Delicious air fried asparagus
This easy air fryer asparagus recipe comes together in less than ten minutes. If you’re new to using the air fryer, this is a great recipe to get you started. Olive oil, salt and garlic powder come together as the perfect asparagus seasoning. Quick and easy side dish that goes with many different meals.
Ingredients and directions
This is one of the quickest and easiest side dishes you’ll ever make. It only has five ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Cherry tomatoes (optional)
How to roast asparagus in an air fryer
To make asparagus in the air fryer, just prepare and clean the asparagus first, more on that below. Then season with olive oil, salt and garlic powder.
Add to the air fryer for 7 minutes at 400 degrees. Then add the optional cherry tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
This recipe is
- gluten free
- quick and easy
Is asparagus healthy?
Asparagus is really healthy for us. Any time you can get more greens into your diet, it’s a win.
Asparagus is full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, K, C and E, potassium and phosphorous.
What type of air fryer should I use?
You can use any air fryer that you want. What I personally use is the AICOOK instant pot air fryer lid. I love this because I didn’t have to buy a whole new appliance to take up space in my cupboards.
It’s perfect if you have a small kitchen with limited space.
I could just use an appliance I already had and loved, the instant pot!
Air fryers are amazing to use because it uses less energy to heat up, and it doesn’t heat up your whole house. It’s great for cooking on hot days.
How to clean and prep asparagus
Since asparagus grows near the ground, and the tips of asparagus have a lot of crevices, dirt and grit can get caught in the tips. It’s important to rinse the tips of the asparagus very well before cooking.
Run the tips under water for at least a minute, gently rubbing the tips.
You can also fill up a large mason jar with water and store the asparagus upside down (tips in the water) for a few hours. This helps the grit to sink to the bottom of the mason jar.
The other end of the asparagus are always woody and chewy. Always make sure to trip and inch or so off the ends of the asparagus, to keep it nice and crunchy, instead of chewy.
How long does cooked asparagus last?
Cooked asparagus will last in an air tight container in the fridge for about five days.
Can you freeze asparagus?
Absolutely! Just follow the recipe below. Then after the asparagus is cooked, let it completely cool.
Store in an air tight container or freezer ziploc bag. You can also use a re-usable silicone freezer bag, if you want to cut down on waste. Cooked asparagus will last in the freezer for 10-12 months.
When you’re ready to eat it, just let it thaw in the fridge, then heat it up in the oven, microwave or saute it on the stove.
Can I make this in the oven?
Absolutely! If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this in the oven by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees.
Add the seasoned and oiled asparagus to a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Can I make this oil free?
You can absolutely make this oil free. It won’t taste as rich and delicious, but it will be healthier for you.
Just rinse off the asparagus so it’s damp, then add the garlic powder and salt and mix well. Then follow the rest of the instructions for cooking the asparagus in the air fryer.
As long as the asparagus is well seasoned, it will taste delicious, especially if it’s in season, around the spring time.
What to serve with asparagus
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Easy air fryer asparagus
- Air fryer
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cherry tomatoes (optional)
- Rinse the asparagus very well. The tips can collect grit and dirt. I like to fill up a large cup or mason jar with water, and store the asparagus upside down (tips in the water) for a few hours, to let the dirt rinse out. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the asparagus, salt, olive oil and garlic powder and mix well
- Let your air fryer pre-heat to 400 degrees. Then add the asparagus to the air fryer and cook for 7 minutes.
- Add in the cherry tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes, or until the tomatoes are blistered.
- Plate up and enjoy! These cool quickly, so eat as soon as they come out of the air fryer.
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