Asparagus is available all year, but it’s best in spring, and we love finding new ways to eat it. Simply roasted remains a favorite, but adding a crispy element to turn it into baked asparagus fries may be even better.
We must give credit where it’s due—this is a prime example of community-sourced goodness: AngelalD posted this recipe for panko-coated asparagus “fries” on our General Topics board many years ago, in a discussion about current food obsessions. They remain just as delicious now, good enough for kids and other veggie skeptics (“Husband loved them!” AngelalD notes) to become converts.
They’re also super easy to make. And you can either bake them or use an air fryer if you prefer.
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Here’s What You Need to Make Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries:
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Steps to Making Asparagus Fries:
1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and set aside.
2. Prepare your dredging station. Place flour in one shallow dish large enough to allow you to fit the asparagus spears in it (not necessarily all at once, but it should be big enough to accommodate their full length). Ditto your beaten eggs. In a third large, shallow dish, mix the panko, parmesan, salt, and pepper together.
3. Dredge the asparagus in the flour. It’s OK if the asparagus is slightly wet from being rinsed, as that helps the flour stick, but it shouldn’t be drenched and dripping.
4. Dip the flour-dredged asparagus in the beaten egg.
5. Coat the asparagus with the panko-parmesan mixture.
6. Transfer to the wire rack set on the baking sheet.
7. Once all asparagus is dredged, bake until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes. Serve immediately.
Air Fryer Option
Though you may not be able to fit as many spears in your air fryer, you can prepare these asparagus fries as directed through step 5, then cook them at about 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes in your air fryer (flip them over halfway through cooking).
What to Serve with Asparagus Fries
While they’re absolutely great on their own, it’s also not a bad idea to offer a bowl of aioli on the side for dipping…
Related Video: How to Choose & Store Asparagus
Photos and styling by Chris Rochelle.