Indulge in a culinary delight with Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus, a harmonious marriage of savory bacon and crisp-tender asparagus that perfectly showcases the capabilities of the air fryer. This simple yet elegant appetizer or side dish encapsulates the essence of flavor and convenience, transforming basic ingredients into a delightful culinary creation.
The preparation is straightforward—each asparagus spear is lovingly enveloped in a thin slice of bacon, creating a flavorful union that promises a delightful play of textures. As the bacon-wrapped bundles find their way into the preheated air fryer, the magic begins. The high heat ensures that the bacon becomes irresistibly crispy, while the asparagus retains its natural tenderness.
For an extra touch of flavor and a golden finish, a light brush of olive oil is optional but recommended. The result is a symphony of taste—smoky, salty bacon perfectly complementing the earthy freshness of the asparagus. A sprinkling of salt and pepper enhances the flavors, providing a balance that elevates this simple yet indulgent dish.
As the air fryer works its magic, the kitchen fills with the tempting aroma of sizzling bacon and roasting asparagus. In just 10-12 minutes, the Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus emerges as a visually appealing and palate-pleasing creation. The bacon is perfectly crisp, the asparagus tender, and the combination creates a mouthwatering experience.
Serve these delectable bacon-wrapped bundles hot, either as an impressive appetizer for gatherings or as a flavorful side dish to accompany your main course. With the air fryer at your disposal, achieving a perfect balance of flavors and textures has never been easier, making this recipe a delightful addition to your repertoire of quick and delicious air-fried creations.
Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus:
- 1 bunch of fresh asparagus spears (about 1 pound)
- 8-10 slices of bacon
- Olive oil (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
- Prepare the Asparagus: Trim the tough ends of the asparagus spears. Drizzle with olive oil if desired and season with salt and pepper.
- Wrap with Bacon: Wrap each asparagus spear with a slice of bacon, ensuring it’s fully covered. You can secure the ends with toothpicks if needed.
- Arrange in the Air Fryer: Place the bacon-wrapped asparagus in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching.
- Air Fry: Air fry at 400°F (200°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the asparagus is tender, flipping halfway through.
- Serve: Once done, remove the bacon-wrapped asparagus from the air fryer and serve hot.
Nutrition (Approximate values for a serving):
- Calories: Around 150-200 kcal
- Protein: Approximately 8-10 grams
- Total Fat: About 10-15 grams
- Saturated Fat: Around 3-5 grams
- Unsaturated Fat: About 5-8 grams
- Carbohydrates: Approximately 5-10 grams
- Fiber: Around 2-3 grams
- Sugars: Less than 1 gram
- Sodium: Varies based on added salt and bacon