air fryer simplifies the process, cuts down on cook time, and frees up your oven. I use the convection-oven style with racks because it allows me to cook more food at the same time. If your air fryer is the basket-type, the cooking process is the same. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • asparagus
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • optional toppings: Parmesan cheese, gouda cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, cheese sauce, etc.

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How to prepare asparagus for cooking?

Before you roast, air fryer, or saute asparagus, you have to prep the vegetable. Find the hardest part of the end of each spear and snap it off. You can also cut off about 2 inches on the end. That’s the hardest part and not tasty at all.

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How to cook asparagus in the air fryer?

  • Start by preparing the asparagus for cooking, as shown above.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season.
  • Arrange in air fryer basket or on racks.
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Serve with toppings.

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Reheating:

I recommend reheating this dish in the air fryer, for 2 to 3 minutes.

Best tips for cooking asparagus in an air fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer before cooking. It’s like preheating the oven so don’t skip that step. The results will be better!
  • Thicker asparagus will require more time to cook. Add 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Cook in batches if you are using a basket-type air fryer. Don’t over-crowd it or the spears won’t cook evenly.

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Air Fryer Asparagus

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

8 mins

Total Time

18 mins

Air Fryer Asparagus is a healthy side dish made with four ingredients and plenty of topping options! It’s faster than roasting in the oven, yet still delicious!

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: air fryer asparagus

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 41 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Prep the asparagus: find the hardest part of the end of each spear and snap it off. You can also cut off about 2 inches on the end.

  2. Place asparagus in a bowl or a plate and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 400° Fahrenthit for 5 minutes.

  4. Arrange asparagus in air fryer basket or on racks. Place in the air fryer.

  5. Set the temperature to 400° Fahrenheit and timer to 8 minutes.

  6. Once the cooking cycle is done, remove from appliance.

  7. Serve with toppings.

Recipe Notes

  • Preheat the air fryer before cooking. It’s like preheating the oven so don’t skip that step. The results will be better!
  • Thicker asparagus will require more time to cook. Add 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Asparagus

Amount Per Serving

Calories 41 Calories from Fat 18

% Daily Value*

Fat 2g3%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 1g

Sodium 293mg13%

Potassium 233mg7%

Carbohydrates 5g2%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 858IU17%

Vitamin C 7mg8%

Calcium 28mg3%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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