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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!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

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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Sauteed Asparagus

Sauteed asparagus is a healthy easy side dish perfect for spring! Tender spears are cooked in olive oil with salt, pepper, and lemon. Simple yet vibrant! Vegan.

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