Baked Asparagus Fries with Creamy Lemon Sauce

Baked Asparagus Fries (via Abeautifulmess.com) Confession: when I travel and have a long layover during an appropriate mealtime, I always rejoice when I see a TGI Fridays. Why? Green bean fries, man. I love them!

Do you like how I keep my green bean fry obsession only during “appropriate mealtimes?” If it’s before 10am, then I go for the Auntie Anne’s pretzel. Breakfast of champions.

Baked Asparagus Fries (via Abeautifulmess.com) OK. So, I may have some questionable travel habits. I’ll admit it. But there is nothing questionable about these baked asparagus fries. So good and (I’m sure) so much better for you than those deep fried things I’m obsessed with. I was actually going to make green bean fries, but I found I had some ripe asparagus readily available in the refrigerator. So I decided to try using that instead, and I’m so glad I did! I’m pretty sure this is my new favorite way to eat asparagus.

How to Make Baked Asparagus Fries (via Abeautifulmess.com)Baked Asparagus Fries, serves 4-5 as an appetizer.

bushel of fresh asparagus, woody ends removed
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 cup bread crumbs (I actually prefer a more traditional crumb to Panko here. Just FYI.)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (go for the powdery kind)
2 eggs

Toss the asparagus in the corn starch. You can do this in a large bowl or in a sealed gallon size ziplock bag.

In a large, shallow bowl or plate with a lip, whisk one egg. In another large, shallow bowl or plate with a lip, combine 1/2 cup bread crumbs with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Dip the asparagus in the egg, then into the bread crumbs. Set on a plate until you’ve dipped all of them. About half way through I like to refresh my egg and bread crumb plates because clumps will begin to form. You want a thin, non-clumpy coat of each of these elements on the asparagus before they go in the oven. So don’t be afraid to clean off those bowls or plates and refresh if you need.

Coat a baking sheet in 2-3 teaspoons olive oil. Use your (clean) hands to spread the oil so the whole sheet is covered. This will help the asparagus to not stick while they bake.

Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. After the first 8-10 minutes, remove from the oven and flip the asparagus over before continuing to bake.

Creamy lemon sauceWhile those bake, it’s time to make our creamy lemon sauce. Guess what? There’s only two ingredients plus seasoning needed. Whisk together 1/2 cup mayo with the juice from one lemon. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. Easy right?!

Baked Asparagus Fries (via Abeautifulmess.com) Serve these warm with the dipping sauce. Enjoy and happy snacking! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Baked Asparagus Fries

Ingredients

  • bushel of fresh asparagus woody ends removed
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 cup bread crumbs I actually prefer a more traditional crumb to Panko here. Just FYI.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese go for the powdery kind
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Toss the asparagus in the corn starch. You can do this in a large bowl or in a sealed gallon size ziplock bag.
  2. In a large, shallow bowl or plate with a lip, whisk one egg. In another large, shallow bowl or plate with a lip, combine 1/2 cup bread crumbs with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Dip the asparagus in the egg, then into the bread crumbs. Set on a plate until you've dipped all of them. About half way through I like to refresh my egg and bread crumb plates because clumps will begin to form. You want a thin, non-clumpy coat of each of these elements on the asparagus before they go in the oven. So don't be afraid to clean off those bowls or plates and refresh if you need.
  3. Coat a baking sheet in 2-3 teaspoons olive oil. Use your (clean) hands to spread the oil so the whole sheet is covered. This will help the asparagus to not stick while they bake.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. After the first 8-10 minutes, remove from the oven and flip the asparagus over before continuing to bake.
  5. While those bake, it's time to make our creamy lemon sauce. Guess what? There's only two ingredients plus seasoning needed. Whisk together 1/2 cup mayo with the juice from one lemon. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Definitely going to have to give these a try! I have to say, though, I think you mean “bunch,” not “bushel.” That would be quite a lot of asparagus!

  • A BUSHEL? Do you realize how much asparagus that is? You must mean a smaller amount.

  • Never seen asparagus done like this – will definitely give it a try!

    She Moves On

  • I was just looking at the asparagus in my fridge and wondering what to do with it…I am totally going to make this!

  • Awesome idea for an appetizer and easy to make also. Thanks for the recipe
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  • ooohhh, it looks sooo yummy!!! I can’t wait when I’ll try my own=))

  • These look so good! I think my husband would even eat veggies if they were this tasty every night!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Why have I never thought of this before? This sounds and looks delicious, can’t wait to make a batch of this with some sweet potato fries as well! 🙂
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  • This is such a great idea! I love baked asparagus fries with seasoned sour cream. Such a great combo! 🙂

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  • I had some asparagus left from the weekend so I made these last night. My husband loved them! I really like the dipping sauce – not too sweet, not too tart (I added 2 tbsp lemon juice to the mayo).

    The asparagus I had were very thin stalks so the coating didn’t adhere as well as pictured. Next time I would buy asparagus that is a little thicker.

  • mmmm!! The perfect seasonal recipe!!! And I love lemon mayo… have you tried it with fish? I think they belong together!
    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

  • No no no. These look too sinfully delicious to shar ewith my friends.

  • Uhmm, perfect, as I have been looking for new ways to serve this awesome vegetable:-)

  • This looks so good, I need to try it soon 🙂

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  • Ohhhh I am saving this one, for sure! And, green bean fries?? WHY am I just now hearing about this??

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  • These look amazing. I’m going to try.
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  • That looks so delicious! We have asparagus growing in the wild at my parents place, so next time I am home I will be making this for sure! xx

  • What the heck? These look delicious! I need to try it. Looks so good. Hi.

  • I usually hate asparagus. But this recipe looks tempting enough to give it another try!

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  • Ah these look so delicious! I fell in love with asparagus just a few months ago and ever since I just can’t get enough. Now I guess I just have to wait until it comes into season so I can buy a tonne more of it.

    The White Corner Creative

  • These look great! We are already big fans of roasted asparagus in my house, and usually end up eating it like fries anyway. This looks like a tasty way to mix it up, and the dipping sauce sounds yum. I’m adding this to my Pepperplate app. Thanks!

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  • This is great! We love roasted asparagus in our house, and always end up eating them with our fingers like fries. This looks like a very tasty way to mix it up, and the dipping sauce looks yum. Adding to my Pepperplate app. Thanks!

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  • We love asparagus in my house and this looks amazing.. and perfect to go along with summer grilling recipes! Pinning!

  • I love it! I’ve tried making something similar to this before and it didn’t work so I’ll be following this recipe next time! I have a feeling these will be my new guilty pleasure, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Lucy xoxo

    lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • Never mind, I created a vegan version that I thought of myself. For the creamy lemon sauce, replace with veganaise. For the actual asparagus fries, use a little coconut oil with the breadcrumbs (make sure it’s vegan, of course, most are!)

    Thanks for the concept! Love it and am baking them in the oven right now:-)

    Laurali Star

  • This is definitely the best way to enjoy asparagus! I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this recipe.

    Happy Tuesday 🙂
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  • Bad habits totally don’t count when you’re travelling, right?? These look amazing. Hello spring!

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  • This looks so delicious and easy! I just moved this week and have only a sheet pan and a few other dishes with me right now, but I could totally make this with what I have! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ooooo….now you are speaking my love language!! This combines a lot of my favorite flavors. I will definitely be trying this one!

  • This weekend is the asparagus festival in Stockton, California. I need some asparagus in my life!!!
    The Pepper Express

  • I’d like to try the vegan version of something like this. Any suggestions? I’ve had the the green bean version of this but it was store bought. I’d like to make something homemade:-)

    Sincerely,

    Laurali Star

  • These seem heavenly. I’m definitely going to have to try this out.

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