Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus – Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe

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Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes! Using the air fryer to fix vegetables will help you get a meal on the table quickly without a lot of extra effort.

This Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper. If you want to add some extra flavoring, just use your favorite herbs and spices to make it your own!

Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus

Have you jumped on the air fryer craze?

I use my Ninja 5-in-1 Indoor Grill and Air Fryer for all sorts of dinners. It’s a life-saver when one of the kiddos wants some chicken nuggets or fried shrimp; plus I love how it revives leftover French fries into crispy wonders. Megan loves her Ninja 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Countertop Oven almost as much as we use our version! (Both of the links are affiliate links…we earn from qualified purchases but we truly love these appliances.)

While these features of air frying are great, the thing I love most is how you can transform a simple vegetable into a super quick amazing side dish.

That’s exactly what this Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus is…amazing!

Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe

With only four simple ingredients, you’ll have air fried Parmesan crusted asparagus on the table to serve along side any meal of your choice in no time.

The Parmesan Asparagus recipe is cheesy and delicious.  I love how the grated Parmesan cheese gets lightly browned and toasty which gives a whole new layer of flavor.

To get the Parmesan to form a crust on the asparagus and to actually stay on, you need a special ingredient. Mayonnaise is the perfect ingredient to help form that crunchy, cheesy Parmesan crust.

Why does mayonnaise work in this recipe?

Most air fryer recipes contain some type of oil such as olive oil. Mayonnaise is full of fat with one of the ingredients being oil. The mayo heats up and the oil separates out to help crisp up the outside of the asparagus.

Asparagus in the air fryer with parmesan cheese

It’s spring which means I have almost a pound of asparagus growing every single day. My Dad planted the most amazing asparagus patch in the middle of my yard (at the time, it was his Mom’s yard).

The asparagus grows and grows and grows for approximately one month, and then it literally goes to seed until next year.

During that month, my family eats asparagus almost every single day.

Typically, I make a very easy Microwave Asparagus recipe, or sometimes, I whip up a simple asparagus salad.

Ingredient List for Parmesan Asparagus without Olive Oil

Fresh asparagus, washed, dried and woody ends removed

Mayonnaise

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Black Pepper

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How to Make Parmesan Asparagus in the Air Fryer

  1. Wash and dry asparagus; remove and discard woody ends.
  2. Preheat air-fryer to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
  4. Arrange asparagus in air fryer pan; slather with mayonnaise mixture.
  5. Close and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until crisp tender and golden brown in color.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for air fried parmesan asparagus, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Notes About Air Fryer Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese

  • I use fresh asparagus, approximately 1 pound. More or less can be used if desired. Just eyeball the other ingredients. This recipe is hard to mess up.
  • For the mayonnaise, I use regular but you could use one with less fat or with olive oil.
  • Don’t overthink the grated Parmesan cheese. Use the cheap kind in the green plastic container.
  • Black pepper is optional.
  • For a new spin, add in some dry Ranch or Italian seasoning with the mayonnaise.
  • Want to make this in the oven? Check out this Sheet Pan Asparagus and Chicken recipe.

What does asparagus pair well with?

  1. 10-Minute Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta
  2. Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pork Roast
  3. Old Fashioned Bologna Salad
  4. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade
  5. Ground Beef and Egg Noodle Casserole 
  6. Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Steak
  7. Crock Pot Continental Chicken 
  8. Sour Cream Pork Chops
  9. The Best Chicken Salad 
  10. Ground Beef BBQ 

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Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus - Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe

Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes!  Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried parmesan crusted asparagus, air fryer asparagus with parmesan, air fryer parmesan asparagus, parmesan asparagus
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Wash, dry and trim woody ends from asparagus.
    Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes!  Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
    Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes!  Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
  • Add asparagus to air fryer, slather with mayonnaise mixture.
    Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes!  Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
  • Close air fryer and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until fork tender and golden brown.
    Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes!  Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

Notes

  • I use fresh asparagus, approximately 1 pound. More or less can be used if desired. Just eyeball the other ingredients. This recipe is hard to mess up.
  • For the mayonnaise, I use regular but you could use one with less fat or with olive oil. 
  • Don't overthink the grated Parmesan cheese. Use the cheap kind in the green plastic container.
  • Black pepper is optional. 
  • For a new spin, add in some dry Ranch Italian seasoning with the mayonnaise.
  • Want to make this in the oven? Check out this Sheet Pan Asparagus and Chicken recipe. 

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Follow these simple steps for Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus in less than ten minutes!  Air Fried Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Recipe uses fresh asparagus, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

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