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Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus will be your new favorite way to enjoy asparagus! You only need 2 ingredients ( + salt and pepper) and it's ready in about 10 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 32kcal
Author: Nora Taylor

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • olive oil spray or 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Trim the chewy ends off the asparagus, about an inch or two from the bottom, either cutting them with a sharp knife or snapping with your hands.
  • Spray the bottom of the air fryer with olive oil.
  • Place the asparagus in the air fryer, in a single layer as much as possible (it's okay if some overlap a little though), and spray lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees F for 7-10 minutes, until crisp but not blackened and burned. Thin pieces will take only 7 minutes or so, while thicker pieces could take 10 or even 11 minutes, depending on their size. Check them often after 7 minutes to make sure the asparagus does not burn.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkling with some vegan parmesan, if desired. Store leftover asparagus in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, and reheat in the air fryer for about 2 minutes to re-crisp.

Notes

  1. For variation, add a few cloves of minced garlic with the asparagus as it air fries, or toss cooked asparagus with a teaspoon of sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. You could also serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  2. For oil free, simply omit all oil. But watch the asparagus carefully, as it will burn easier with no oil. It also won't get very crispy.
  3. While I prefer spray to evenly coat the asparagus without using a ton of oil, you can also simply toss it with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, then add to the air fryer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4 servings | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 858IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg