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This ultra-crispy Air Fryer Asparagus requires just 5 ingredients and will be on your table with less than 10 minutes of cooking time! The air fryer, a little oil, and spices are all that’s needed to turn asparagus into a top-notch healthy and easy side dish.

The best air fryer asparagus on a white plate

Why You’ll Love This Easy Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe

  • Crispy Yet Tender. Between Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Cauliflower, and Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, the air fryer has given us new, crispy versions of our favorite veggies. This air fried asparagus is swoon-worthy, with a crispy outside and perfectly tender interior.
  • So Versatile. Like my Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Asparagus, this air fryer asparagus will pair well with anything you serve it with. You can vary the seasonings on the asparagus, add cheese (air fryer asparagus with Parmesan is our favorite), or enjoy simple asparagus with salt and pepper.
  • Quick. Air fry asparagus time is 6 to 8 minutes at 400 degrees F, depending upon the thickness of your stalks and your air fryer model. (I make air fryer recipes in my Ninja air fryer.) That means you can have a healthy side dish on the table, stat.
  • Fresh, Delicious, and Healthy. While I love Oven Roasted Vegetables, sometimes I want to use less oil. The air fryer needs very little oil to crisp foods and it also results in air fried asparagus that tastes vibrant and fresh.
Easy air fryer asparagus on a plate

5 Star Review

“I really enjoyed asparagus before I was just frying it in a pan with butter. But after seeing this recipe and trying it, I am absolutely IN LOVE with this. I will never do my asparagus differently.”

— Fiona —

How to Make Air Fryer Asparagus

The Ingredients

  • Asparagus. The main event! Packed with fiber and vitamin A, asparagus is healthy and low carb.
  • Olive Oil. Helps the asparagus crisp and adds flavor. A little oil is all you need for vegetables in the air fryer.
  • Salt + Pepper. Simple seasonings that let the asparagus shine.
  • Dried Thyme. Deliciously earthy and savory.
  • Parmesan. Finishing your asparagus with Parmesan is optional, but I’d be remiss if I (and Air Fryer Zucchini and Air Fryer Green Beans) didn’t share how truly tasty it is.
  • Lemon Juice. While optional, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds wonderful brightness and acidity to air fried asparagus.
  • Red Pepper Flakes. Another optional addition. We enjoy the tiny kick.

The Directions

  1. Prep the Asparagus. Snap off the woody stems.
A white bowl with air fryer asparagus
  1. Toss. Coat the asparagus in the oil and spices.
Vegetables in a basket for cooking
  1. Make a Single Layer. This helps the asparagus crisp up better.
Air fried asparagus spears
  1. Air Fry. Air fry asparagus at 400 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes, tossing halfway. Add desired toppings and ENJOY!
Air fryer asparagus in the basket of an air fryer

Recipe Variations

  • Spicy Air Fryer Asparagus. If you’re a fan of spice, use extra red pepper flakes.
  • Italian Air Fryer Asparagus. Add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning to the asparagus.
  • Air Fryer Asparagus With Bacon. Take a note from Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, and use bacon to add flavor to your asparagus. Crumble Baked Bacon in the Oven or Air Fryer Bacon over your cooked asparagus.
  • Garlicky Air Fryer Asparagus. Add Roasted Garlic to your finished asparagus or add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder to your seasoning mix.
  • Balsamic Air Fryer Asparagus. Toss the asparagus with balsamic vinegar before cooking. This would be tasty with Parmesan too.
  • Air Fryer Asparagus with Herbs. Finish the asparagus with a sprinkle of chopped basil, thyme, dill, or parsley.
  • Air Fryer Asparagus with Soy Sauce. Toss the asparagus with soy sauce before cooking. Reduce the salt to start, since soy sauce is salty.
Crispy air fryer asparagus

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate asparagus in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm asparagus in the oven on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F or reheat in the air fryer.
  • To Freeze. Freeze asparagus in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Meal Prep Tip

You can cut asparagus ahead of time. Up to 1 day in advance, snap the woody stems off of the asparagus spears. Refrigerate them until you’re ready to finish the recipe.

A plate of air fryer asparagus and lemon

Leftover Ideas

Leftover asparagus can be repurposed for Pasta Primavera, Roasted Vegetable Salad, or Scrambled Egg Toast with Roasted Asparagus (swap the air fryer asparagus).

What to Serve with Air Fried Asparagus

air fryer asparagus spears on a white plate

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Snap, Don’t Trim. When you bend asparagus near the end of the stem, it will naturally break precisely where the spear starts to get tough. It’s like a gift from Mother Nature to help you make perfect air fryer asparagus!
  • Give Your Asparagus Some Space. Like moody teenagers, asparagus needs its space. If it’s packed into the basket too tightly, it won’t get crispy. Cook your air fried asparagus in at least two batches, or more if needed.
  • Don’t Overcook It. If there’s one thing that’ll ruin asparagus, it’s overcooking. Follow the suggested cook times listed and watch it carefully. Checking the color and tenderness is how you know when asparagus is fully cooked. Asparagus should be bright green and crisp-tender when cooked.
  • Season It Up. Whether you want something simple and classic (salt and pepper is always right) or something bold and fun (see some fun ideas in the “Recipe Variations” section above), just make sure you season your asparagus. The seasonings take this recipe to the next level!
  • Through Thick and Thin. Whether you need to know how long to cook thick asparagus in an air fryer or how long to cook thin asparagus in an air fryer, this recipe has you covered! While we enjoy our asparagus on the thicker side, which usually takes 6 to 8 minutes, thin asparagus may be done after just 4 minutes in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Asparagus

5 from 17 votes
Crispy air fryer asparagus is a fast, healthy side dish that requires just 7 minutes of cooking and 5 ingredients. Don't skip the Parmesan!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 12 minutes

Servings: 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients
  


Instructions
 

  • Snap off the hard, woody ends of the asparagus by gently bending it a few inches from the stem end. The asparagus will naturally snap at the proper place. Discard the stems and place the stalks in a large mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil, then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Toss to coat.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Arrange half of the asparagus in the air fryer basket in an even layer.
  • Air fry for 6 to 8 minutes, tossing once halfway through. If your spears are super thin, start checking at 4 minutes to make sure they don't burn. Repeat with remaining asparagus (if you like, you can keep batches warm in the oven). Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top and toss to coat once more. Serve hot, with a squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of red pepper flakes as desired.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate asparagus in an airtight storage container for up to 5 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F or in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze asparagus in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 2); without optional toppingsCalories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 461mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1720IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 5mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Blanch Asparagus Before Frying?

No, you do not need to soak asparagus before cooking it. This recipe will cook the asparagus perfectly without any need for blanching.

Why is My Asparagus Soggy?

The texture of cooked asparagus should be crisp yet tender. If your asparagus turns out soggy and stringy, it’s likely overcooked. Asparagus does get softer the longer you cook, and it can overcook very quickly. Make sure you keep an eye on it (especially if your spears are very thin). Another cause of mushy asparagus is that you may have crowded too much during cooking.

What Can I Use Instead of Olive Oil?

If you prefer to make asparagus in air fryer with butter or avocado oil, you can swap one of them for the olive oil. (The butter option would be scrumptious with garlic added too.)

You can air fry asparagus without oil, but it’s more likely to burn. We found that a little oil added wonderful flavor and helped keep the asparagus from burning.

Can I Use Frozen Asparagus?

I think you could try it, but it won’t turn out as crispy. Fresh asparagus is the best choice for this recipe. Not letting the asparagus get watery is how you keep asparagus crispy, and frozen vegetables inherently release liquid during cooking.

Do You Shave Asparagus Before Cooking?

No, you do not need to shave asparagus before cooking. I recommend cleaning the asparagus well to remove any dirt (this is why you soak asparagus in water or rinse it) and snapping off the woody ends, but that’s it!

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  1. According to Cook’s Illustrated/Cook’sCountry to waste so much less asparagus just cut off 1 inch of stem. Use a piler to remove the top layer of the woody stem about 2-3inches up the stalks depending on its length. I triesdit and it works wonderfully!

  2. I never really loved asparagus until I tried this recipe last night! The air fryer really enhances its Flavor and with the seasonings and cheese added it was a melt in your mouth experience! Loved how quick and easy it was too!5 stars

  3. I was looking for a way to make asparagus in the air fryer since I finally invested in one. I used this recipe and haven’t made asparagus different! The pinch of red pepper flakes added the kick that I wanted. It was awesome!5 stars

  4. So GOOD! The FRESH parmesan is the key for me. I found that for my air fryer, the asparagus was perfectly done in 6 minutes. Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

  5. I really enjoyed asparagus before I was just frying it in a pan with butter. But after seeing this recipe and trying it, I am absolutely IN LOVE with this. I will never do my asparagus differently.5 stars

  6. I am convinced that the asparagus and air fryer were made for each other after this meal. I snacked on half a bunch of asparagus straight out of the air fryer. Delicious!5 stars

  7. This turned out amazing and I can’t believe how easy it was! Will make these asparagus every week from now on. I paired it with a New York strip steak. Excellent dinner!5 stars

  8. This was good. My asparagus turned out perfectly seasoned and just the right balance between crisp and tender. I cooked mine for extra 3mins. I loved how quick and easy it was to prepare and cook!5 stars

  9. This was fantastic. Just ate about a pound of asparagus by myself. It was better than any other way I have prepared asparagus in my 38 years of existence. To think, I was about to throw the bunch I bought this weekend away because it never turns out good anyways.5 stars

  10. This was delicious. I cooked my asparagus about 3-4 minutes longer, because I personally prefer it crispier. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  11. These were surprisingly addictive, which is pretty amazing considering I don’t even generally like vegetables. I will definitely be making these again.5 stars

  12. I never really loved asparagus until I tried this recipe last night! The air fryer really enhances its Flavor and with the seasonings and cheese added it was a melt in your mouth experience! Loved how quick and easy it was too!5 stars

  13. This is excellent! It came out very tender and tasty! (I cooked it a little longer as ovens vary- 10 min)5 stars