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A plate of asparagus that was cooked in the air fryer, topped with parmesan cheese.

Air Fryer Asparagus

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Air Fryer Asparagus – an easy, fast and delicious air fryer asparagus recipe that is the perfect side dish for any meal!


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 23 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Trim the tough ends off the asparagus stalks; discard.
  3. Place asparagus on a plate and drizzle with olive oil; use hands to coat the asparagus making sure every inch is covered.
  4. Sprinkle with pepper and kosher salt; toss again. 
  5. Place asparagus in basket or tray and sprinkle with lemon zest and parmesan cheese.
  6. Let cook 6-9 minutes (see Notes). 
  7. Remove and serve immediately. 


  • Air Fryer Model: if you are using an air fryer oven model I would recommend the shorter cook time of 6-7 minutes; if you are using a basket model then I would recommend 7-9 minute cook time. 
  • Dairy-Free: to make this dairy-free simply omit the parmesan cheese or use a dairy-free substitute. 

Keywords: air fryer asparagus