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Prepare a healthy side dish or snack with your air fryer by following this air fryer asparagus recipe.



A bundle of asparagus in a wooden bowl on a wooden table.



  • 1-1/2 cups washed, dried and trimmed thick asparagus
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, optional



  1. Preheat air fryer to 360°F.
  2. Cut asparagus spears into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Toss asparagus and oil together in a medium bowl.
  3. When air fryer is preheated, add asparagus spears to basket in one layer. Return basket to unit and cook 6 to 10 minutes. If there is too much asparagus to lie in one layer, open, remove basket and toss after 6 minutes and cook for a total of 9 to 15 minutes. Asparagus should be heated through, browning but not wilted.


Adapting Recipes for Air Frying

  • Read the manual and keep it handy as a reference for similar foods.
  • Adjust the cooking temperature from original recipe formulated for a traditional oven by lowering the oven temperature by 25F degrees.
  • Preheat the air fryer before filling the basket.
  • Add a small amount of fat to foods with little or no fat. This is not necessary for foods that already contain fat.
    • Toss low or not fat foods with a little oil.
    • When breading or battering foods spray the basket with nonstick spray, lay foods in only one layer then spray the prepared food with cooking spray. Spraying commercially frozen foods such as chicken nuggets or French fries is not necessary.
  • How you fill the basket makes a difference. Remember that foods that overlap will not be crispy. The fuller the basket, the longer the cooking time.
  • While food is in the air fryer:
    • Shake the basket every 3 to 5 minutes when cooking most foods.
    • Check for doneness early—at about the 2/3 time mark—because circulating air can cook foods more quickly.


Serves 2


Nutrition Facts  
Serving Size: 1  
Servings per Recipe: 1  
Amounts per Serving  
Calories: 33  
  % Daily Value *
Total Fat: 1 g 2%
Saturated Fat: trace 1%
Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
Sodium: 237 mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate: 5 g 2%
Dietary Fiber: 2 g 8%
Protein: 2 g  
Potassium 8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 5%

*The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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