Crispy Asparagus Spears

Roasted asparagus. Parmesan-panko coating. And a little kick of spice. Oh yes.

These crispy asparagus sticks are not french fry replacements (for that, I already have my yellow and green beans as healthy truffle fries) but trust me, they are also extremely addicting and satisfying.  Just imagine: one of the most nutritious veggies out there, coated in cheese and crumbs, crispy, spicy, hot off the oven. They’re tantalizing.

I saw a recipe for Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Sticks and immediately knew that I wanted to make them.

Jessica from How Sweet It Is often has the most mouth-watering recipes and these asparagus sticks are no exception.

plus it’s really hard not to like anything covered in panko

I made some modifications to Jessica’s original recipe: I used whole eggs instead of just egg whites, I didn’t use flour (only because I ran out), and I added some cayenne pepper to the coating mixture for a little bit of spice.

Crispy Asparagus Spears

(original recipe from How Sweet It Is)

1 bunch of asparagus (I had about two dozen medium spears)
2 eggs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If you have a wire rack, you can lay it on a baking sheet and coat with non-stick spray. If you don’t (I don’t), just cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus. On two separate plates, prepare the eggs (lightly beaten) and the panko, cheese, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper. Coat each asparagus spear in egg, then roll in the panko mixture and thoroughly cover.

Bake at 425 for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

spicy, crispy, parmesan and panko-covered asparagus sticks

I wasn’t expecting pomme frites but these crispy spears did remind me of french fries. I prepared a sriracha-ketchup dipping sauce, but didn’t really need it because the slightly spicy, very cheesy coating was so flavorful already.

This is a great party snack, TV companion, side dish, or an answer to a I-want-something-crispy-and-salty-and-spicy craving. Try it, you’ll like it :)

Aside from potatoes, what kinds of vegetables do you use for making fries?


27 Responses to “Crispy Asparagus Spears”

  1. #
    Meghan@travelwinedine posted May 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

    These look delicious, and I just happen to have a bag of asparagus in the fridge!

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    Julie @ Shining From Within posted May 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I love fried zucchini!!! These look great :)

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    Daisy posted May 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    These look amazing! I always have some panko on hand and asparagus are a staple! I have to make them soon!

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    Erin posted May 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    They look delicious! Yum. What a great way to get your veggies.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted May 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I saw these on Jessica’s blog recently – yours look just as spectacular!

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    Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner posted May 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Bianca, these look so so delicious! I love them!! I always admire your creativity with veggies :)

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    chrysta posted May 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

    ooo! cool idea to add the panko. I bet that made them nice and crispy! Looks delicious.

  8. #
    Meesh posted May 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    YUMMM ive been obsessed with asparagus this spring, but im pretty sure this trumps my recent adventure in blanching!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted May 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Those look delicious – I love asparagus and this such a fun way to switch things up!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted May 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I love the addition of the cayanne pepper! These look awesome.

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    Lesley Lifting Life posted May 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Those asparagus looks amazing!! The combination of flavors sounds perfect too.

  12. #
    Sues posted May 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Yum! I love asparagus anyway, but this makes it ten times better! :)

  13. #
    Elizabeth posted May 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Seriously, what can’t you do to asparagus. It’s so good.

  14. #
    MelissaNibbles posted May 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Delicious! I would smother them in ketchup.

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    Heather posted May 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Ooh, I’m making those for dinner. I already have everything for the recipe, score!

    Besides ptotatoes I’ve made “fries” out of parsnips, not too bad.

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    Megan posted May 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I made something really similar but used the flour and ground the panko up first. I loved the variety of texture in these.

    Can’t wait to see you tonight!

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    miriam posted May 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I don’t know what it is with asparagus at the moment – but it’s fabulous and actually affordable. Great recipe – I usually pop it in the oven with a little spray oil, salt and pepper and try to wait until it’s cooked :)

  18. #
    Michelle posted May 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Like I said last night, I definitely want to try this recipe soon!

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    Hannah posted May 14, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Fabulous! All I have to buy are the asparagus, eggs, breadcrumbs, and parmesan, and I’m all set :P (I’ve got the cayenne already…)

  20. #
    Joanne posted May 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I saw this on Jess’s blog and SWOONED. LOVE asparagus! That crispy coating sounds delightful!

  21. #
    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College posted May 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I HAVE to make this…definitely. I love asparagus so much and the crispy coating is awesome.

  22. #
    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel posted May 15, 2011 at 2:25 am


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    Simply Life posted May 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Oh what a great idea -these look delicious!

  24. #
    Maria @ Scandifoodie posted May 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    What a great idea for asparagus! I love it, but I’ve never made it like this. Sounds delicious!

  25. #
    Bridget posted May 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

    These look fantastic!! I love asparagus and this preparation sounds aweosme!

  26. #
    Shannon posted June 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    ooh, those do look amazing. love a good crunch ;)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted September 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Okay….these may just convince me to try asparagus again! ;)

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