grilled feta with asparagus chimichurri

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I haven’t been able to get Jessica Merchant’s chimichurri and pistachio grilled feta out of my head since it crossed my social media threshold a couple weeks ago. I’ve been on a green chimichurri kick (how 90s!) for the last month when I realized, after making some in preparation for the grilled chicken episode of The Recipe with Kenji and Deb that I never needed to let leftover parsley go to waste again. A bundle so easily makes a batch of one of the greatest of all the great fresh green sauces and I’ve been putting it on everything since… but feta. Until now.

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Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus might be the easiest recipe I’ve ever developed. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and is so good!

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This Air Fryer Asparagus might be the easiest recipe I’ve ever developed, and you know what? I’m not mad about it! Sometimes the simplest method truly is the best, and this crispy asparagus is proof of that. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and it’ll change the way you think about this sometimes polarizing veggie. Did you know asparagus takes 3 YEARS to fully mature so it looks and tastes the way you see it at the grocery store?! For that reason alone, let’s respect this ingredient, keep it simple, and truly let its flavor shine!

overhead view of asparagus on a black plate with lemon wedges.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Asparagus

Here’s what you’ll need to make air fryer asparagus:

  • Asparagus: I never have trouble finding a bunch at my local grocery store. However, prices can vary throughout the year, so take advantage of them while they are in season and sometimes on sale. Asparagus is in season during the spring and early summer from the end of March through late May or early June.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil helps keep the asparagus spears from burning. It also helps to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  • Seasoning: A mix of garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper adds just a touch of flavor that pairs well with just about any meal.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (totally optional) adds a pop of freshness!

What Else Can I Add to Air Fryer Asparagus?

I love the simplicity of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but feel free to get creative. Try:

Tips for Making Air Fryer Asparagus

  • Trim only the bottom 1/2-1 inch of the asparagus spears. These woody ends are tough and can be unpleasant to eat. Some people like to use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin at the bottom. I find that method works often, but the ends are usually still too tough for my liking.
  • Try to leave a bit of space between the spears so they crisp up rather than steaming. You may want to cook the asparagus in batches.
  • Don’t overcook the asparagus. Overcooked asparagus will go limp and soggy and turn a greyish color. When cooked asparagus turns a brilliant bright green, that typically means it’s done!
  • Serve this asparagus as soon as it has finished cooking for the best taste and crisp texture.

What to Serve with Air Fryer ASparagus

This crispy asparagus goes so well with simple, wholesome meals like Parmesan Risotto, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Honey Sriracha Tofu.

close-up view of asparagus tips on a black plate with lemon wedges.
overhead view of asparagus on a black plate with lemon wedges.
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Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus might be the easiest recipe I've ever developed. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and is so good!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.07 recipe / $1.02 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 (about 5 stalks each)
Calories 41kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus (1 lb.) $2.99
  • 1 tsp olive oil $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper $0.12
  • 1 lemon, to juice and zest (optional) $0.79

Instructions

  • Cut off the woody ends of asparagus and preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 4 minutes.
  • Combine garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper to create the seasoning blend.
  • Toss asparagus with olive oil and seasoning blend.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 3 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake.
  • Remove asparagus and spritz with a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g
asparagus spears in an air fryer.

how to make Air Fryer ASparagus – step by step photos

a bunch of asparagus with the ends cut off on a cutting board.

Cut off the woody ends of 1 lb of asparagus and preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 4 minutes.

spices and oil in separate glass bowls.

Combine 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper to create the seasoning blend.

hands tossing asparagus in a white bowl.

Toss asparagus with 1 tsp of olive oil and then the seasoning blend.

raw seasoned asparagus in an air fryer.

Place in the air fryer and air fry at 400°F for 3 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake.

cooked seasoned asparagus in an air fryer.

Remove asparagus and spritz with a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking. Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Looking for a delicious and easy vegetable side dish? This Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is the answer! The crispy bacon wrapped around this spring vegetable is out of this world tasty! In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a flavorful, low carb vegetable side that everyone will love. If you’ve been following me for…

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Looking for a delicious and easy vegetable side dish? This Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is the answer! The crispy bacon wrapped around this spring vegetable is out of this world tasty! In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a flavorful, low carb vegetable side that everyone will love.

air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus on a blue serving platter.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have a deep love for my air fryer. When I tell you we use it twice a day, I’m not exaggerating. Air Fryers are so versatile you can make tons of easy recipes in the air fryer. It’s the best way to get crispy yet tender vegetables that will make everyone in your house a veggie lover. We use ours to reheat leftovers, make snacks like Air Fryer Crispy Chickpeas or even to roast a whole chicken! This time of year, our favorite recipe in the air fryer is this crispy and delicious bacon wrapped asparagus.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: Using the air fryer is the easiest and fastest way to make bacon wrapped asparagus. It’s one of the best ways to get crispy yet tender asparagus in about 25 minutes start to finish! We’ve been sautéing asparagus with lemon for years, but once I got my air fryer several years ago, we didn’t look back. 
  • Pairs Well with Many Main Dishes: Bacon wrapped asparagus is a great side dish for many mains. Serve this recipe with mains like Simple Broiled Salmon, Pretzel Fried Chicken, Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin or this Southern Style Pork Tenderloin.
  • Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies: Anything that’s wrapped in bacon is most likely going to be a hit with kids (and adults). In addition, air frying the asparagus gives the spears the perfect crispy texture that kids love too. No soggy, limp asparagus here!

The Ingredients

bacon on a plate next to a bundle of asparagus.

If you couldn’t tell by the name, you only need two ingredients to make this recipe.

  • Asparagus: I go for thicker asparagus spears for this recipe. It helps the bacon have time to get crispy without burning your asparagus. I have tips below if you can only find thin asparagus though!
  • Bacon: Opt for a standard cut over thick cut bacon. If you use thick cut you’ll most likely end up with undercooked bacon and burnt asparagus.

How to Make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

hands snapping an asparagus spear at its natural break.

Step 1: Break or cut off the woodsy ends of asparagus. They have a natural break if you snap them at the ends. 

bacon slices cut in half on a plate.

Step 2: Cut or slice bacon in half so you have 16 pieces. 

uncooked bacon wrapped asparagus in air fryer basket.

Step 3: Starting in the middle of the asparagus, wrap the bacon around the asparagus towards the bottom allowing the top and bottom to peak out. Place asparagus in air fryer tray leaving a little space between the pieces.

cooked bacon wrapped asparagus in air fryer basket.

Step 4: Air fry at 400°F for 15-18 minutes or until bacon is starting to get crispy and asparagus is tender. 

Tips for Success

  • Choose thick asparagus. For this recipe, thicker stalks of asparagus work best. If you can only find thin stalks, you can make asparagus bundles. Wrap bacon around 3-4 asparagus spears (depending on how big they are) and air fry until bacon is cooked through and asparagus are tender.
  • Use thin strips of bacon. A standard cut bacon is the best option for bacon wrapped asparagus in the air fryer. Thick cut bacon won’t cook through and get crispy before the asparagus spears burn.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If your air fryer isn’t big enough for each asparagus spear to have a little space around it, you may want to air fry these in batches for the best crispy results.
  • Check on the asparagus. Every air fryer cooks slightly differently. Keep an eye on your asparagus to make sure everything is cooking to your liking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare bacon wrapped asparagus ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the bacon-wrapped asparagus ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook. Just make sure they are tightly wrapped or covered to prevent them from drying out.

How do I store and reheat leftover air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus?

In my opinion, bacon wrapped asparagus is best when enjoyed fresh out of the air fryer, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, reheat them in your air fryer at 400°F for a few minutes until they’re warm and crispy. You could also reheat them in the oven at the same temperature. Just remember to avoid the microwave to keep that delightful crispiness intact!

air fried bacon wrapped asparagus on blue serving platter.

More Easy Recipes with Asparagus

Air frying bacon wrapped asparagus is so easy and delicious you’ll be making this spring time veggie all the time. If you love this recipe, leave a rating and comment below!

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Bacon Wrapped Air Fried Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Air Fried Asparagus is one the simplest vegetable side you can make! The crispy bacon wrapped around this spring vegetable is out of this world tasty!
Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 206kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Break or cut off the woodsy ends of asparagus. They have a natural break if you snap them at the ends. 
  • Cut or slice bacon in half so you have 16 pieces. 
  • Starting in the middle of the asparagus, wrap the bacon around the asparagus towards the bottom allowing the top and bottom to peak out. 
  • Place asparagus in air fryer tray leaving a little space between the pieces and cook on 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until bacon is starting to get crispy and asparagus is tender. 

Notes

Choose thick cut asparagus: For this recipe, thicker stalks of asparagus work best. If you can only find thin stalks, you can make asparagus bundles. Wrap bacon around 3-4 asparagus spears (depending on how big they are) and air fry until bacon is cooked through and asparagus are tender.
Use thin strips of bacon. A standard cut bacon is the best option for bacon wrapped asparagus in the air fryer. Thick cut bacon won’t cook through and get crispy before the asparagus spears burn.
Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If your air fryer isn’t big enough for each asparagus spear to have a little space around it, you may want to air fry these in batches for best crispy results.
Check on the asparagus. Every air fryer cooks slightly differently. Keep an eye on your asparagus to make sure everything is cooking to your liking.
Make it Vegetarian: While the bacon is the star of the show in this recipe, you could absolutely leave it out if you wanted this recipe to be vegan or vegetarian. Toss the asparagus in a bit of olive oil with salt and pepper, air fry it for the same amount of time and you’ll still have a delicious result.

Nutrition

Serving: 4pieces | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 874IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg

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Classic Asparagus Quiche

This asparagus quiche recipe is a total showstopper! Flaky pastry crust, tender asparagus spears, and a savory cheese filling come…

This asparagus quiche recipe is a total showstopper! Flaky pastry crust, tender asparagus spears, and a savory cheese filling come together for a satisfying and impressive dish.

Asparagus Quiche in pie pan with feta cheese garnish.

The buttery scent of this asparagus quiche recipe in the oven may win you one or two marriage proposals—or at least it will have the neighbors wandering by to snatch up a slice! It’s packed with savory, cozy flavor, perfect for spring brunches or light dinners with a crisp glass of white wine.

Why we love this recipe: This asparagus quiche is worth every second of time for the satisfaction you’ll get from making a quiche from scratch. Plus, it’s easy to make in advance. We served it to guests who went gaga over this one. Come: let’s make quiche!

How to make this asparagus quiche recipe: an overview!

In under 2 hours, you’ve got a complete masterpiece of an asparagus quiche recipe: made completely from scratch. That includes a homemade quiche crust. Want a shortcut? You can do store-bought crust too: see below. But we highly recommend the homemade crust: it’s crispy, buttery perfection. Here’s what to expect from this process timing-wise:

Make the quiche dough20 minutes, active
Freeze the crust15 minutes, inactive
Blind bake the dough + make the filling25 minutes, active
Bake the quiche40 to 50 minutes, inactive

Here is an overview in photographs of how to make this asparagus quiche. For all the details, jump to the full recipe below.

Step 1: Blind bake the quiche crust.

Step 1: Make the quiche crust (go this quiche crust recipe for instructions). Freeze it for 15 minutes. Blind bake the crust with pie weights at 375°F for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Saute the asparagus and make the filling.

Step 2: Make the filling: sauté the asparagus. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, salt, and pepper. Place grated smoked mozzarella cheese in bottom of the crust. Pour the egg mixture over the top. Sprinkle the sauteed asparagus and feta cheese crumbles.

Step 3: Bake the quiche.

Step 3: Bake the quiche for 40 to 50 minutes at 350°F.

Tips for homemade quiche crust

Ever made a quiche crust from scratch? It’s pretty simple, but you do need a few dough-making techniques. Working with dough takes time and practice. If it’s your first time, give yourself patience and grace.

  • Use a standard 9-inch pie plate, not deep dish. Deep dish will be too thick for the filling amount here.
  • A pastry cloth can be helpful (optional). It helps for rolling out the dough so it doesn’t stick on the counter. If you don’t have one, just lightly dust the counter with flour.
  • Use the tines of a fork to decorate the edge. This is easier than a fluted edge, though either works.
  • You’ll freeze the crust 15 minutes before blind baking it. This helps the crust to hold its shape while blind baking. This freezer method shortcuts refrigerating for a few hours. (You’re welcome!)
Asparagus Quiche slice with fork.

Blind baking is key for the crust

The biggest key to making an asparagus quiche recipe is blind baking the crust. Blind baking is baking a pie crust without the filling. This makes sure that crust is perfectly firm before you add the wet filling, which is especially important for a custard pie like a quiche because the filling is so wet. If you don’t blind bake, you’ll get soggy bottom crust for sure (we did!). Here’s what to know about blind baking and how to get the perfect flaky crust:

  • Prick holes with a fork all over the crust. This is called docking the crust: it makes it puff up less while in the oven.
  • Add pie weights: like dried beans or rice! You can use ceramic pie weights (we used these) to weigh down the crust so it doesn’t get too puffy. Or, you can use dried beans or dry rice! It doesn’t harm the beans or rice: you can still cook them as normal after using them as weights.

Shortcut: use store-bought crust

Yes, you can short-cut the effort to make your homemade crust and go with a store-bought pastry crust. Any type of purchased pie crust works (we don’t have a favorite brand since we always make our own). You’ll still need to blind bake the store-bought crust! So start in the recipe below at Step 3.

Asparagus Quiche with slice out and table setting.

Make ahead instructions

Yes, it takes about 2 hours to make! But here’s the thing: only about 1 hour of it is active time. Even better: it saves VERY well. It’s so easy to make the night before, or even a few days in advance! Here’s what to do:

  • Make the entire quiche 1 to 3 days in advance. Then refrigerate it until serving!
  • Warm in a 200 degree oven for about 20 minutes before serving. It’s also delicious cold, but we like it warmed up.
  • Saves 5 days refrigerated. Wrap it in plastic or aluminum to keep it fresh.

Ways to serve asparagus quiche

This asparagus quiche recipe is a total showstopper! We served this at a spring birthday brunch for my mom and everyone went crazy over it. In fact, it was suddenly gone before we knew it! It was absolutely perfect for a festive occasion (it would be great for Easter or Mother’s Day). While recipe testing, we also ate it for dinner: which was perfect as well. Here are some ways to serve quiche:

Dietary notes

This asparagus quiche is vegetarian.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to pre-cook the asparagus?

Pre-cooking the asparagus for a few minutes is essential to ensure it’s tender throughout the quiche.

How can I avoid a soggy quiche crust?

Soggy quiche crust can happen for a few reasons. Make sure your dough is chilled before baking to prevent it from melting too quickly. It’s essential to pre-bake (blind bake) the crust for a few minutes before adding the filling.

Can I use a store-bought pie crust?

Absolutely! Using a store-bought crust is a great time-saver. Just follow the package instructions for pre-baking.

How can I tell when my quiche is done?

The quiche is done when the center is no longer jiggly and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The crust should also be golden brown.

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Classic Asparagus Quiche


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This asparagus quiche recipe is a total showstopper! Flaky pastry crust, tender asparagus spears, and a savory cheese filling come together for a satisfying and impressive dish.


Ingredients

For the quiche crust*

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

For the asparagus quiche

  • 4 ounces asparagus (about 8 thin stalks)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces (about ¾ cup) smoked mozzarella or smoked gouda, grated
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Make the quiche crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, kosher salt, and baking powder. Slice the butter into pieces, then cut it into the flour mixture using a pastry blender until a coarse meal texture is obtained. Sprinkle the ice water over the flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing gradually with fork until the dough sticks together. Add additional water by the tablespoon until the dough comes together but is not sticky. Form the dough into a ball.
  2. Roll out and freeze the dough: If you have a pastry cloth, set it up and dust it with flour; otherwise, flour a clean work surface. Put on a rolling pin cover (optional), and either way, dust the pin in flour. Roll the dough to an even 12-inch circle (which corresponds to the 9-inch pie pan). Use a rolling pin to transfer the dough to the pie pan (make sure it is standard and not deep dish). Fold the overhanging dough backwards and seal it to form a rim. Then press it with the tines of a fork to decorate the edges (see the photos). Use a fork to gently prick holes in the bottom and sides of the crust (this helps it to not puff up while blind baking). Freeze the crust for 10 minutes before blind baking. 
  3. Blind bake the crust: Remove the dough from the freezer and place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the crust. Fill the dough with pie weights (we used two sets of these), dry beans, or dry rice. Bake for 15 minutes, then carefully remove the parchment and weights and bake additional 8 minutes until the bottom is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and go to Step 5.
  4. Sauté the asparagus: Meanwhile, wash the asparagus and trim off the ends. Cut the stalks into bite-sized pieces. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the asparagus, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and a few grind black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the largest pieces are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. This depends on the thickness and maturity of the asparagus, so it’s different every time! Taste and remove when it’s just tender and still bright green, but not crunchy.
  5. Reduce the oven heat: When the crust is done blind baking, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat of the oven to 350°F. 
  6. Make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, and several grinds black pepper. Place the grated smoked mozzarella cheese in bottom of the crust. Pour the egg mixture over the top. Sprinkle the sauteed asparagus and feta cheese crumbles.
  7. Bake: Bake 40 to 50 minutes minutes, until the center is set and the top is lightly browned. Cool at least two hours. It’s easiest to make the night before, so you can refrigerate until serving. Re-warm in a 200°F oven for 20 minutes. (You can also serve it cold.) Leftovers stay for 5 days refrigerated. 

Notes

*You can also use a storebought pastry crust to shortcut some time. You’ll still need to blind bake the crust, so start with Step 3.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Smashed Potato Spring Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Crispy smashed potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I make them all of the time. They are also good in this Smashed Potato Spring Salad. The salad is made with butter lettuce, asparagus, avocado, green onion, and shaved Parmesan cheese. Top wit…

Crispy smashed potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I make them all of the time. They are also good in this Smashed Potato Spring Salad. The salad is made with butter lettuce, asparagus, avocado, green onion, and shaved Parmesan cheese. Top with the crispy smashed potatoes to create a hearty salad. The potatoes…

Salmon and Asparagus

Dinner doesn’t get easier than this! This salmon and asparagus recipe delivers a healthy and flavorful meal in under 30…

Dinner doesn’t get easier than this! This salmon and asparagus recipe delivers a healthy and flavorful meal in under 30 minutes, baked on a sheet pan with lemon for a zesty kick.

Salmon and asparagus on sheet pan with lemon slices.

We’ve got a new solution to an easy dinner that pleases everyone: this baked salmon and asparagus recipe! It’s simple and done in under 30 minutes, but tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. Roasting it up on a sheet pan with lemon slices and fresh herbs adds effortless flavor that feels fresh yet refined.

Somehow in all our years of home cooking we’d never made a sheet pan meal exactly like this, and now it’s solidly in our repertoire! Alex and I love it for healthy weeknight dinners with a wedge salad.

Salmon and asparagus recipe with bunches of asparagus and lemon slices.

Thin asparagus is key!

For this salmon and asparagus recipe, buy the thinnest asparagus you can find! Thin, young asparagus spears are more tender and sweeter than large stalks, which can be tough. We can usually find thin bunches at our local grocery or farmers markets. Thin asparagus ensures it is fully roasted once the salmon is baked.

💡Pro tip: When working with asparagus: always trim off the tough, woody bottoms of the stalks. Here’s how to trim asparagus.

What to look for when buying salmon

The other important part of this salmon and asparagus recipe is the quality of the salmon! Here are three tips:

  • Fresh salmon is best. The very best salmon is fresh from your local seafood counter, not frozen.
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms.*

*See Seafood Watch Consumer Guide for details.

How to make salmon and asparagus: step by step

For this salmon and asparagus recipe you’ll be cooking both at the same time. The asparagus should cook in about the same time as the salmon here, but you should base the timing on the salmon itself.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place trimmed asparagus on the baking sheet and toss it with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Step 2: Place salmon on the foil, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place asparagus around the salmon and place lemon wheels on top. Squeeze lemon over everything and top with fresh herbs.

Step 3: Bake 9 to 12 minutes until the asparagus is tender and the salmon is just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center).

For exact steps and quantities, go to the full recipe below.

Baking tip: Place lemon slices on the asparagus, not the salmon. Placing the lemon on top of the salmon makes the top gooey, not crispy: which is not as tasty!

Baked salmon and asparagus on foil lined sheet pan with lemon slices.

Seasoning variations

Fresh lemon and herbs is simple, yet classic. Here’s what to know about adding these seasonings to salmon and asparagus:

  • Use fresh herbs like chives, thyme, mint, basil, or whatever you have on hand! We like chives and thyme from our garden.
  • Mix it up with salmon seasoning. This homemade salmon seasoning is our favorite.

Sides to serve with salmon and asparagus

Make this baked salmon and asparagus recipe into a healthy meal by adding a salad or a whole grain. Here are some easy side dish recipes we’d pair with it:

Storing leftovers

Cooked salmon lasts up to 3 days refrigerated. It’s great as is or try it in leftover salmon recipes like salmon salad or a salmon rice bowl.

A few more salmon recipes

These salmon recipes are always a hit at our dinner table:

Dietary notes

This salmon and asparagus recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and pescatarian.

What kind of salmon should I use for salmon and asparagus?

You can use any type of salmon you like, such as Atlantic salmon, king salmon, sockeye salmon, or Coho salmon. Make sure the fillets are similar in thickness for even cooking. Sockeye salmon is typically thinner, so it will cook faster.

Can I use frozen asparagus?

We don’t recommend using frozen asparagus for this recipe, since it can come out mushy.

What if I don’t have lemons?

You can make this recipe without fresh lemon, but it really adds a pop of flavor to the asparagus.

Can I add other vegetables to the sheet pan?

Yes, but you may need to add them to the sheet pan first if they don’t cook in 9 to 12 minutes like the asparagus. For example, roasted broccoli takes 20 to 25 minutes at 450°F (230°C), and roasted green beans take 13 to 15 minutes.

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Salmon and asparagus

Easy Salmon and Asparagus


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Dinner doesn’t get easier than this! This salmon and asparagus recipe delivers a healthy and flavorful meal in under 30 minutes, baked on a sheet pan with lemon for a zesty kick.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin asparagus*
  • 1 pound salmon, wild caught if possible
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Lemon
  • Minced fresh herbs (like chives, mint or thyme), for garnish

Instructions

  1. Allow salmon to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Trim the asparagus. Place it on the baking sheet and toss it with 2 tablespoon olive oil (this also oils the foil). Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Pat the salmon dry and place it on the foil. Drizzle it with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle the salmon with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place asparagus around the salmon. Slice the lemon into wheels and place them on top of the asparagus (but not the salmon). Squeeze juice from the two ends of the lemon onto the tray. Then add the chopped fresh herbs on top of everything. 
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes until the asparagus is tender at the thickest part, and the salmon is just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center for done). If the salmon is done before the asparagus (the asparagus is thick), remove it from the tray and continue cooking just the asparagus until tender. 

Notes

*Thin asparagus is best, so try to find the thinnest you can when shopping. If all you can find is thicker asparagus, you may need a little longer to roast (up to 15 minutes). Just remove the salmon from the tray if it’s already done and finish the asparagus by itself. 

Storing leftovers: Cooked salmon lasts up to 3 days refrigerated. It’s great as is or try it in leftover salmon recipes like salmon salad or a salmon rice bowl.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Salmon and asparagus, salmon and asparagus recipe

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Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

This easy baked asparagus recipe is ready in 20 minutes and bursting with flavor. Perfectly tender-crisp with a hint of…

This easy baked asparagus recipe is ready in 20 minutes and bursting with flavor. Perfectly tender-crisp with a hint of char, it’s the veggie side you’ll crave all spring and summer long!

Baked Asparagus on plate.

What’s your favorite way to make asparagus? Here’s our favorite: this easy baked asparagus! It’s roasted in a hot oven until tender but still beautifully green. Then spritz it with lemon, the way to make this healthy veggie taste over-the-moon good. The finishing touch? Add some salty Parmesan cheese.

Yes, it’s the perfect way to eat asparagus, which can sometimes come out bland or stringy. Even better, it’s a side dish that’s simple enough to whip up while you’re in the midst of cooking easy dinner.

A few other ways to cook asparagus? Try grilled asparagus, roasted asparagus, broiled asparagus, sauteed asparagus or steamed asparagus.

How to make baked asparagus: step by step

To be honest, I was pretty iffy on asparagus growing up. The image of pushing lifeless green stalks around on my plate as a child is seared into my memory! It wasn’t until adulthood that I started to give it a chance. Even today, when asparagus isn’t cooked correctly it can send me right back to those days.

Luckily this baked asparagus recipe makes it taste so good, even our toddler gobbled it up! The lemon and Parmesan asparagus combo is a smash hit every time. How long to bake asparagus? Bake it for 10 to 15 minutes at 425°F. Here’s what to do (or go right to the recipe):

How to Cut Asparagus

Step 1: Cut the asparagus to remove the woody ends. Throw them on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Asparagus on baking sheet

Step 2: Toss the asparagus with olive oil to coat, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Baked asparagus

Step 3: Bake at 425°F for 10 to 15 minutes, until the largest stem is fork tender. The timing depends on the thickness of the stalks.

Flavor variations

We love this baked asparagus recipe most with lemon and Parmesan cheese. But there are so many ways to step it up! Here are a few ideas:

Ways to serve baked asparagus

This baked asparagus recipe is a great side dish to have as part of your repertoire because it’s so versatile. It has an elegant vibe: there’s nothing pedestrian about baked asparagus with Parmesan, right? It says, I have my stuff together. (Or whatever word you’d like to insert there.)

Another bonus for asparagus is that it’s relatively high in fiber (1 cup of cooked asparagus has 4 grams of fiber). So it’s great for pairing with a vegetable-free meal like cheesy risotto or mac and cheese. Here are a few great recipes to serve it with:

More easy side dish recipes

This baked Parmesan asparagus is part of a collection of our best vegetable side dishes! Ready to jump on the train? Let us know if you try it in the comments, or check out more of our easy asparagus recipes. Here are a few more you’ll love to make on the regular:

Dietary notes

This baked asparagus recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the Parmesan cheese or go to roasted asparagus.

Frequently asked questions

How can I tell if my asparagus is fresh?

Fresh asparagus spears should be firm and snap easily when bent near the base. The tips should be tightly closed and not flowering.

Do I need to peel asparagus before baking?

No, peeling asparagus is not necessary for most recipes, especially if the spears are thin and tender. You can cut off the woody ends about an inch from the bottom.

What are some flavor variations for baked asparagus?

This recipe is a great base for customization! Explore different flavor combinations by adding a drizzle of balsamic glaze after baking, seasoning with Old Bay or Cajun seasoning, or topping with lemon dill sauce after baking.

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Baked asparagus

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This easy baked asparagus recipe is ready in 20 minutes and bursting with flavor. Perfectly tender-crisp with a hint of char, it’s the veggie side you’ll crave all spring and summer long!


Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon (zest from half, plus slices from the other half)
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus. Add the asparagus stalks to a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, and add the kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the zest of ½ lemon and mix with your hands. Thinly slice 4 lemon wheels from the lemon, then add them right on the tray. Sprinkle everything with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until tender when pierced by a fork at the thickest part. The timing will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears (ours in the photo were done at 12 minutes). Serve immediately.

Notes

This recipe is a great base for customization! Explore different flavor combinations by seasoning with Old Bay or Cajun seasoning, adding a drizzle of balsamic glaze, or serving with lemon dill sauce.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

Keywords: Baked Asparagus, Easy Asparagus Recipe, Parmesan Asparagus, How Long to Bake Asparagus

Easy Steamed Asparagus

Making steamed asparagus unlocks the vibrant flavor and tender-crisp perfection! This simple method delivers a healthy and delicious side dish…

Making steamed asparagus unlocks the vibrant flavor and tender-crisp perfection! This simple method delivers a healthy and delicious side dish ready in minutes. It’s ideal for busy weeknights or a quick addition to any meal.

Steamed asparagus in bowl with lemon.

Looking for a quick and healthy way to cook asparagus? Try steamed asparagus. Our favorite ways to cook this veggie are lemony baked asparagus or broiled asparagus, or sauteed asparagus cooked with olive oil in a hot pan. But steaming is a great way healthy to cook vegetables and tastes great too!

What we love about this recipe: It’s quick, simple, and healthy! The spears come out bright green and crisp tender: perfect with a zing of lemon and a hint of grated Parmesan.

Gear tip

You’ll need a steamer basket or steamer pan to make this recipe. Here’s the steamer basket we recommend: it’s easy to find online!

How to make steamed asparagus: step by step

The trick to steamed asparagus is this: don’t overcook it! Because all asparagus differs in size and maturity, you’ll use a range for how long to steam it. The perfect timing for steaming this green veggie is about 2 to 5 minutes. Again, this all depends on the thickness: thin, slender asparagus steams faster than thick, tougher asparagus.

Asparagus on cutting board

Step 1: Chop the asparagus to remove the woody, tough ends. Then chop the spears into roughly 2-inch pieces.

How to steam asparagus

Step 2: Add water to a pot under the steamer basket. Add the basket and bring the water to a boil. Add the asparagus and steam with the lid on for about 2 to 5 minutes until crisp tender, taste testing with a fork to assess doneness. Make sure not to overcook.

Steamed asparagus

Step 3: Remove the asparagus to a bowl, draining away any water. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Ways to serve steamed asparagus

You can eat this steamed asparagus simply seasoned with lemon juice and zest, but there are many more serving ideas. Here are a few other options:

Steamed Asparagus in bowl with spoon.

More asparagus recipes

Love that healthy green vegetable? Here are some of our best asparagus recipes:

Dietary notes

This steamed asparagus recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

How long does it take to steam asparagus?

Thin asparagus spears only need 2-3 minutes of steaming, while thicker spears might take 4-5 minutes. The best way to tell if it’s done is to pierce a spear with a fork – it should be tender-crisp with a slight give.

What can I do with leftover steamed asparagus?

Leftover steamed asparagus can be chopped and added to omelets, frittatas, or pasta dishes. You can also toss it with a vinaigrette for a quick and refreshing salad.

Can I steam frozen asparagus?

We don’t recommend it! Frozen asparagus loses its texture, so it can become mushy when steamed.

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Steamed asparagus

Easy Steamed Asparagus


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Making steamed asparagus unlocks the vibrant flavor and tender-crisp perfection! This simple method delivers a healthy and delicious side dish ready in minutes. It’s ideal for busy weeknights or a quick addition to any meal.


Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch asparagus
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the asparagus. Chop off the tough ends of the stalks and discard them. Cut the stalks into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Boil the water: Add water to a pot so that the surface is right under the steamer basket. Add the steamer basket and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Steam: Once boiling, add the asparagus. Steam with the lid on for about 2 to 5 minutes until crisp tender at the thickest portion, taste testing with a fork to assess doneness. Take care not to overcook it.
  4. Season: Carefully remove the asparagus to a bowl, draining away any water. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Steamed asparagus, how to steam asparagus