This easy air fryer asparagus recipe is perfect when you need a quick and healthy side dish. A delicious roasted vegetable side fast enough for weeknight dinners? Yes, please!
If you have not roasted asparagus in your air fryer yet, you will love this recipe! You can grill them or roast them in the oven, but the air fryer is even quicker and easier.
The secret to perfectly cooked asparagus is getting a slight char on the edges without overcooking the stalks. The air fryer is perfect for this because the heat circulates all the way around each asparagus spear, cooking them perfectly in just a few minutes.
Here’s what you’ll need
Start with a fresh bundle of asparagus stalks, they should be firm and bright green in color. If you need to store them in the refrigerator for a few days before cooking, stand them up in a glass jar with a little water in the bottom and the vegetable bag loosely over the top.
To trim the stalks, use the snap to tell you how much to cut off the bottom. Just hold a spear on each end and bed it until the woody end snaps off the bottom of the stalk. You can use this as a guide to cut the rest of the stalks, or skip the knife altogether and just snap the bottom off of the whole bunch.
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While you’re prepping the asparagus, be sure to pre-heat your air fryer. For my air fryer, it’s just a matter of setting the temperature and letting it run for 5 minutes before adding the trimmed stalks.
All you need to add to roast the asparagus spears are olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper. Toss the spears with the oil, salt, and pepper on a plate then place them in your preheated air fryer basket. Make sure they are spread in a single layer. You want the hot air to circulate all the way around them so they roast, not steam.
Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the spears in batches if you have too many for a single layer. You can also add a rack to your air fryer basket so you can cook twice as many at the same time.
Cook the spears for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how thick they are, until they start to brown on the edges and they are just cooked through. Be sure to shake the air fryer basket halfway through so the asparagus cooks evenly.
Once they’re cooked, they are ready to serve. You can sprinkle them with a little coarse salt for crunch if you like. They make a perfect quick and easy weeknight side dish to chicken, salmon, or steak. Especially when served up with a side of cauliflower mashed potatoes.
To take your asparagus up a notch, try a few of these extras:
No matter how you serve them, air fried asparagus will be the quickest and easiest roasted vegetable side dish you’ve ever made!