This Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is crispy, hearty and so flavorful! The asparagus is perfectly cooked, the bacon is extra crispy, and the flavor combination is crave worthy. This super easy Keto vegetable side dish comes together in less than 20 minutes!

Air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bacon makes everything better.
  • Eating vegetables has never been more fun or more delicious!
  • Making bacon wrapped asparagus in the air fryer makes it extra crispy.
  • Using an air fryer basket allows all of the bacon grease to run off.
  • Asparagus in the air fryer is significantly easier and quicker than cooking it in an oven or on the grill.
  • The bacon to asparagus ratio is spot on!
  • Pair with Walnut Crusted Chicken for one delicious dinner.
  • This recipe is Whole30 approved, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free and Low Carb.

Whole30 Bacon

Most bacon in grocery stores and butcher shops contains added sugar. Finding a sugar free and Whole30 approved bacon brand can be tricky. Be sure to select bacon that does NOT include any added sugars to keep it compliant. Here are some Whole30 compliant bacon brands:

  • Naked Bacon
  • Pederson’s
  • Applegate
  • Jones Dairy Farm
  • U.S. Wellness Meats
  • Smithfield

In addition to this list, there are some retailers who have their own house brand of sugar free bacon. Costco, Target and Trader Joe’s all sell sugar free bacon.

Whole30 bacon with asparagus

How To Make

Step 1

Spray air fryer basket lightly with nonstick spray.

Step 2

Chop off woody ends of asparagus spears.

Step 3

Then, slice each piece of bacon in half lengthwise.

Whole30 bacon

Step 4

Wrap each asparagus spear with slice of bacon. Repeat for remaining spears.

Asparagus with bacon

Step 5

Place in air fryer basket in one layer.

Air fryer vegetables in air fryer basket

Step 6

Then, preheat air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Air fry for 7 to 8 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

Air fried asparagus with crispy bacon

Step 8

Finally, carefully remove from air fryer and serve.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Use room temperature bacon for best results. Chilled bacon does not bend easily.
  • Wrap bacon tightly around asparagus.
  • If using an air fryer sheet instead of basket, remove bacon grease before serving.
  • Adjust air frying time to your air fryer. I use the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer which is very powerful.
  • Depending on size of asparagus and brand of air fryer, the air frying time may need up to 12 minutes.
  • This air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus does not reheat well.
  • If needing to make ahead of time, slice asparagus, wrap in bacon and store in fridge. Then, just before serving, air fry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do you air fry bacon wrapped asparagus?

Air frying time depends on the size of the asparagus and the brand of air fryer. It usually takes between 7 and 10 minutes to air fry.

Can you air fry vegetables without oil?

Yes! Just a little bit of nonstick spray is needed for air fryers.

Should you soak asparagus before cooking?

Soaking asparagus is not necessary before cooking. Wash and dry asparagus before use.

Can I use frozen asparagus?

If using frozen asparagus, thaw before use.

What are the benefits of asparagus?

Asparagus is a healthy green vegetable that has many benefits and nutrients! This low calorie and low carb vegetable is high in fiber and folate. Additionally, it is high in vitamins A, C, E and K.

Are air fried vegetables healthy?

Yes, air fried vegetables are healthy. Air fryer vegetables are a healthy side dish or addition to a meal.

Can I use turkey bacon?

Yes, but turkey bacon doesn’t get quite as crispy. In addition, turkey bacon does not wrap and bend as easily.

Bacon wrapped asparagus on a white plate

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Air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus

Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Aspargus

This Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is such a quick, easy and tasty side dish! The bacon is extra crispy, the asparagus is perfectly cooked, and it comes together easily. Serve this with your favorite protein for dinner or use as healthy meal prep!
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus, about 16 pieces
  • 8 slices bacon, room temperature
  • nonstick spray

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Instructions 

  • First, spray air fryer basket lightly with nonstick spray.
  • Chop off the woody ends of the asparagus.
  • Then, slice each piece of bacon in half lengthwise (the long way). See photo above for reference.
  • Carefully wrap each asparagus tightly with slice of bacon. Place in air fryer basket.
  • Continue for each asparagus spear.
  • Then, preheat air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until bacon is crispy and asparagus is cooked through.
  • Finally, carefully remove from air fryer and serve.

Notes

  • Use room temperature bacon for best results.  Cold bacon does not bend and wrap as easily.
  • Slice bacon lengthwise (to make 2 long pieces).
  • Wrap bacon tightly around asparagus so it does not come undone while air frying.
  • If using an air fryer sheet instead of basket, remove excess bacon grease before serving.
  • Each air fryer is different.  I use the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer and it is VERY strong!
  • Air frying time may take as long as 12 minutes depending on size of asparagus and strength of air fryer.
  • This recipe does not reheat well.  I suggest making only how much you are going to eat that day.
  • If needed, store in fridge and air fry on 390 degrees Fahnrenheit for 2 to 3 minutes to reheat.
  • Use sugar free bacon for Keto and Whole30.
Calories: 81kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 455mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1701IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 5mg

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