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Asparagus Air Fryer Recipe

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Air Fryer asparagus with cheese on a white plate

Perfect Asparagus in Air Fryer

I have a fail-proof way to get the perfect air fryer asparagus using this easy recipe – and it uses a simple fork.

Check on your asparagus right before the timer goes off and poke it with a fork. It’s done cooking when the fork easily pierces the vegetable. Thicker asparagus will take longer than thinner asparagus bundles so this method will result in crispy tips while the stalks stay tender every time.

Air Fryer I recommend: Large, easy to clean, square basket, burner on top and bottom. Click to see it.

Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe ingredients

  • Asparagus — You want fresh asparagus that’s bright green
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Parmesan cheese — Powdered or grated works great
  • Pepper — Add to taste
Ingredients needed to make air fried asparagus

How to Air Fry Asparagus

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

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STEP TWO: Clean your asparagus with water and pat dry. Then, cut about 1-inch off the bottom of each spear.

Raw asparagus in air fryer basket

STEP THREE: Place your asparagus in the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Sprinkle the asparagus with garlic salt plus a bit of pepper to taste before adding Parmesan cheese on top.

STEP FOUR: Air fry asparagus at 400 degrees F for 7-10 minutes and remove from the air fryer once tender, topping with parmesan cheese.

Cooked asparagus in air fryer

How long to Air Fry Asparagus?

Thin asparagus spears

Thin asparagus will cook in the air fryer in just 7 minutes.

Thick Asparagus Spears

Thick asparagus spears will take a little longer to cook and may need up to 10 minutes to be air fried.

Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe Tips

  • Air fry asparagus in a single layer for even cooking
  • Trim asparagus enough so it fits easily in the air fryer — at least 1 inch off the bottom
  • Use fresh asparagus that is bright green with a moist bottom — a woody bottom means an older asparagus pack
  • This air fryer asparagus recipe is done when you can easily poke it with a fork
  • Add more parmesan cheese on top when serving for added flavor

Can You Cook Frozen Asparagus in the Air Fryer?

Yes! Cooking frozen asparagus in the air fryer comes out delicious and is super easy to make.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees.
  2. Place the frozen asparagus in a single layer in the basket and air fry for 8 to 13 minutes until fully cooked.

You can view my frozen air fryer asparagus recipe here for tips and how to season it.

Air Fried Asparagus Variations

  • Skip the parmesan cheese and just serve with a simple salt, pepper, and garlic powder seasoning
  • Coat the asparagus in a little balsamic vinegar and soy sauce for a new flavor profile
  • Add some fresh lemon juice for an added fresh flavor
  • Use a store-bought seasoning, like this Balsamic & Roasted Onion Veggie Roaster Seasoning Blend, for an easy new way to make asparagus
  • Add some red pepper flakes to kick up the spice level
  • Try adding Italian seasoning and smoked paprika for some extra flavor
  • Cook the asparagus with bacon chunks for some added protein
Air fried asparagus on a white plate

What to Serve with Air Fryer Asparagus

Asparagus Air Fryer recipe storage

Store leftover air fried asparagus in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

How to Reheat Asparagus in Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the leftover asparagus in the basket and air frying until warmed, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Top with a little extra parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Closeup of asparagus with parmesan cheese on top

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Cooked asparagus in air fryer

Air Fried Asparagus

Samantha Erb
A delicious and healthy air fryer asparagus recipe done in less than 10 minutes.
4.55 from 59 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 18 kcal


  • 1 bundle asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese powdered or grated
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Clean asparagus and pat dry. Cut 1 inch off the bottom to take off the woody stems.
  • Lay asparagus in a single layer in air fryer and spritz with oil.
  • Sprinkle garlic salt evenly on top of asparagus. Season with pepper and then add a little Parmesan cheese across the top.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes. Thinner asparagus may cook faster.
  • Once asparagus is removed from the air fryer, add a little more Parmesan cheese to finish it off!
  • Enjoy immediately.



How to Reheat Asparagus in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
2. Place leftover asparagus in the air fryer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 74mg
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