Fried Asparagus Sticks


This recipe is a tasty way to get in your veggies that even kids and picky eaters will enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
5 servings


  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ lemons, zested

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed


  1. Heat 1-inch vegetable oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium heat.

  2. Whisk buttermilk, paprika, black pepper, and lemon zest together in a wide bowl.

  3. Pour flour into a separate wide bowl.

  4. Place a paper towel-lined plate near the stove top.

  5. Dip 1/3 of asparagus in buttermilk mixture.

  6. Transfer asparagus to flour and coat thoroughly.

  7. Repeat with a second layer of buttermilk mixture and flour.

  8. Fry coated asparagus in the hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined plate.

  9. Repeat the battering and frying process until all the sticks are cooked. Serve immediately.

Cook's note:

Add a 1-inch cube of bread to the hot oil to check if it is ready. If it turns deep golden brown in color after a count of 40, the oil is ready. If the bread cube browns too quickly, turn down the heat and wait a few minutes for it to cool.

Editor's note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
6g Fat
19g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 105mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 142mg 11%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 364mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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