Crisp, yet tender Air Fryer Asparagus is so quick and easy to make! This favorite-veggie-of-Spring is cooked to perfection every time!
Do we agree that asparagus is the best vegetable?
Okay, it might not be better than my favorite roasted kabocha squash with peanut sauce, but I do LOVE how versatile this little, spring-y veggie is.
OR, go EXTRA easy and making it in the air fryer.
This has been my new favorite way to cook it lately, and I expect it will become yours too, because it’s tender but somehow crisp?
IDK but it is GOOD.
I love love LOVE my air fryer and I pull it out to use it on a regular basis because it’s just the best! Of COURSE we all love air fryer chicken nuggets and air fryer potato wedges, but today’s recipe is both tasty AND healthy and is the perfect side dish to compliment whatever you are serving! You are going to LOVE the short list of ingredients it takes to make this air fryer asparagus recipe- here’s what you will need:
- Asparagus (you could also use zucchini to make air fryer zucchini!)
- Olive Oil
How to trim Asparagus
Asparagus is one of those veggies that you need to prepare before you cook it, as the ends are woody, fibrous and tough, making them not suitable for eating. To cut off the ends, lay the asparagus spears on a large cutting board and use a sharp chef’s knife to slice off the ends. You will want to cut them where the white ends turn green. Another way to remove the woody ends is to simply snap them off one at a time. All the ends will need to break off at a slightly different point on the spear, so I prefer this way.
How to make Air Fryer Asparagus
Remove the stalky ends from the asparagus spears. Toss them in a large bowl with olive oil, garlic and a generous pinch of salt.
Arrange the asparagus in a single layer inside your air fryer and turn it on. Cook the asparagus until it is tender!
Serve up your asparagus air fryer as desired and DEVOUR!
Now that your asparagus is all cooked and ready to enjoy (seriously- wasn’t that SO easy?!), you can dress it up or dress it down and eat it up. I recommend serving this asparagus recipe alongside a delicious coffee rubbed steak or baked honey cajun salmon and then adding some whole30 mashed potatoes to complete your meal! If you want a lower carb choice, check out how to make cauliflower rice to learn how!
How to store Air Fryer Asparagus
This asparagus recipe is a FANTASTIC make ahead, meal prep side dish because it lasts well when stored in the fridge. I recommend keeping it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
How to Freeze
Once you’ve cooked up your asparagus in an air fryer, you can totally freeze it for a quick side dish for future meals. Simply store the cooked asparagus in an airtight, freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat it in the air fryer when you’re ready to eat!
The asparagus is done when it is vibrant and bright green in color and is crisp, yet slightly tender when pierced with a fork.
ABSOLUTELY! Asparagus is a fantastic choice for a veggie side dish because it is loaded with nutrients and vitamins to support a healthy diet. It is high in fiber, folate and vitamins A, C, and K, just to name a few nutritional benefits.
You can keep asparagus in the fridge for up to 5 days before cooking it.
more delicious air fryer vegetable recipes
- Break the asparagus so the stalky ends are removed.
- Toss with oil, garlic and a generous pinch of salt.
- Place in the air fryer in a single layer and cook at 400 degrees until fork tender, about 12 minutes.
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