Spring has arrived, summer is coming up, and along with it Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus! Asparagus is super abundant this time of year in my area. So easy to make perfectly each time in the air fryer, this is a perfect keto or low-carb side dish or snack!
Honestly I can't make them quick enough, they disappear so quickly. In fact, just writing up this post and looking at the pictures makes me want to whip another quick batch! Totally drooling! LOL 😉 These paired perfectly with my Instant Pot Herbed Lemon Salmon. That combo makes a perfect Keto meal together!
Season the Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
First you need to trim the ends of your asparagus or gently break the ends. By breaking the ends, if you bend the asparagus gently it will naturally break the tough end of the stem off. Either way you decide to do it is perfectly fine.
Once you've done this put the asparagus on a cookie sheet or small platter. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Then season to taste with Creole seasoning or seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss the asparagus so everything gets coated with all that goodness.
Next take your pack of bacon, and cut the whole pack in half. I wrapped two spears together because mine were fairly new tender shoots with a half piece of bacon each.
The first time I tested this recipe I did it with single spears, but they were small so all you could really taste was the asparagus. Not a bad thing you might say, but I really did want to taste the asparagus too. LOL
I did not use tooth picks for my Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, because I just didn't think I needed to. Plus, who needs the extra bother? I did spiral the asparagus spears with a half slice of bacon each.
Time to cook the Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Put the Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus in your air fryer basket or tray. I added some parchment paper to the bottom of my basket. I remember Julia Child's once said when pan frying whole mushrooms that 'mushrooms don't like being crowded'. Well, neither does the Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Aspargus.
In testing this recipe, I did crowd it the first time...actually in my haste to have some I totally loaded it up. My bad, but I happily at the first test batch and it was delish! It resulted in additional cooking time to get the level of crispiness I really like.
I did not preheat my air fryer as I don't think that it should be a required step. I cooked at 400-degrees for 10 minutes and then turned the and cooked an additional 10 minutes. Just a note on cooking times - I really like crispy bacon so if you don't then you can totally adjust this cooking time down for not so crispy but still done bacon. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- 1 pound bacon cut in half
- 1 pound asparagus trimmed
- salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning or seasoned salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cut the bacon in half, and trim the ends of the asparagus.
- Drizzle olive oil on asparagus. Season with salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning. Toss to coat evenly.
- Wrap a half slice of bacon around two spears of asparagus.
- Cook in air fryer for ten minutes, and then turn and cook for an additional ten minutes. Depending on how crispy you would like your bacon you can cook it for less time.
- Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to one week.