The Best Easy Air Fried Asparagus Recipe

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The Best Easy Air Fried Asparagus Recipe – delicious keto, crispy, crunchy asparagus right from your air fryer!

This air fryer asparagus is delicious, with some crispy, crunchy bits – without adding any carbs or breading – thanks to an air fryer!

We’re using the air fryer’s high heat to quickly move hot air around the asparagus to crisp it without turning it mushy – and adding a ton of flavor.

This asparagus is a little salty, a little earthy, a little buttery – and totally delicious.

It’s great alongside pork tenderloin, baked chicken breasts, chicken thighs, ribeye roast, roasted turkey, lobster tails, and so much more!

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How To Trim Asparagus

Pat asparagus completely dry – with a paper towel or kitchen towel – before prepping this recipe.

To trim asparagus, I grab a stalk and lightly bend into a horseshoe shape.

Asparagus should snap just above the woody base. I then lay the snapped asparagus down next to the rest of the bunch, and cut off the base of the asparagus in the same spot.

You can also eyeball this – trim off the bottom 1-2″ depending on the size of your stalks.

Thicker stalks will need more trimmed off to be sure you’re not preparing the tough, woody, and stringy base.

Thin stalks tend to not be as tough, so you’ll cut less.

What Temperature To Air Fry Asparagus At

To get the best asparagus, opt for the highest temperature your air fryer will go.

Be sure to check your asparagus a couple times as it cooks, and shake the air fryer basket a few times to make sure it’s evenly cooking and crisping.

  • 350 – about 15 minutes
  • 400 – about 12 minutes
  • 450 – about 10 minutes

Asparagus is done when it is bright green, with a bit of give, but isn’t mushy and has a bit of charring and crisp edges.

What Air Fryer to Use For Asparagus

We use a Ninja Foodi with the air fryer basket for most of our air fried foods, since we love the big basket that is easy to use – and we love how powerful their broiler lid is.

You can use any air fryer or pressure cooker like an Instant Pot if it has a crisping/broiling lid and air fry functionality.

Recipe FAQs

How long does asparagus last in the refrigerator?

This recipe can be stored for up to four days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
We do not recommend freezing, as asparagus tends to get overly mushy when thawing.

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The Best Easy Air Fried Asparagus Recipe

The Best Easy Air Fried Asparagus Recipe – delicious keto, crispy, crunchy asparagus right from your air fryer!
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, asparagus, side dishes, vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 137kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus woody ends trimmed off
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tsp garlic salt or garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt celtic (skip if using garlic salt)
  • 1 tsp pepper fresh cracked

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to the highest heat available (we prefer 450 degrees, but go as high as your model allows)  
  • Trim asparagus to remove tough, woody ends – discard ends. 
  • In a dish or on a plate, drizzle asparagus with olive oil and lemon juice, mix around with hands to coat evenly. 
  • Generously season with salt and pepper. 
  • Place asparagus in air fryer and roast for 10-15 minutes – checking at around 5 and 10 minutes to see if tips have started to brown slightly and asparagus has softened a bit and shake air fryer basket to move asparagus.
  • Cook until asparagus is lightly soft and has crunchy browned bits, about 15 minutes total (this is very dependent on your air fryer and the thickness of the asparagus stalks – watch it to be sure it doesn’t overcook.)
  • When asparagus is done, serve immediately. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 2754mg | Fiber: 1g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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