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Air Fryer Asparagus Buttery and Quick!

Cooking asparagus in an air fryer may not be the first thing you think of but that extreme dry heat is perfect and it takes just 5-6 minutes.

Portrait image of buttery air fryer cooked asparagus with garlic slices

Super Quick Asparagus.

Asparagus is one of my favourite ingredients, but the good stuff is only around for such a short window.

As a result, I make no apologies for bombarding you with everything from stir-fried asparagus to Korean pork belly with asparagus in recent weeks.

But this simple method for cooking asparagus in and air fryer is the one that I use the most.

I’m not much one for shortcuts, but I do like being efficient and this air fryer asparagus is super efficient!

You can follow this exact cooking method in a fan assisted oven. Exactly the same temperatures and indeed timing. 

However, cooking this in the air fryer means that there is no need to preheat the oven. Which let’s face it, is a great saving for a dish that takes just 6 minutes to cook!

And because we cook it in a tray then there isn’t a need for a great clean up.

Which is the only reason why I do not use my air fryer more than I do!

Be sure not to throw away the woody stalks either. You can cook them up in a pressure cooker and turn them into soup as I do with my cream of asparagus soup.

Portrait image marmalade chicken breast swerved with buttery asparagus

Serving Suggestions.

Hey, it’s perfect quick asparagus cooked in an air fryer! So if you just want to dip these bad boys in a soft boiled egg or some hollandaise sauce, I get it!

But as far as I am concerned asparagus makes the perfect side dish.

I stick it alongside everything from marmalade chicken breast or garlic lemon chicken through to my confit duck leg bonbons.

If fish is your thing how about these lightly cured mackerel fillets that get crisped up with a blow torch? I’d also be more than happy to serve it with my sea bream fillets with a lemon crumb.

And ff you want something a little more “homely” to go with your air fryer asparagus, how about these pork fillet medallions with a cider and Camembert sauce.

Square image of buttery air fryer cooked asparagus with garlic slices
Yield: 2 Servings

Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Air Fryer cooked asparagus is a wonderfully quick way to perfectly cook what I think is the finest ingredient of spring and early summer!


  • 400 g (14 oz) Asparagus
  • 30 g (1 oz) Butter
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper


  1. Trim the woody base from the asparagus.
  2. Place the spears in a shallow tray that fits into your air fryer, or fold a tray from a piece of foil.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Slice the garlic as finely as you can and throw over the asparagus.
  1. Dot over the butter over the asparagus and then sprinkle over the lemon juice.
  2. Place in the air fryer and cook at 200°C or 400°F for 3 minutes.
  3. Flip over the asparagus and then cook for a final 3 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 707mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Sue R

Monday 27th of April 2020

Great idea! I just need to remember to use my airfryer more often and the blow torch too. I only ever thought to use it on creme brulee so far.

Brian Jones

Monday 27th of April 2020

I have been very impressed with my air fryer, it does not get as much of an outing here but I use it all the time for stuff like wedges, wings, and other stuff I would chuck in the oven for 20 or 30 minutes. It is so efficient, we are electricity only in our village so preheating an oven is a costly and time-consuming process, the air fryer skips all of that.

As for the blow torch, I love mine, it is a big industrial thing, use it to add a char to stuff like tikka to naan breads, I even crisp the skin of cured mackerel with it.

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