Asparagus in the air fryer turns out perfectly crispy without using a ton of oil! In under 10 minutes, this awesome dish will be on the table ready to devour.

Air Fryer asparagus on a plate.

We simply cannot get enough of the air fryer at Momsdish! From air fryer salmon to air fryer baked potatoes, we love how this appliance makes food crispy and decadent without all the extra calories of frying.

Hot tip: If you don’t have an air fryer, we have a recipe for oven roasted asparagus, too!

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How to Cook Asparagus In Air Fryer

During the insanity of the week, the air fryer is an absolute savior. It makes asparagus taste delicious in a fraction of the time of other cooking methods. We love the convenience!

  • Prepare the asparagus: Rinse your asparagus spears and trim/snap off the woody ends.
  • Season in the basket: Place the spears in the air fryer basket in one layer, then liberally season with garlic parsley salt, olive oil, and fresh Parmesan cheese (use a box grater like this one).
  • Air fry the asparagus: Set the air fryer to 400℉ and cook the asparagus for about seven minutes, or until they’re golden brown and tender.

Hot tip: For a sure-fire way to evenly season the asparagus, place all the ingredients in a large bowl or in a large ziplock bag. Mix everything well, then portion out into the air fryer.

Air Fryer Asparagus Variations

This air fryer asparagus recipe requires only three ingredients. It’s the perfect basic recipe, but why not try a few variations to switch things up?

  • Bacon: Slice up a few strips of raw bacon and add them directly into the air fryer with the asparagus. The bacon cooks up wonderfully beside the asparagus! In fact, air fried bacon is one of our favorite recipes.
  • Lemon juice: A spritz of fresh lemon juice brings this dish to life. Lemon-y asparagus is a summertime classic.
  • Seasonings: Aside from garlic parsley salt, sprinkle on any of your favorite seasonings. Ground black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes are top contenders.
  • Herbs: For an herby flavor, toss the asparagus with a mixture of chopped basil, thyme, dill, or parsley when seasoning.

5 Quick Air Fried Asparagus Tips

Are you nervous about how your air fried asparagus will taste? Follow these five tips and watch your fears fly away!

  • Skip the preheating: Most recipes call for a preheated air fryer, but feel free to skip this step here! Season the fresh asparagus directly in the air fryer basket, then turn the air fryer on and cook away.
  • Trim the asparagus: Are you wondering how to trim asparagus? It’s easy — simply cut or snap off the tough, woody ends with your hands!
  • Avoid overcrowding: Make sure each spear of asparagus gets the same amount of crisp by laying them in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Look for fresh asparagus: For the best taste, opt for the freshest asparagus with a firm, bright green stalk. Avoid limp or spotted asparagus!
  • Adjust the cooking time: Depending on the air fryer and the size of the asparagus, cooking time may vary by a few minutes. Take a peek inside your air fryer basket close to the seven minute mark and cook until the spears have reached your desired tenderness.
Air fryer asparagus on a plate.

Ways To Serve

A plate of air fried asparagus is the perfect vegetable side dish to virtually any meal. Combine it with sirloin tip roast and mashed potatoes for a restaurant-quality meal. Or, serve it with grilled salmon and grilled potatoes for a lighter option.

Storing & Reheating Air Fryer Asparagus

This air fried asparagus is so good that you’re unlikely to have leftovers! But — in case you do, check out these storage and reheating guidelines for the best tasting leftovers.

  • Refrigerator: Store leftover air fryer asparagus for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Reheating: To reheat leftover asparagus, heat it in the air fryer at 400°F until sizzling and slightly crispy.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.