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Air Fryer Asparagus

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This Air Fryer Asparagus recipe is quick, easy, and healthy. Prepare your asparagus stalks with a little bit of oil, pepper, parmesan cheese and lemon zest before adding to your air fryer for a perfectly delicious side dish!

Serve alongside Air Fryer Steak, Salmon Oscar, or Classic Eggs Benedict to create a memorable meal.

Asparagus spears topped with parmesan cheese and lemon zest on a white platter with a bowl of cheese and two lemon wedges in the background.

Roasted asparagus typically takes 12 to 15 minutes in the oven, but you can cut that time down drastically in your air fryer! All you need is 5 minutes of cook time plus a couple of minutes for it to preheat, easy peasy!!

What you will need:

  • Fresh asparagus spears with the woody ends snapped off.
  • A bit of olive oil and ground black pepper from the pantry.
  • Toss with grated parmesan cheese and fresh lemon zest to really make the flavors pop.
Asparagus spears, oil, pepper, lemon zest, and parmesan cheese in white bowls.

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How to air fry asparagus:

Trim the ends of the asparagus spears by cutting 1-inch off the bottom, or hold each spear in your hands and bend until it snaps towards the bottom.

Place asparagus on a plate or bowl and toss with olive oil, black pepper, and lemon zest. Toss with your hands to coat.

Raw asparagus tossed with oil, lemon zest and pepper in a white bowl.

Spread the asparagus out evenly in the basket of an air fryer.

Raw asparagus in the air fryer basket.

Select the AIR FRY option, then set the TIME for 5 minutes and the TEMPERATURE at 400 degrees. Flip the asparagus over halfway through the cooking time.

Air Fryer 5 minutes at 400 degrees with arrows pointing to the buttons and knob.

Remove from the fryer and place on a platter or serving plates. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Air Fryer Steak and Asparagus topped with garlic butter and lemon wedges on a white plate.

As you can see the asparagus is crispy with a charred texture on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way I like it!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • For a softer texture, allow the air fryer to preheat, then add the asparagus to the basket.
  • I have not added salt to the recipe because I find parmesan cheese to be salty enough. Feel free to add a pinch of sea salt before tossing.
  • For even more flavor, drizzle with Balsamic Glaze.

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Asparagus spears topped with lemon zest and parmesan cheese laying on a white platter.

Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus recipe is quick and easy to prepare tossed with parmesan cheese, lemon zest, pepper and a bit of oil.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer roasted asparagus
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus spears ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 0.5 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1.5 ounce grated parmesan cheese Parmesano Reggiano or Asiago

Instructions

  • Trim the ends of the asparagus spears by cutting 1-inch off the bottom, or hold each spear in your hands and bend until it snaps towards the bottom.
  • Place asparagus on a plate or bowl and toss with olive oil, black pepper, and lemon zest. Toss with your hands to coat.
  • Spread the asparagus out evenly in the basket of an air fryer.
  • Select the AIR FRY option, then set the TIME for 5 minutes and the TEMPERATURE to 400 degrees. Flip the asparagus over halfway through the cooking time.
  • Remove from the fryer and place on a platter or serving plates. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

  • For a softer texture, allow the air fryer to preheat, then add the asparagus to the basket.
  • I have not added salt to the recipe because I find parmesan cheese to be salty enough. Feel free to add a pinch of sea salt before tossing.
  • For even more flavor, drizzle with Balsamic Glaze.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 949IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg

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