Bacon Wrapped Asparagus in Air Fryer!

Even if you don’t like asparagus, you will like this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe! I did not like asparagus before this recipe. Definitely make sure your asparagus is fresh though as if it is a little older it can alter the taste. Asparagus and bacon pairs well with a meat dish! Click here to see the brand of bacon I used. Not sponsored, this is just the one I used. 
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bacon wrapped asparagus on a plate

If you love bacon, check out my other bacon recipes:

If you do not have an air fryer…

If you do not have an air fryer, you can also bake these as well! I would set them for the same amount as the recipe says for the oven. They might need to cook longer if cooking in the oven though. I just prefer air frying because I think my bacon sticks better to my asparagus that way. You will be able to fit more asparagus on the pan while baking it in the oven though as the air fryer might require a few batches. 

How to trim asparagus ends:

I do not know how people do this normally, this is just how I do it. If you try to bend the bottom of an asparagus stick, there is a weak spot where it will break. Discard the small part that is stiff and breaks off. This will ensure there is no hard parts in your asparagus with bacon. This step isn’t exactly necessary though.

The first time I made these (the picture is my first time) I did not know I was supposed to break the ends off. They tasted slightly hard, but since I did not know I was supposed to break them off, then I did not think it tasted funny or anything. I always leave the top of the asparagus flower on. You can cut this part off if you wish, but then your asparagus will not be very long at all at that point.

Tips for cooking bacon in air fryer:

  • thin layer in the air fryer-the thinner layer of asparagus you lay down into the air fryer, the more evenly they will cook. If you stack them to the top of the air fryer like I did the first time, they might not cook the best.
  • use thin bacon-bacon comes in all sorts of thicknesses and lengths. For this specific recipe, it is best to use fairly thin bacon, but not too thin to where it breaks getting it out of the package. Thin bacon helps it cook more evenly around the asparagus. Your bacon does not have to be extremely long either if you trim the asparagus ends.

inline of bacon wrapped asparagus

How to make good asparagus in air fryer:

  • olive oil and season asparagus-the olive oil will ensure that the seasonings stick to it
  • wrap asparagus in bacon-I try to wrap mine as tight as possible
  • air fry-it is just that easy! See above note if you would like to cook this recipe without an air fryer

Variations of asparagus wrapped in bacon:

  • add garlic-you could sprinkle some garlic on top of this vegetable side dish if you want to.
  • double bacon-as seen in the picture, I only have one strip of bacon wrapped around my asparagus. If you wanted to wrap your bacon more tightly together and use more than one strip so that the whole asparagus is 100% covered in bacon, then you can do that as well
  • more seasonings-I typically do not season this recipe on top again as I season the asparagus itself under the bacon, but you can add any extra seasonings to the top that you would like.

Check out my other easy air fryer recipes if you have an air fryer:

 How to store air fried bacon and asparagus:

  • fridge-store this side dish in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
  • freezer-I have not tried freezing this recipe. If you would like to try it, go for it! Let me know how it goes.
bacon wrapped asparagus on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

If you don't like vegetables, you will still like this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. Asparagus with bacon is a unique combination that air fries so nicely together! This asparagus and bacon recipe would pair well with a meat dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 16 oz package of bacon thawed, sliced in half length wise
  • 1 standard size bunch of asparagus, with trimmed ends
  • olive oil
  • Seasonings: garlic salt, pepper

Instructions
 

  • Lightly drizzle asparagus with olive oil. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Using your hands, rub asparagus to ensure it is evenly coated with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Wrap an asparagus stick with bacon. Place in air fryer. Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon until gone. It is okay if they overlap in the air fryer, a little bit. Do not fill too full in the air fryer though or it could alternate cook time. You might have to air fry it in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, checking periodically to see if they are evenly cooking. They will be done when the bacon is crispy. I found that my bacon on the very top of the air fryer was getting done, and the lower level of bacon was not; so I removed the top asparagus so the bottom ones had a chance to cook better. I also stirred them around some. Serve your Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with a meat dish!

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I am not a big fan of asparagus but with proper seasoning, it can be delicious. I love this recipe because it includes bacon. The bacon fat makes the asparagus taste so much better and not to mention adds some crispness and texture. Even if you don’t love asparagus, you should try this recipe. You may be suprised too.

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