Simple Air Fryer Asparagus

Melanie Lorick
by Melanie Lorick
4 servings
13 min

It took a little while to get on the air fryer bandwagon, but I'm so glad we officially took the leap! I look forward to a lot more fun, but one trend I've noticed is how the most simple air fryer recipes are actually the best. This recipe is incredibly simple and officially one of my favorite asparagus recipes ever.

Just a little seasoning and about 10 minutes in the air fryer, you'll have delightfully tasty asparagus - and the kitchen will smell like you're enjoying a mid-summer cookout.

A few notes:

  1. Asparagus varies in width, so thicker asparagus spears might need a few extra minutes in the air fryer. I usually check the spears three-quarters of the way through cooking time to see how they're progressing.
  2. If you're a fan of snapping the bottoms of the spears, keep the bottoms and toss them in, too! They aren't as tender as the rest of the asparagus (that's the point), but they are fun little "chips." It's a great way to make sure the asparagus bottoms aren't going to waste.
  3. Depending upon the size of your air fryer, you might want to break up the recipe into 2 batches. This helps prevent overcrowding.

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Simple Air Fryer Asparagus
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 3 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 13 min
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  • 8 ounces asparagus spears
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • A few pinches of kosher salt (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • pinch of freshly-ground black pepper

Preheat the air fryer to 385ºF.
While preheating, cut about 1/2 inch off the bottom of the asparagus spears.
Line the asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, and about half the salt. Using the tips of your fingers, massage the seasoning into the spears until coated thoroughly.
Add the remaining salt and black pepper.
Once the air fryer is heated, add the spears and shake the basket to encourage them to line up side-by-side.
Fry for 10 minutes, checking after 7 minutes to shake the basket again and gauge their progression.
Enjoy warm!
  • If you decide to cook the bottoms of the asparagus, too, they cook for about 10 minutes as well.
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