Quick air fryer roasted asparagus with garlic and plenty of butter is a super quick and convenient way to rustle up a delicious side dish.
Preparation takes maybe 5 minutes and cooking takes another 5 or 6 minutes which means that this recipe is a real 10 (ish) minute wonder!
Super Quick Asparagus
Asparagus is one of my favourite ingredients, but the good stuff is only around for such a short window.
But this simple method for cooking asparagus in an 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 recipe is super efficient!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I cook this asparagus in the oven rather than an air fryer?
You can follow this exact cooking method in a fan-assisted oven. The same temperatures and indeed timing although it will take around 10-12 minutes rather than 5 or 6.
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!
As a result, I would only cook this in the oven if I already had it turned on.
Can I use oil instead of butter?
Yes, that is fine, use olive oil in place of butter in the same quantities.
Do I have to add the garlic?
No, you can make this air fryer asparagus plain, or you could add some chilli flakes, or go “amandine” and throw in a handful of flake or nibbed almonds for the final 2-3 minutes.
Hey, it’s perfectly cooked quick asparagus! 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.
If you want something a little more “homely” to go with your air fryer asparagus, how about these pork fillet medallions with a Camembert sauce (pictured below).
I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.
- Kitchen knife.
- Chopping board.
- Weighing scales and or measuring spoons.
- Small tray (that fits in your air fryer) or tin foil to form a tray.
- Kitchen tongs.
Air Fryer cooked asparagus is a wonderfully quick way to perfectly cook what I think is the finest ingredient of spring and early summer!
- 350g (14-18 Medium Spears) Asparagus
- 30g (2 Tbsp) Butter
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ¼ Tsp Pepper
- Trim the woody base from the asparagus.
- Place the spears in a shallow tray that fits into your air fryer, or fold a tray from a piece of foil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Slice the garlic as finely as you can and throw over the asparagus.
- Dot over the butter over the asparagus and then sprinkle over the lemon juice.
- Place in the air fryer and cook at 200°C or 400°F for 3 minutes.
- Flip over the asparagus and then cook for a final 3 minutes.
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.