This Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe is so delicious, and you’ll love how easy it is to make in just 10 Minutes! It’s a great side dish to pair with almost any entree, and everyone will love this.
This a wonderful and elegant vegetable dish to serve on almost any occasion.
🍽️ Why This Recipe Works
- Air Fried
- Simple Prep
- Quick Cook Time
- Great side dish or appetizer
- Family friendly
The two main ingredients in this recipe are asparagus and bacon, both of which are delicious by themselves, but let’s talk about them for a second.
Asparagus – This spring veggie is closely related to the lily family and shoots up like an allium or onions. They are very quick growing perennial that are served all year around.
Asparagus is perfect to eat alone or in salads and stir-fries, but are even better when paired with crispy bacon.
Bacon – Bacon is salt cured pork that is made from pork belly. It is then sliced and sold either in thin or thick cuts.
Grab my Free Printable for Air Fryer Cooking Times. A great starter guide.
Sometimes eating an excellent side dish is better than the main course! I could eat this one all day long!
I love the flavor combination of the asparagus and bacon! Let’s get started so you can be digging into your own batch soon.
Step One : Prepare the asparagus by washing and trimming it. Then set it out on paper towels so it can dry. Place the asparagus on a plate and give it a spray or two with olive oil.
Add some garlic salt and seasoned pepper. Then sprinkle on the parmesan cheese. Wrap two or three stems with the bacon.
Step Two: Put it in the air fryer and turn it to 400 degrees. Cook them for five minutes, then use some kitchen tongs to turn them over.
Cook for an additional five minutes. It’s done when the bacon is crispy and cooked to your liking. Take it out of the air fryer and serve. Enjoy!
🥄 Meal Prep Instructions
If you are hosting a dinner party or want to do a little bit of meal prep, then you will be glad to know that this is easy to meal prep.
Prepare the asparagus, wrap it with bacon and place it in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking. This is great if you are simply trying to save yourself time later, or you are making very large batches.
If you do go ahead and cook it and have leftovers, reheat it in the air fryer or oven before eating. The asparagus may be soggy if you microwave it.
🌡️ Freezer-Friendly Instructions
Flash freezing is the best way to save it for the long term. Go ahead and cook as instructed. Then, lay the pieces on a baking sheet and freeze for up to three hours.
Take the frozen bundles and put them in an airtight bag or container. They will last up to three months in the freezer.
To serve, reheat it in the air fryer or in your oven. This will crisp the bacon backup and will taste almost as good as the first day you made it.
🍽️ Advantages Of Using An Air Fryer
Okay, so I happen to love a lot of kitchen gadgets, but an air fryer has stolen my heart! For real, it makes my food so yummy, and I always get compliments when I cook with it. Here are a few advantages I think you will love to know about:
- Cleaning it is easy. You don’t have to worry about having another appliance that’s a huge pain to clean. You can wipe it out with soap and water, and it’s a breeze.
- Food is much healthier than typical frying. Granted, if you are cooking unhealthy foods, they will still be unhealthy! However, if you are trying to be healthier, then frying veggies and meats in the air fryer is a wonderful option. Save on calories by avoiding the oil!
- They cook food fast. The air circulation cooks the food much faster. The food is hot and delicious too.
- You can cook all sorts of food. Anything from pre-packaged french fries all the way to steak can easily be made in an air fryer. This is one majorly versatile appliance.
You can even make a few substitutions if you want as well.
- Turkey Bacon – If you love turkey bacon’s flavor, consider swapping the regular bacon for turkey bacon. It’s healthy and flavorful too.
- Prosciutto – Adding prosciutto is a tasty way to change up the flavor a little bit. Try it, and you’re bound to be impressed.
- Mozzarella Cheese – Swap out the parmesan for some mozzarella instead. It is so good!
📌 Expert Tips
I suggest using thinly sliced bacon for this one as the thicker bacon will take longer to cook and then the asparagus will be possibly overcooked.
If you want to make these bite-size for a game day appetizer, cut the asparagus in half and cook it that way so it’s a two bite appetizer.
👩🍳 Recipe FAQs
Yes, you want it to be fresh and firm. If your asparagus is limp, skip it and wait another day. This isn’t the recipe for expiring asparagus.
No, I wouldn’t as it needs to be defrosted and then it will not be crisp.
This is a tough question as the bacon is NOT nutritious but the asparagus is packed with nutrients like vitamin A, C and K along with a lot of fiber.
Absolutely! You can make this exact same recipe in the Ninja Foodi. Just opt for the crisping lid.
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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Air Fryer
- 1 bunch Asparagus
- 12 slices Bacon
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
- Spray Olive Oil substitute with Avocado Oil
- Coarse Ground Garlic Salt w/Parsley
- Wash and trim the asparagus, and dry on paper towels.
- Lay the asparagus on a plate, and spray lightly with the Spray Olive Oil. Substitute with Avocado Oil, but refrain from using non stick spray.
- Sprinkle a little garlic salt and seasoned pepper on the Asparagus, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. (Alternatively, you could sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese at the end)
- Take two or three stems of Asparagus, and wrap with bacon. Place it in the Air Fryer.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping over at the halfway point. Always check early.