Here at Ka Pai Cooking, we're all about the "easy fancy," where you get simple dishes with bold flavors and minimal expertise required.
Because at the end of the day, I believe that if we have to cook, we shouldn't have to have a degree in culinary arts to successfully make a delicious dish or feed our family a nourishing meal.
Today's recipe for air fryer asparagus wrapped in bacon is the perfect example: you'll impress everyone at the table without slaving away in the kitchen or studying a manual to get it right.
Full disclosure though: you WILL be obsessed with this tasty side dish!
(Like, even if asparagus isn't your favorite vegetable, this recipe will convert you to asparagus!)
Okay, now that I've warned you, let's chat about why bacon-wrapped asparagus is SO good.
Easy recipe: not only does this delicious side dish come together in minutes, it's also easy to serve at the table because everything is pre-portioned!
Bold flavors: buttery asparagus, salty bacon, toasted tahini, bright lemon citrus, and earthy pepper. A match made in heaven.
Lemon tahini sauce: optional but also not optional. This gorgeous 3 ingredient sauce will completely transform your juicy asparagus (and no other bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe on the internet has a sauce to go with it!)
Fancy without the work: it's the perfect side dish for your next dinner party that is sure to wow all your guests and leave them speechless
Healthier: this recipe has less saturated fat, sodium, and calories than most other bacon asparagus recipes I've seen, so you can feel good about reaching for seconds and thirds!
For the full instructions and ingredient measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray (or brush with olive oil and a pastry brush) and preheat to 400°F.
Wash and trim asparagus to get rid of the woody ends (about 1-2 inches).
Take one piece of bacon and wrap around the middle of 5-7 stalks of asparagus. (If you have thicker stalks, only do 3-5 stalks in one bundle.)
Secure with a toothpick and repeat with the remaining bacon. You should have 8 asparagus bundles per pound.
Working in batches, place bundles in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overlap.
Spray the tops with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Bonus points if you squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice on top!
Cook for 12-18 minutes until the asparagus is vibrant and the bacon is juicy and crisp.
Place on a bit of paper towels to soak up any excess oil and let cook for 5 minutes.
While the bacon-wrapped asparagus is cooking, make the tahini sauce.
Combine the tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, water, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth.
For the best results, use a mason jar and shake to emulsify!
Add some extra salt, pepper, and fresh lemon zest on top of the bacon asapragus and serve with the tahini sauce. Enjoy!
Want to make this recipe in the oven? Here's how to do it:
Let the bacon wrapped asparagus cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
I know you're going to be obsessed with this healthy bacon wrapped asparagus recipe! It's a great side dish that comes together in a couple of minutes and it's an easy way to elevate any family favorite main dish.
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