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asparagus spears cooked in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Asparagus

  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 4 side servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Easy Air Fryer Asparagus is a quick and convenient side dish. Tossed in simple seasonings and cooked in under 10 minutes, the tender green spears are finished with a heavenly vegan garlic butter sauce to take every bite to the next level!


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil ( a drizzle)

  • Pinch of salt and cracked black pepper

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (not powder)

  • Lemon wedges and/or balsamic glaze (for serving)


  1. Add the butter and garlic to a small ramekin (make sure it's microwave safe) and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in the garlic salt.

  2. Pour the cooked asparagus out onto a serving platter and toss with the garlic butter. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

  3. Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy! For photos, suggestions, tips and more see above post.


  • More topping ideas: toasted slivered almonds, nutritional yeast, everything bagel seasoning, chili flakes for a little heat, vegan hollandaise, etc.. For more ideas see above post.
  • For oil free asparagus omit the oil and butter. Heat the garlic with a wee bit of veggie broth instead.
  • Oven baked: preheat oven to 425° add the asparagus to a parchment lined baking sheet Toss with the oil and salt and pepper. Spread out and roast for 10-20 minutes depending on thickness of asparagus and preferred doneness.
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 Minutes
  • Category: Snacks & Sides
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian

Keywords: air fryer asparagus, air fried asparagus