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Air Fryer Asparagus is the perfect side dish in less than 5 minutes! Enjoy this healthy and delicious recipe with very little work.

Cooked Asparagus on a plate topped with slice lemons on a white plate
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My whole family loves when I make these Air Fryer Asparagus. The crispy texture and soft center makes for an easy side dish recipe.

This side dish is a easy low carb recipe and is ready in about 5 minutes and little prep time is needed. If you love this side dish made in the air fryer, find even more air fryer recipes to try.

Why We Love This Recipe

Using the air fryer to cook or heat our favorite foods has been a game changer for my family. We love heating our favorite vegetables in the air fryer because it is quick and easy.

If you have trouble getting you kids to eat their vegetables, place them in the air fryer. The asparagus spear come out with an amazing texture and are seasoned perfectly with amazing flavor.


Air Fryer Asparagus Ingredients - fresh asparagus, olive oil, pepper, salt
  • Fresh Asparagus
  • Olive Oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt

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Variations Ideas

Feel free to change the seasoning when making this healthy snack or side dish. Here are some suggested variations.

  • Red Pepper Flakes – This adds a hint of spice
  • Italian Seasoning – Delicious seasoning blend to add flavor
  • Chopped Bacon – Add chopped bacon when serving for a savory taste
  • Balsamic Vinegar – One of my favorite additions
  • Soy Sauce – Drizzle soy sauce over the top right before placing in the air fryer
  • Oil – Feel free to use avocado oil instead of olive oil

How to make Air Fryer Asparagus

Trimming asparagus on a cutting board

Step 1 – First, make sure to wash the asparagus stalks really good. You also want to trim the woody ends edges off the asparagus. Don’t trim much. I normally cut about 1 inch off.

Asparagus on a cutting board with bowls of salt and pepper

Step 2 – Second you brush olive oil all over the asparagus. Sprinkle the salt and pepper and that is it!  I prefer ground black pepper. Sometimes I add garlic powder and parmesan cheese too. There is no reason to be scared of asparagus because it is really that simple!

Placing the asparagus in a air fryer basket

Step 3 – Next, it is time to put the asparagus in the basket of the air fryer. Try to put it in single layer if you can so that it cooks evenly.

Cooked asparagus in the air fryer

Step 4 – Finally, cook the asparagus for only 3-5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Don’t forget that you do NOT want to preheat the air fryer so the asparagus does not over cook.

  • Step 5 – Lastly, just remove from the basket and enjoy. Yum!

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Time – If I am concerned about the time, I start with 3 minutes and then check the asparagus. If it is still not tender enough, cook it in increments of 1 minute until you get the desired tenderness. This is a great way to make sure you do not get mushy asparagus. I promise it will turn out perfectly if you use these tips.
  • Prepare Asparagus – Make sure to prepare asparagus before placing in the air fry basket.
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Do You Preheat an Air Fryer?

Not in this case. You do NOT want to preheat the air fryer when cooking asparagus because it can cause the veggie to be over cooked.

Asparagus on a platter with slice lemons

Serving Suggestions

This easy air fryer asparagus recipe can be served with many different side dishes. Feel free to add your favorite seasoning and then serve with one of these family favorite recipes.

We have even chopped it toss the leftovers in soup or made this quiche recipe.

Close up image of asparagus on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. You might also want to learn how to store asparagus to keep it fresh longer. Did you know you can actually make asparagus last longer in the fridge? Great tips!

How to Reheat

When you ready to reheat, place on a baking sheet and reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. You can also reheat in the air fryer.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze leftover asparagus. Place in a freezer safe container or a zip lock freezer bag for up to 3 months. When ready to serve again, allow asparagus to thaw overnight in the fridge.

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Air fryer asparagus

5 from 2 votes
Air fryer asparagus is the perfect side dish in less than 5 minutes! Enjoy this healthy and delicious recipe with very little work. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 26


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  • Wash the asparagus and trim the bottom edges off the asparagus (approximately 1 inch).
  • Brush the olive oil onto the asparagus and season with the salt and pepper.
  • Place the asparagus in the air fryer basket.  Cook at 400 degrees F (do not preheat the air fryer as it may cause the asparagus to be over cooked).
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus. Start with 3 minutes and then cook for an additional 1 minute at a time until the asparagus is the tenderness that you prefer.
  • Remove from the basket once done and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Watch the asparagus closely as it’s cook as it doesn’t take long to overcook. This is also great topped with fresh lemon juice once it’s done cooking! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 26kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 2g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 98mg, Potassium 154mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 572IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 19mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    I have a large family and have been using the Instant Pot Vortex Plus and it was worked great for us!

  2. Carol says:

    what is the best air fryer? I don’t where to start, I cook for 5 so I’m thinking that I need a large air fryer?