Spring time is one of my favorites! The anticipation of everything emerging, including my newly favorite food- asparagus. When we moved into our farmhouse three years ago- I tasted asparagus for the first time.
I was done after one bite. Today I’ve combined two powerhouse items. With this combo my family begs to eat asparagus at night- no joke!
Three years ago I really didn’t know what I was missing when it came to eating asparagus. We gave it a go the second year and tried grilling it with olive oil and heavy salt- it was better. But I wasn’t excited to eat it. More like it’s growing it’s free- so we better eat it deal.
This year though, I have TWO power options that make eating asparagus addicting. So much so my KIDS keep wanting it too.
As a family we are actually sad when our last batch of asparagus will hit our table this year.
If you are new around here I’ve been sharing recipes using my new Ninja Foodi! It’s an air fryer, steamer, dehydrator and pressure cooker in one. The thing is a beast and it’s right up there with the Kitchenaid mixer.
There are three things to know when preparing asparagus
Be sure you aren’t picking your asparagus past it’s prime point. You don’t want to see little seed clusters. Or when it’s pencil thin.
Make sure you are trimming it correctly. The good thing about the Ninja Foodi is the air fryer basket won’t fit asparagus unless it’s cut down- which is where you want to trim asparagus anyways.
Don’t bother peeling it unless you have a big daddy stalk. Otherwise save yourself the work and trim it to put in the air fryer.
Any air fryer will work for your asparagus as long as you combine it with the ONE key ingredient to making asparagus delicious.
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Are you ready?
It’s this bottle of garlic sunflower oil from Wegman’s. It’s so fantastic even if you don’t have a Wegman’s near you, you can order it online! It’s more expensive online than in store, in store it’s right around $7 a bottle. As a frugal girl, if we moved from a Wegman’s I’d get it online STILL!
This oil is a must have for summer veggies. It transforms the asapargus to a deliciousness.
The Ninja Foodi air fryer takes the ends of the asargus and turns it to a light crispy airy crunch. The seasonings in this oil are light and flavorful.
Regardless if you have asparagus or not the oil is a must have.
How to Prepare It
Trim you asparagus to fit in your air fryer basket.
I pour a few drops of oil over the asparagus on a plate. I use a brush to get the delicious oil over every possible piece. I add salt- heavily. If you like sweet corn and you load it up with salt- do the same thing with your asparagus.
Put it in the Ninja Foodi and hit Air fryer. Temp- 350 time is 7-8 minutes. This will depend on how crispy you like the ends. For our family we don’t want it to be mushy we still like a little bite to the stalk.
The air fryer allows the stalk to have that bite while crisping the top perfectly. When you combine the Wegman’s sunflower oil with air frying- you’ve met perfection.
I pulled the asparagus out before the salmon and ended up cooking the salmon for another five minutes.
The whole meal took about 18 minutes to cook total.
I hope you give this oil a try for your vegetables this year. If you don’t have an air fryer they have come down in price. You could grill it in tin foil with the oil and get similar results.