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Air Fryer Asparagus (Quick & Easy!)

by Capri Lilly
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Air Fryer Asparagus are crispy, tender asparagus drizzled with avocado oil, lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Cooked to perfection in the air fryer, this is an easy vegetarian and gluten-free side dish. Enjoy it as part of a no-fuss, well-balanced weeknight meal! (This recipe is completely gluten-free and can be made vegan by omitting the cheese.)

Looking for more air fryer side dishes? You have to try our low-carb Cauliflower Tots, crunchy Air Fryer Okra, and savory Brussels sprouts with maple and bacon.

air fried asparagus on a white plate garnished with lemon and fresh basil

Air Fryer Asparagus tastes like roasted asparagus even though it’s made without an oven and in half the time. If you love this vegetable, then you have to try this air-fried asparagus recipe!

close up view of asparagus on a plate

This is the Best Air Fryer Asparagus because it’s:

  • Healthy – Low in calories and high in fiber, asparagus is a nutritious addition to any meal.
  • Convenient – Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s ready in under 10 minutes!
  • Versatile – This tasty vegetable can be seasoned in a variety of ways and it can be served with so many different entrees!
  • Diet Friendly: This is a great recipe for those with dietary restrictions. Whether you are on a keto, low-carb, or vegetarian diet, you can enjoy this tasty side! Skip the cheese to make it vegan!
a plate of the raw asparagus on a plate with minced garlic and parmesan cheese

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Asparagus: Use fresh asparagus. When shopping, select asparagus spears that are firm to the touch and avoid those that appear to be wilted.
  • Garlic cloves: Nothing beats the flavor of fresh garlic but you can use garlic powder if none is available.
  • Lemon: The acidity in this citrus fruit brightens up this side dish.
  • Avocado oil: It has a higher smoking point than most oils and a rich nutty flavor. If you prefer a more neutral taste, olive oil would work well but lower the temperature to 375°F.
  • Parmesan cheese: For savory flavor and a nice crunch, sprinkle the asparagus with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Seasoning: I kept it simple with salt and pepper; just enough to taste.
overhead view of ingredients needed for air fryer asparagus

What makes asparagus chewy and stringy?

When prepared and made properly, Air Fryer Asparagus is crunchy. But if the ends of the asparagus are not removed prior to cooking, it will be tough to chew. The ends are fibrous so if they aren’t cut, you will have stringy asparagus.

How to Trim Asparagus

You can either snap the ends of the asparagus or cut them. Slice the asparagus where the ends turn a whitish or brown hue. If you choose to snap, use your thumb to determine where the soft and hard parts meet and snap it in two. You want to preserve the green, firm portion of the vegetable to air fry.

However, the ends of the asparagus don’t have to go to waste. They still contain great flavor and nutrients. Freeze them for later use in a soup, sauce, or veggie stock.

uncooked, cut and seasoned veggies in the air fryer
Asparagus in the air fryer before cooking

How to Make Air Fryer Asparagus

  1. Wash the asparagus and chop off the tough ends.
  2. Place the asparagus in the air fryer basket. Drizzle with cooking oil, grated parmesan, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat all the asparagus. Then arrange the asparagus in a single layer.
  3. Cook at 400°F for 7-8 minutes or until the asparagus is golden brown. (Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the asparagus. Check the asparagus occasionally for your desired doneness.)
  4. Serve the asparagus with lemon wedges and sprinkle with a bit more parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
cooked asparagus in the air fryer
Asparagus fully cooked in the air fryer

Tips For Making The Best Air Fried Asparagus

  • The thickness of the asparagus will determine the exact cooking time. Thinner stalks will cook faster. Be sure to check the asparagus periodically for your desired doneness.
  • Avoid overcooking the asparagus so it’s not too tough or burnt.
  • Don’t use canned asparagus because it will end up soggy.

Variations & Additions

  • Fresh Herbs: Add chopped fresh herbs like rosemary or parsley for an herbaceous flavor.
  • Bacon: Add sliced bacon for a savory, salty side dish.
  • Drizzle On Sauce: it with some balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, or coconut aminos for additional flavor.
  • Make It Vegan: this recipe vegan by omitting the parmesan.
  • Make It Spicy: Add red pepper flakes for a spicy dish.
  • Make It An Appetizer: Wrap the asparagus in prosciutto and serve as a tasty appetizer
cooked asparagus on a white plate garnished with lemon and fresh basil

How to Serve

Air Fryer Asparagus is the perfect side for any meal! Here are some of our top suggestions:

Leftovers and Reheating

Leftover asparagus should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I don’t suggest freezing it unless you plan to repurpose the leftovers for something like a casserole, soup, or frittata. To reheat, simply add it to the air fryer at 350ºF for about 3 minutes.

asparagus on a white plate

I hope you enjoy this Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe! 

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Air Fryer Asparagus (Quick & Easy!)

Air Fryer Asparagus are crispy, tender asparagus drizzled with avocado oil, lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Cooked to perfection in the air fryer, this is an easy vegetarian, gluten-free side dish. Enjoy it as part of a no-fuss, well-balanced weeknight meal!
5 from 47 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Asparagus
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced or half teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil or cooking oil of choice
  • 3 tbsp Freshly Grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash the asparagus and chop off the tough ends.
  • Place the asparagus in the air fryer basket. Drizzle with cooking oil, grated parmesan, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss to coat all the asparagus. Then arrange the asparagus in a single layer.
  • Cook on 400°F for 7-8 minutes or until the asparagus is golden brown. (Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the asparagus. Check the asparagus occasionally for your desired doneness.)
  • Serve the asparagus with lemon wedges and sprinkle with a bit more parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.4g | Protein: 7.7g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 4.5g | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 5mg

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16 comments

Marta September 22, 2022 - 7:43 am

5 stars
We LOVE making asparagus as a quick side dish, but roasting them (as we always do) isn’t exactly “quick.” This air fryer version was what we needed and will be the way we make them in the future.

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Capri Lilly September 22, 2022 - 10:35 am

Hi Marta! It’s such a great side dish. I am glad you like this air fryer version. Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Robin September 25, 2022 - 5:38 pm

5 stars
I appreciated the ease, the speed and unami flavor of this recipe – you’ve created a winner yet again!

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Capri Lilly September 26, 2022 - 12:37 pm

Thank you, Robin!

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Kate September 26, 2022 - 12:41 pm

5 stars
I have always been intimidated about making asparagus so you can’t imagine my joy when I came across this recipe. Not only was this easy to make, but my asparagus tasted amazing!

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Capri Lilly September 26, 2022 - 1:31 pm

Yay! I am so happy to hear it! Glad you liked the recipe

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Chenée September 26, 2022 - 6:08 pm

5 stars
I love making roasted asparagus, but this was way easier! I love the flavors of lemon and parmesan too!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2022 - 9:34 am

I am so glad you like, Chenee!

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Camille September 27, 2022 - 7:51 am

5 stars
Omg! These were so good! I added some red pepper flakes for a spicy kick and the air fried asparagus with dinner. Thanks for the tip on removing the ends…makes a huge difference! My new go to recipe! 💃🏾💓

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2022 - 9:38 am

Hi Camille! That makes me so happy! I am glad you liked the recipe. And the addition of red pepper flakes sounds delish!

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Jessica September 28, 2022 - 8:42 am

5 stars
I never thought about putting asparagus in my air fryer but I’m so glad you suggested it! It came out perfectly cooked and it was so much easier than fussing over it on the stove. Air fried asparagus is the move from now on!

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2022 - 9:30 am

Hi Jessica! I agree 100% — it’s totally the move! 🙂

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Eden September 28, 2022 - 9:21 am

5 stars
Your recipes never cease to amaze me! This was so delish and easy to make, we are keeping it on rotation!

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2022 - 9:30 am

Thanks Eden! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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Jazz September 28, 2022 - 12:06 pm

5 stars
I’m only using your method for my asparagus going forward. It’s so easy and everybody loved the result. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2022 - 3:51 pm

Glad to hear it! You’re welcome!

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