Simple Air Fried Asparagus

Air Fried Asparagus
Air Fried Asparagus

Asparagus

One of the best things about springtime is fresh asparagus. My favorite way to have asparagus used to be roasted, until I air fried asparagus (I am able to get more even cooking, in a faster time). Now, with asparagus being in season, my family devours Simple Air Fried Asparagus weekly. Asparagus has a bright and earthy flavor that is quite unique.

Start Bright

In order to have a great result, you want to start off with a great product. Try to look for bright green color to your asparagus when buying it from the store or your local farmer’s market, without dry ends. This helps indicate a fresher (and hopefully tastier) asparagus. The thickness of your asparagus will effect cooking time, and flavor. Try to have all your asparagus to be about the same size.

End Bright

When you finish air frying your asparagus, you are looking for your asparagus to still have some bright green color to them, along with the browning you achieved. Your asparagus should be tender, but not limp. To me, this is the best zone for cooked asparagus, and the high heat of the air fryer helps achieve this. Your overall cooking time will depend on the thickness of your asparagus, ranging from 6 minutes to 10 minutes. I aim for using medium thickness (about 1/2 inch in diameter), and which takes 7-8 minutes.

Simple air fried asparagus
Air Fried Asparagus

 

Air Fried Asparagus

One of the best things about springtime is fresh asparagus. My favorite way to have asparagus used to be roasted, until I air fried asparagus (I am able to get more even cooking, in a faster time). Now, with asparagus being in season, my family devours Simple Air Fried Asparagus weekly. Asparagus has a bright and earthy flavor that is quite unique.

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: air fried, air fryer, asparagus, vegetable
Author: Kayla
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus about 3-4 cups worth
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable or avocado oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher or smoked salt
Instructions
  1. Remove woody ends of asparagus, usually about the last 1.5-2 inches (more if they still are dry and woody). Discard dry/woody ends. 

  2. Cut asparagus in half, place in large bowl.

  3. Pour oil and salt over asparagus, toss to coat.

  4. Separate asparagus into 2 batches (see note regarding diameter and cooking time), placing one of the batches into the air fryer basket, in a single layer.

  5. Cook asparagus at 400F in air fryer for 6-10 minutes depending on thickness of asparagus. Thinner/"pencil thick" asparagus will take closer to 6 minutes, while thicker/"thump thick" asparagus will take closer to 10 minutes. Toss asparagus half way through cooking time. You can check on your asparagus as it gets close to finishing to determine if you would like it more or less cooked.

  6. Remove from air fryer basket, and put onto plate.

  7. Repeat cooking with second batch, altering cooking time if thickness if different.

  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You will have more even cooking time if all pieces in a batch are about the same diameter. Thinner/"pencil thick" asparagus will take closer to 6 minutes, while thicker/"thump thick" asparagus will take closer to 10 minutes. I try to use asparagus that is about 1/2 inch thick, which takes me about 8 minutes. 

For this recipe, it was tested with a 5.8Qt GoWise Air Fryer. Your cooking times may vary with other air fryers.

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