Delicious air fryer asparagus on the table in 10 minutes. Quick and easy prosciutto wrapped asparagus is not only super tasty, but healthy for you too. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic and a sprinkle of grated parmesan. Simple, mouthwatering, and delicious!
Firstly these spears would pair nicely with my pork loin (with perfect crackling) recipe. After air frying the pork loin put the asparagus on to air fry while the loin rests. I love this recipe as it is minimal in fat but maximum in taste, just like my air fryer chicken tenders.
It is amazing how a lean slice of prosciutto can elevate a humble asparagus spear. The prosciutto goes crispy, the spears get a little char on them while still staying tender.
The drizzle of balsamic and sprinkling of parmesan is optional but well worth that extra minute of work. I hope you enjoy these tasty asparagus bundles as much as I do.
A full printable recipe card can be found at the end of this post with recipe ingredient measurements and the method.
- Prosciutto: Thin long slices of prosciutto work best for this recipe. Avoid short slices as they won't wrap around the asparagus bundles as efficiently.
- Asparagus: Fresh seasonal asparagus spears, green, purple, or white.
- Olive Oil: Just a splash to scantly coat the spears. I use spray olive oil.
- Salt & Pepper (not pictured): Sprinkle with salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper to season.
Optional (not pictured) Ingredients
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze: Also known as balsamic reduction. It is thicker and slightly sweeter than balsamic vinegar with a consistency similar to maple syrup. It is perfect for drizzling over air fryer asparagus.
Parmesan Cheese: A fine grating of parmesan before serving adds a salty tang.
What to serve with air fryer asparagus bundles
Air fryer asparagus bundles are the perfect accompaniment to numerous dishes. Make them part of a shared brunch spread, serve with eggs for breakfast, or a side dish for dinner.
- A great side with Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, chicken in lemon sauce, or pork with apples and sultanas.
- Breakfast with a runny poached egg and toasted sourdough.
- As part of a lazy brunch buffet with bacon and egg pie.
- Side dish with grilled or pan fried fish, such as salmon.
- Easy and slightly fancy side for Christmas or Thanksgiving. The bundles go wonderfully with poached turkey breast.
How to make air fryer asparagus
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full method and printable version of this recipe.
How long will this recipe take me to make?
Allow 5 minutes to wash, prep and wrap the asparagus bundles. Then roast in the air fryer for 10 minutes.
Prep the asparagus bundles
Wash and trim the asparagus spears to remove any woody ends. Spray the spears with a little olive oil and then wrap bundles of 4-5 spears with a slice of prosciutto.
Air fry the asparagus
Place the bundles into the air fryer in a single layer. Cook at 180°C/360°F for 7-10 minutes (it will depend on the thickness of the spears). Turn the bundles over halfway through cooking for even browning.
Dress it up
It is completely up to you how your dress the asparagus for serving. Simply with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. A drizzle of balsamic glaze. Or go a step further and add some grated parmesan cheese.
Sara's Top Recipe Tips
Choose spears that are plump and firm, not wrinkly and limp. Check the spear ends that they are not split and dry looking. The spears should be vibrant green and the tops (asparagus crowns) are intact and firm, not wet and mushy.
If using within 1 or 2 days wrap asparagus in damp (not wet) paper towel and then in aluminium foil. Store in the crisper section of the fridge.
If keeping the asparagus longer, say up to 5 days, trim the bottom of the spears and place them in a glass or mason jar with 1-2 cms of water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and store in the fridge.
Wash asparagus well under cold running tap water, taking extra care with the crowns as this is where dirt can get trapped. Gently dry the spears and snap or cut off any woody ends. Then they are ready to cook.
Any leftover bundles can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Leftovers are unsuitable to freeze.
Air Fryer Asparagus
- Air Fryer
- 2 bunches asparagus
- 4 slices prosciutto
- olive oil or spray olive oil
- salt and pepper
- balsamic glaze
- grated parmesan
- Wash asparagus spears and remove any woody ends.
- Lightly spray spears with a little olive oil, or use 1 teaspoon of olive oil to ligtly coat the spears.
- Divide spears into 4 bundles. Wrap each bundle with a slice of prosciutto.
- Place asparagus bundles in the air fryer basket. Cook at 180°C/360°F for 7-10 minutes. Turn spears halfway through cooking.Cooking time will depend on how thick the asparagus spears are.
- Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with some freshly grated parmesan. Serve immediately.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. This recipe is not suitable to freeze.
- 1 teaspoon equals 5ml
- 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml (Nth America, NZ & UK use 15ml tablespoons)
- 1 cup equals 250ml (Nth America use 237ml)
- 4 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon