Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is an easy side dish that can be made ahead of time. Tender bundles of asparagus are wrapped in smoky bacon and roasted to perfection.
This side dish is one of our favorite asparagus recipes and is great next to almost any meal.
A Favorite Bacon Wrapped Side
- Bacon-wrapped vegetables are so tasty; what doesn’t go with bacon?
- They’re elegant and easy, and the combination of asparagus and bacon is a favorite!
- These asparagus bundles can be made up to 48 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
- Turn it into an appetizer by individually wrapping asparagus spears.
- Just like Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans, the asparagus is roasted until tender and the bacon is nice and crisp.
Ingredients & Variations
ASPARAGUS Look for deep green stalks of asparagus with a tinge of green or purple at the tips. Select bunches that are uniform in size and color for easier prep and cooking. I prefer thicker stalks for roasting but for more tender asparagus, choose thinner stalks (as they cook faster). Season the asparagus stalks with salt and black pepper before wrapping.
BACON Bacon is partially cooked in the air fryer or on the stove. Pre-cooking the bacon a bit makes sure it gets nice and crisp when it roasts. Bacon can be swapped for prosciutto (prosciutto doesn’t need to be pre-cooked).
Shortcut Tip: Purchase pre-cooked bacon to save this step. If using precooked, be sure to select thinner asparagus spears.
VARIATIONS Sprinkle the bundles with a little parmesan cheese and garlic or sweeten the bacon with brown sugar, maple syrup or honey. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or a little bit of sriracha.
How to Prepare Asparagus
- To prepare the asparagus, gently hold each end of the stalk and bend it. The woody ends of the asparagus will naturally snap off and can be discarded.
- Rinse the asparagus well, but don’t let it soak in water.
- Pat dry after rinsing, if it is wet it will steam instead of roast.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Wash & trim asparagus. Drizzle with oil and season.
- Partially cook bacon in a pan or in the air fryer (3-4 minutes).
- Wrap bundles of asparagus with bacon and secure the bacon with a toothpick.
- Roast (per the recipe below).
On the grill: After wrapping the asparagus spears with bacon, secure with a toothpick and either place directly on the grill or on a fine mesh screen or grill mat to keep the spears from falling into the grill.
In the air fryer: Air fry the bacon wrapped asparagus at 370°F for 9-11 minutes or until tender and the bacon is crisp.
Tips for an Easy Side
- Place the prepped asparagus spears on a rimmed baking sheet with oil and seasonings and toss to combine. Not only is the asparagus being seasoned, but the pan is being greased at the same time!
- Wrap the asparagus with a piece of bacon right on the pan so there is only have one dish to wash!
- For smaller spears, cook them for about 15 minutes, larger spears take about 20 minutes.
- If the bacon is not crisped enough when the asparagus is tender, broil for a few minutes before serving.
- Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Scallops – elegant but easy
- Bacon-Wrapped Chicken – Family favorite!
- Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles – use fresh or frozen beans
- Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts – sweet, salty & savory
- Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp – ready in 20 minutes
Did you make these Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus spears? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- 8 slices bacon
- 40 spears asparagus about 2 pounds regular spears
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Rinse the asparagus, dab dry and break off any woody ends.
- Place bacon in a pan and partially cook (do not crisp or brown) over medium heat for about 5 minutes or air fryer for 3-4 minutes.
- Place asparagus on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Wrap 5 asparagus spears with one slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place on the same baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bundles.
- Bake 15-20 minutes or until asparagus is tender and bacon is crisp. Broil 1 minute if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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