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Italian Asparagus

Crispy Fried Parmesan Asparagus

Crispy Fried Parmesan Asparagus or Italian Asparagus is a great vegetable side or appetizer with a crispy, crunchy, golden brown parmesan crusted coating!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword appetizer, asparagus, best side dish, easy side dish, italian


  • rimmed baking sheet with a rack or a large skillet


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated more if needed
  • 1-2 tablespoons parsley, dried more or less to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup olive or another vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup butter


  • Prepare three work areas.
  • The first plate should have the flour and garlic salt. 
  • The second should have bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and parsley.
  • The last should have the egg and wine. 
  • Wash asparagus and break or cut off the tough ends. Leave the asparagus damp.
  • Toss until totally coated in the flour and garlic salt.
  • Next, gently coat with the egg and wine mixture. 
  • Last coat in the breadcrumb mixture.

To Fry

  • Refrigerate to chill for at least 30 minutes. This helps the coating stick to the asparagus.
  • Melt oil and butter in your skillet, over medium heat, when ready to prepare. Using oil will help prevent your butter from burning while the butter adds some more flavor.
  • Saute the asparagus until crispy and golden brown. Serve hot and enjoy!

To Bake

  • Arrange your oven rack to be set at middle or one less than middle.
  • Set your oven to 425 degrees.
  • Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and a wire rack coated with cooking spray. 
  • Arrange asparagus in a row leaving a little bit of space between each piece.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes or until asparagus are crispy and golden.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.