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Air Fryer Asparagus

Once you taste air fryer asparagus, you'll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly crisp, this air fryer asparagus recipe is a simple and speedy side dish.
roasted air fryer asparagus on a grey plate with lemon wedges

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Once you taste Air Fryer Asparagus, you’ll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly crisp, this air fryer asparagus recipe is a simple and healthy side dish.

roasted air fryer asparagus on a grey plate with lemon wedges

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I officially declare asparagus in the air fryer as my favorite way to eat this amazing veggie. Line drawn!

It’s such a quick and healthy side dish, and you only need 12 minutes from start to finish to make this incredible air-fried asparagus.

Looking for more asparagus recipes? Check out Instant Pot Asparagus, How to Cook Frozen Asparagus, Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, and How to Freeze Asparagus.

Ingredients

You’ll find the exact measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This recipe is rocking:

  • fresh asparagus
  • olive oil
  • kosher or another flaky salt

How to Make Air Fryer Asparagus

*I’ll walk you through it here, and you’ll also find a detailed and printable recipe card at the bottom of this post

Preheat the air fryer to 400F.

Trim the asparagus by removing the woody ends. Toss to coat the asparagus with olive oil either by drizzling it over the stalks or spraying it using a Misto.

Arrange the asparagus in the air fryer and roast asparagus for 7-9 minutes, depending on how you prefer your asparagus. I’m team “extra crispy”, but you do you! Sprinkle the asparagus with salt and enjoy.

2 photos showing the process of roasting asparagus in an air fryer.

How to Store and Reheat Asparagus

Store fully cooled air fryer roasted asparagus in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

To reheat, cook cold asparagus for about ~2 minutes at 390F. I do like to spritz the cooked asparagus with a bit more olive oil prior to reheating it.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Don’t be aggressive with spritzing the olive oil on the stalks. Over time I’ve discovered that too much olive oil = mushy asparagus. I use my Misto to get even coverage.
  • Fatter asparagus spears may need an additional 1-3 minutes of cooking time.
  • Swap out the salt with garlic salt, or add fresh (or frozen) chopped garlic when cooking.
  • I prefer just kosher salt, but feel free to salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a squirt of fresh lemon juice. Or a hefty drizzle of our Gluten-Free Cheese Sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Trim Asparagus?

Hold one stalk of asparagus, and try to snap the end off.  Where it snaps is the natural breaking point. You can snap each stalk individually, but I usually cut all the ends off at about the same point with a sharp knife to save time.

Can You Cook Frozen Asparagus In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use frozen asparagus in the air fryer! The key to cooking frozen asparagus is to not thaw it before cooking and to make sure the air fryer is fully preheated. That allows the asparagus to get that perfect sear and start roasting right away.

Is Asparagus Good For A Low-Carb Diet?

Yes. Each cup of (cooked/roasted) asparagus contains 8 carbs, and 4g of fiber, resulting in 4g of carbs per serving.

Should I Soak My Asparagus?

There is no need to soal asparagus unless you are using wild-harvested asparagus or homegrown asparagus that looks especially dirty or has a lot of bits of soil stuck to the stalks and tips.

What Oil Should I Use For Air Frying Asparagus?

I love the flavor of extra virgin olive oil for air fryer roasted asparagus. Avocado oil, vegetable oil, or coconut oil also work nicely.

What To Serve With This Recipe

There are so many options! I’m a sucker for a perfect Dry Brined ChickenPaleo Salmon Cakes, or Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp.

This air fryer asparagus recipe is also delicious served alongside Lemon Garlic Pasta, Ham and Swiss Quiche, Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu, Instant Pot Chuck Roast, Air Fryer Cornish Hens, and Instant Pot Beef Tips.

roasted asparagus in an cosori air fryer basket

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

roasted air fryer asparagus on a grey plate with lemon wedges
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Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time12 mins
Once you taste air fryer asparagus, you'll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly crisp, this air fryer asparagus recipe is a simple and speedy side dish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Remove the woody ends from the stalks. 
    1 pound asparagus
  • On a plate or baking sheet, lightly spritz/spray with olive oil.
    1 tsp olive oil
  • Place asparagus in the basket of the air fryer.
  • Cook for 7-9 minutes, or until they have reached your desired level of crispy.
  • Sprinkle finished asparagus with sea salt. Serve immediately.
    pinch kosher salt

Notes

If you’re cooking a large batch, shake the basket halfway through to distribute the stalks around for even cooking.

Oven Roasting Instructions:

  • Place your oven rack on the lowest setting and preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Lightly mist the sheet pan with olive oil.
  • Place your asparagus on the pan, mist with olive oil
  • Roast for 6 minutes, flip, and cook for another 4-7 minutes. Salt to taste (optional).
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 32 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 comments on “Air Fryer Asparagus”

  1. Worked like magic! As yummy as roasted (maybe more) and way faster. Thanks!5 stars

  2. I’m a vegan and I really appreciate it when I see such delicious food that I can homemade with my air fryer. Thank you.5 stars

  3. The garden is about to start pumping out asparagus from the 75 year old asparagus bed. I can’t wait to try this out! Now I just an air dryer. Haha.

  4. I’m also not sold on the air fryer-yet.  I already store my instant pot & veggie spiralizer on my staircase. I can get away with it since we don’t use the upstairs bedroom. The kitchen aid mixer in the upstairs bedroom. The crockpot in the basement with the turkey roaster pan, deli style meat slicer I’ve used about three times ever and my wedding silverware… And the toaster, bread machine, hand mixer & food processor in my only coat closet turned pantry. Maybe it’s fine to get rid of the bread machine and replace it with an air fryer. I don’t even remember where the ice cream machine is. 

    I do the microwave precook and short oven or grill to get the roasty goodness taste. 

    Is the fryer really worth the real estate?

    • I think “worth the real estate” will be different for everyone. I do love and use mine a lot. But…I also include other cooking methods in all air fryer recipes so that people can have choices.

  5. Do you reckon you could do padron peppers in the air fryer?  Thinking of getting one. Might strengthen the case!

  6. I haven’t given in and purchased an air fryer yet. I don’t really have a place to put it but I’m tempted each time I read one of your recipes using one. You temptress, you! I love asparagus grilled or roasted with olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning. Yum!5 stars