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Panko Lemon Parmesan Asparagus Fries

Panko Lemon Parmesan Asparagus Fries

Panko Lemon Parmesan Asparagus fries are a delicious crispy asparagus fry recipe you can make in the oven or air fryer.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword airfryer, asparagus, crispy asparagus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 220 kcal


  • 24 Asparagus Stalks, ends trimmed Thin to medium thickness is best
  • 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Eggwhites, beaten with 2 tsp. of water
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 tbsp. Lemon Zest, divided about 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Large Garlic Clove, finely minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim the asparagus about 1 inch up from the bottom. The very bottom of asparagus is tough. You'll want to make sure to do this. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Set up a breading station with the flour on a plate, the egg whites in a shallow bowl or dish, and the Panko, Parmesan, and 1/2 of the lemon zest mixed together on the last plate.
  3. Roll the asparagus into the flour, then the egg, and then the panko mixture. Do this will all of the spears. Spray the tops with cooking spray and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden. You need to watch these as thinner spears will cook more quickly.
  4. While the asparagus fries are baking mix together the mayo, rest of the lemon zest and garlic in a small bowl.
  5. When the asparagus fries come out I like to decorate them with more lemon zest or shaved Parmesan. I also give them a nice shake of black pepper and a tiny sprinkle of kosher salt. Dip into the lemon garlic aioli sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Notes


The good news is this recipe is already vegetarian and relatively low carb.

Make it Vegan:  Replace the Parmesan Cheese with nutritional yeast or this yummy  "Parmesan" recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Make it Gluten Free:  You could purchase gluten free bread crumbs, but I'll tell you I've not worked with them for this recipe. Of course you can also get gluten free flour.  I would recommend you omit the breading and toss the asparagus with some olive oil, grated Parmesan and lemon zest. Bake it until it gets crispy on the edges (probably around the same baking time) and serve with the aioli.

Make it Low Carb:  Although bread crumbs are minimal, if you really don't want to use them I'd recommend the suggestion I have for Gluten free eaters.  This will give you all the flavor and no breading.

Nutrition Facts
Panko Lemon Parmesan Asparagus Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.