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Asparagus 'fries' recipe

Asparagus 'fries' recipe

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Try something new with asparagus. Coat in a smoky paprika batter, then bake until golden and crispy. These taste great with an onion and garlic dip. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 245 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 500g asparagus spears, woody ends removed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 50g panko or white breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon, ½ zested and juiced, rest cut into wedges to serve
  • 1 tbsp olive oil spray
  • 100g onion & garlic dip, to serve
If you haven't got any white bread, try using brown instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    14g 19%
  • Saturates

    3g 14%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 19.5g Protein 9.6g Fibre 3.7g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Lay out the asparagus on a lined baking tray and put the egg, flour and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls. Stir the paprika into the flour, and the lemon zest into the breadcrumbs; season.
  2. Dip the asparagus first in the flour, then egg, then the breadcrumbs, using different hands for wet and dry ingredients. Return to the lined tray and repeat until all the spears are coated. Spray each spear a couple of times with the oil, then roast for 20 mins or until golden and crunchy, carefully turning halfway and spraying the other side with a little more oil.
  3. Stir the lemon juice into the onion & garlic dip. Arrange the asparagus fries on a platter and sprinkle with paprika, if you like. Serve with the dip and the lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Low energy tip: To make these in an air-fryer, coat the spears as per the method, then air-fry in a single layer at 180°C for 8 mins, giving them a gentle shake and another spray of oil halfway through.

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