Air Fryer Asparagus cooks to be perfectly tender with just enough bite to not be soggy. Cooked with less oil, have his easy and delicious asparagus on the table in less than 10 minutes!
Asparagus in the Air Fryer
The air fryer cooks many things really well. There are Brussels sprouts and green beans, as I’ve shared in the past, or Air fryer asparagus, as I’ll show you how to make in this post. After all, we all love asparagus, and one of the simplest ways to make it is using your air fryer.
There are a few main reasons why I love to cook asparagus in the air fryer:
- It cooks faster than roasting asparagus in the oven- up to half the time!
- Cooking in the air fryer requires less oil, making this healthy vegetable even healthier.
- It leaves the oven free for other things like baked chicken or that beef tenderloin you’re preparing for the holidays.
But mostly, it’s just really easy to make. A little olive oil, salt, and pepper is all it takes to have perfectly tender, never mushy, air fryer asparagus ready to enjoy!
Did you know?
5 spears (75g) of asparagus has just 17 calories, 0.2g fat, 3.1g carbs, and 1.5 g of fiber.
How to Cook Asparagus in the Air Fryer
- Wash and dry: Friendly reminder to wash and thoroughly dry the asparagus.
- Trim the ends: Trim or snap off the ends.
- Prepare the air fryer and season asparagus: Spray the inside basket with non-stick cooking spray, and place asparagus on the inside. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Cook: Set air fryer to 400 degrees F. Air fry for 7 minutes, shaking the basket once during cooking.
For extra flavor, sprinkle the asparagus with grated parmesan cheese in the second half of cooking or drizzle with fresh lemon juice just before serving.
How to Trim Asparagus
Since each bunch of asparagus is a little different, knowing exactly how much to trim off the ends of each asparagus spear will vary from one spear to the next.
You may trim the ends with a knife – about an inch or so. Or, snap off the woody ends with your hands. Don’t worry, they will snap in the right place. Unfortunately, this may mean losing up to a third of your asparagus if you purchased a bad batch or it’s out of season.
Tips for Picking Asparagus
- Stalks should be firm, stand straight, and appear plump – in other words, they should not look wilted or wrinkly.
- The tips should not be mushy or soft.
- They should be a rich green color that fades gradually to a light creamy green at the bottom of the stalk.
I personally find preheating unnecessary (when cooking asparagus). Of course, feel free to do so if that’s what you’re used to.
I haven’t had much luck with frozen asparagus. Even in the air fryer frozen asparagus turn out stringier, more watery (there’s a lot of water in frozen asparagus), and not as good as fresh asparagus.
No. The cooking time stays the same no matter how much asparagus you are cooking – however, I do not recommend cooking more than 1-pound of asparagus at a time.
I love using my Cosori Air Fryer Max XL
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Air Fryer Asparagus
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- Thoroughly was and dry the asparagus spears. Trim the tough woody ends with a sharp knife (about 1-inch) or simply snap off where they most naturally break (see notes).
- Spray the inside basket of the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spread out the asparagus in the basket and drizzle with about one teaspoon of olive oil. Gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss again to evenly distribute the seasonings.
- Close the air fryer basket and set the air fryer to 400°F. Cook for 7 minutes, shaking once about 3-4 minutes into the cooking time.
- Once the time has been completed, check for doneness. If they are not done to your liking continue to cook at 1-2 minute intervals.
- Instead of trimming with a knife, you may bend (or snap) the asparagus near the base. Don’t worry, they will snap in the right place. Unfortunately, when asparagus is not in season or it’s an especially bad batch, this may mean you lose a third or more off the end.
- Especially thick or especially thin asparagus will require slightly different cooking times.
- I love my Cosori Air Fryer Max XL
- This air fryer asparagus recipe is gluten-free, vegan, keto, and paleo-approved.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)