This easy bacon-wrapped asparagus oven recipe is the best side dish or party dish for any occasion! Nobody can resist roasted asparagus and juicy bacon with a pinch of Parmesan cheese!
So keep reading to learn how to make this easy side dish that everyone loves!
Is Asparagus Keto?
Yes, asparagus is keto-friendly!. Asparagus is one of the forgotten vegetables. Probably because most people never tried juicy bacon-wrapped asparagus!
Believe me, the first time you serve this to your party or Christmas table, people will start loving their greens! And it’s great news because asparagus is:
- High in anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, and selenium.
- A very low-carb keto-approved vegetable – with only 1.8 grams of net carbs per 100 grams. It’s one of the lowest-carb vegetables.
- Low-calorie – only 20 kcal per 100 grams, so you can indulge with that piece of bacon around it! It’s a tasty way to adds-up to your 5-a-day!
Interesting facts about asparagus
Because food should be fun, here are some interesting facts about this vegetable!
- It exists in three main colors: green, purple, and white.
- It is made of 93% water.
- It has diuretic properties (and makes your pee smell funny though not everyone has the genes to detect the smell).
How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
Below is an easy-to-follow step-by-step method to make this delicious side dish or party food in roughly 15 minutes.
The ingredients to make these asparagus are the following:
- Asparagus – a great keto-friendly vegetable. Make sure to pick green, fresh asparagus, not canned ones.
- Bacon – prefer organic free-range bacon.
- Olive Oil – to cook them perfectly.
- Parmesan – Parmesan cheese is a keto-friendly cheese that brings a delicious taste and flavor to savory food.
Trim the fresh asparagus spears
For this recipe, you must use fresh green asparagus – not canned or frozen. Fresh asparagus bottom has a tough woody end that must be removed for any recipe.
To trim them, you can:
Method 1: cut it off
Lay the bundle of asparagus on a chopping board and hold the entire bundle tight. Then, using a large sharp knife, cut off the 1 1/2 inches bottom part of the asparagus spears.
Discard all the bottom woody parts and keep the top part of making this roasted bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe.
Method 2: Snap it!
You can also trim them one by one. It takes a little more time, but if you don’t have a sharp knife, it will do well. To do so:
- Pick up one spear and hold each end with one hand.
- Bend the vegetable spear down until it snaps.
- Discard the bottom part and keep the top part.
Step 1: Preparing The Asparagus
Next, wash them under cold water, pat dry with a towel, or the oil won’t stick well in the next step.
Then, place the asparagus onto a plate and lightly spray some olive oil or light flavored oil onto each spear.
Season with pepper and salt if you want to, but since bacon is already salty, I would rather recommend a pinch of garlic powder.
Step 2: Wrapping Them In Bacon
There are two ways to wrap asparagus in bacon. You can wrap the asparagus:
- In a bundle of 4 or 6 spears – this is a great option to serve as a side dish.
- Individually – this is the best option if you want to serve them as party food. Also, this method entirely wraps the spears, keeping the vegetable moist, tender, and the bacon crispy.
Depending on the option you choose, the amount of bacon you will add is different. For one single spear, use only half a bacon slice.
Cut in half the bacon slice lengthwise to form 2 long skinny slices of bacon.
Then, grab one asparagus spear and wrap the half piece of bacon around the spear, starting from the bottom up to the top, swirling around the spear.
Cooking Roasted Asparagus
In this recipe, we cook the bacon-wrapped asparagus in the oven. The timing will be different if you are making bacon-wrapped asparagus on the BBQ grill.
First, cover a large baking tray with foil. This tray will recover the oil released by the bacon and prevent your oven from getting dirty.
Then, add a cooling rack into the tray and lay each wrapped vegetable spear onto the rack leaving 1/2 inch between each spear.
Using a cooling rack is the best way to keep your vegetable crisp and remove excess fat that could make the vegetable too oily.
Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.
You know I am French, and I always have a special French twist to add to my dish! My tips to make this simple recipe even better add:
- A pinch of garlic powder or use garlic oil to prepare your vegetable! We like to add garlic everywhere I know, but trust me, garlic and bacon are the best combos of flavor. You won’t regret it! Garlic is keto-friendly.
- A handful of finely grated Parmesan or fresh gruyere on top of your asparagus! Add this after 12 minutes of baking and keep baking for 3 minutes until cheese just melts and bubbles on top of the grilled bacon. The melted cheese on top of bacon is the most delicious addition to this simple dish.
- Finely chopped Italian parsley.
- Chili flakes – are the best way to add some spicy flavor.
Plus, nobody on keto will disagree with more cheese on grilled juicy bacon!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Should I Cook Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus?
There are other ways of cooking these asparagus wrapped in bacon. You can bake asparagus in your:
- Oven, as mentioned above.
- BBQ grill.
- Air fryer.
My favorite option is to make roasted asparagus simply because they cook faster and the result is less dry.
How Should I Serve Bacon Asparagus?
The best way to serve this recipe is as a side dish or appetizer. You can serve them along with:
- Avocado oil mayonnaise
- Grilled fish
- Turkey for a tasty Thanksgiving side dish
- Roast beef, grilled meat, or a steak marinated with my 3-Ingredient Steak Marinade.
More Vegetable With Bacon Recipes
Bacon makes everything better, especially vegetables! Below I listed my best keto recipe using bacon and vegetable:
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