This easy bacon-wrapped asparagus oven recipe is the best side dish or party dish for any occasion! Nobody can resist grilled 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, selenium.
- a very low-carb keto-approved vegetable too – 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)
- It was believed to be an aphrodisiac
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.
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.
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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 2: Prepare 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 3: Wrap 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.
How long to cook bacon-wrapped asparagus?
Here I am sharing with you how to cook bacon-wrapped asparagus in the oven. 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 220C (425F) for 15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.
The special addition!
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, French, add garlic everywhere I know, but trust me, garlic and bacon is the best combo of flavor, you won’t regret it!
- 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 – the best way to add some spicy flavor.
Plus, nobody on keto won’t disagree with more cheese on grilled juicy bacon right?
How to 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 oven-baked bacon-wrapped asparagus simply because they cook faster and the result is less dry.
How to serve them?
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 an tasty Thanksgiving side dish
- Roast beef
More vegetable bacon recipes
Bacon makes everything better, especially vegetables! Below I listed my best keto recipe using bacon and vegetable:
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- 20 Green Asparagus fresh, not canned or frozen
- 10 slices Bacon cut in half, lengthwise to form 20 stripes of bacon
- 1-2 Sprays Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 1 teaspoon
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper optional
- 3 tablespoons Shredded Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Before you start, cut in half the bacon slices lengthwise to form 2 long skinny strips of bacon for each slice. Thus, you should make 20 long strips of bacon from your 10 initial slices.
- Lay a bundle of 4-5 asparagus on a chopping board and hold the entire bundle tight. Then, using a large sharp knife, cut off the 1 ½-inch bottom part of the asparagus spears. Discard all the bottom woody parts and keep the top part to make this roasted bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe. Repeat these steps until all the asparaguses have been trimmed.
- Wash quickly under cold water. Pat dry with a towel.
- Place the asparagus onto a cooling rack (the same one you would use to cool down cookies) and lightly spray some olive oil or garlic oil all over.
- Season with pepper and salt if desired – watch out for salt; bacon is very salty.
- Grab one asparagus spear and wrap the half piece of bacon around the spear from bottom to top, swirling around the spear. Look at my picture above in this post for details.
- Return the wrapped asparagus onto the cooling rack, and repeat this step until all spears are wrapped in half slice of bacon. Don't overlap the spears. Leave some space between each.
- Place the cooling rack onto a large baking tray covered with foil or baking paper. This tray will gather the fat coming out from the bacon and foil/paper make it easier to clean the tray. See my picture above in the post for details.
- Place the baking tray with the cooling rack on it into the oven and bake for 12 minutes.
- Remove tray from the oven, sprinkle grated Parmesan on top of each spear, return to the oven for 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted, asparaguses are soft but still crunchy.
- Serve immediately as a side dish (5 asparagus per serving) or party food with fresh chopped parsley, chili flakes, or avocado oil mayonnaise to dip in.
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