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Overhead shot of a batch of air fryer asparagus topped with pistachios on a white plate

Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus is seasoned to perfection with lemon, garlic then topped with crunchy pistachios for the ultimate vegetable side dish for spring. The easiest way to make roasted asparagus that come out crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and all-around irresistible! Vegan, low carb, keto, gluten free, Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer asparagus, easy vegetable recipe, easy vegetable side dish, easy veggie side dish, healthy side dish, roasted asparagus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 54 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 bundle of medium to thick asparagus about 1 - 1 1/2 lbs, washed and dried
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • Fine grain sea salt or kosher salt to taste salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast , sub with 1/3 cup grated vegan or regular parmesan cheese if not dairy-free / vegan / Whole30
  • 2 teaspoons toasted pistachios roughly chopped
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish


  1. If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat to 400F.
  2. Meanwhile, snap off or trim off the woody ends of the asparagus and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
    Top view of uncooked asparagus spears on a wooden cutting board with a knife
  3. Drizzle the asparagus with oil then season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and nutritional yeast / parmesan. Use tongs to gently toss until well coated.

    Fresh asparagus stalks with seasonings in a clear mixing bowl
  4. Working in batches as needed, add the asparagus to the air fryer basket and spread into a single layer, making sure there is no overlapping.

    Air fry for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and slightly crispy on the ends, stopping to shake the basket (or rotate the pans in larger air fryers) about halfway through.

    Fresh asparagus stalks in an air fryer basket
  5. Transfer the asparagus to a large plate or serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and fresh parsley.
    Overhead shot of a batch of air fryer asparagus topped with pistachios on a white plate

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Recipe Notes

  • To Store & Reheat: Transfer cooled asparagus to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350°F Air Fryer until warmed through.
  • To Freeze: Transfer cooled asparagus to a freezer-safe container and store for up to 6 months. Reheat directly from frozen, slightly increasing the cook time and shaking the basket halfway through.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 54 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat -2g-10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.