Cooking asparagus in the air fryer requires just 2 simple ingredients (plus salt and pepper), and is ready in a fraction of the time that it would take to oven roast it. This Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus will be your favorite way to cook asparagus from now on!
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Asparagus is so simple to prepare, and it’s one of my favorite healthy veggies.
How to Roast Asparagus in the Air Fryer makes it even easier than in the oven, the quick and easy way to cook this earthy and delicious green veggie.
Roasted asparagus is so tender and flavorful. So I thought I’d share how to air fry it – just a nice simple easy to make recipe.
Want instructions on how to roast it in the oven?
Favorite side dish
Roasted Asparagus is a healthy and delicious favorite side dish for dinner, lunch, brunch, or breakfast!
In about 5 minutes the air fryer asparagus is lightly crispy on the ends, and tender in the middle.
This Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus will be your new favorite side dish!
I’ve always loved asparagus when it’s simply prepared with a small amount oil and sprinkle of salt.
That simple roasting allows the flavor of asparagus to really shine. If you want, you can squeeze a lemon wedge over the asparagus after it’s cooked too.
Roasted the asparagus in the air fryer means that you can enjoy delicious roasted asparagus in a fraction of time that traditional oven roasting method requires.
How to serve roasted asparagus
It makes a great simple veggie side dish, just as is.
Pair it with grilled fish for a fancy yet simple and healthy dinner. Like Seared Tuna over asparagus and potato puree, or serve it with Salmon and blueberry sauce, or some simple cedar plank grilled salmon.
Mix it into a breakfast omelet.
Add it to veggie soup.
Roasted asparagus is great in all kinds of dishes.
Want to kick up the seasonings a bit?
Try adding some herbs and spices.
Some of my favorites are fresh thyme, rosemary, and garlic powder.
Make Cajun spiced asparagus by tossing it in Cajun seasonings.
Try making Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Asparagus by Sprinkling Parmesan over the top before cooking, or add some salty cheesy flavor by sprinkling the Parmesan over the top after cooking.
Why is there a range of cooking times?
The cooking time on the asparagus will vary based on the size of the asparagus and the model of the air fryer.
See lower in the post for tips on which thickness of asparagus to buy. But know that the thicker the asparagus, the longer it will take to cook all the way through. Thinner stems can be done in as little as 5 minutes, while thicker stems will cook for 6-8 minutes.
Also, air fryer temperatures can range based on the make and model of the machine.
I recommend starting out with less cooking time, checking for doneness, and then adding more time as needed.
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Choosing which asparagus to buy
The fatter, more mature, asparagus stalks are better for roasting, and are usually meatier in texture with a stronger flavor than the skinny ones. However, thin stems are typically more tender and sweeter than the bigger, fatter spears. I have used both for roasting, and like the results of either.
Choose asparagus stalks that have tightly closed flower heads (buds); ones that are open and loose are older and won’t be as good.
Look for bright green or violet-tinged spears. And you want asparagus with firm (not limp) stems that don’t wilt when you hold them upright.
Keep it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator so it will last longer, that is, until you roast it.
If you won’t be cooking and eating the asparagus for several days, cut off about one inch of the stalks at the bottom, and put the asparagus upright in a jar filled with a little bit of water. Cover the jar with a plastic bag and store it in the fridge. If the water starts to get cloudy, pour it out and replace it with fresh water, just like you would a vase full of flowers.
Check out my other great air fryer recipes
I love the air fryer, so I made a collection of air fryer and Instant pot recipes. You’ll find lots of great recipes listed there like Chili Lime Cod, Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Roasted Broccoli, and Kung Pao Shrimp.
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Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe
Air Fryer Asparagus
- 1 pound fresh asparagus
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Prepare asparagus: The woody root end of the asparagus needs to be snapped off before cooking. Take the end of the asparagus between your thumb and forefinger and bend until it breaks; the asparagus breaks (or snap where the woody part ends and the fresh delicious juicy asparagus begins).
- Place the asparagus onto a plate. Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus. Sprinkle kosher salt and ground black pepper over the top, then toss to coat the asparagus. Make sure to coat the asparagus tips so they don’t burn or dry out too fast.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400° F.
- Place the spears into the air fryer basket and close. Cook for 5-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus. Shake the basket half way through roasting.
- Once the time is up, remove the basket, and serve the asparagus.