Asparagus is one of the first true spring crops to find its way into the sunlight and into our bellies. The delicious tender stalks are a true treat when picked fresh and consumed quickly. Making these Baked Parmesan Fries using asparagus is a great way to get kids to try these tasty spears. Try them out and let us know what you think.
This recipe was originally developed as part of our Kids Kits 2021 program, with financial support from Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and Office of the Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
Baked Parmesan Asparagus Fries
- 3 Shallow Bowls or Lipped Trays (can also use gallon-sized Ziploc bags)
- Whisk (can also use a fork)
- Sheet Tray or Baking Dish
- 1/2 lb asparagus (about 1/2 bunch) trimmed (trim by cutting or breaking the tough bottom off of the asparagus spear)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- salt and pepper
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp water
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup parmesam
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Spray a sheet tray or baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place flour in shallow bowl, big enough to fit asparagus spears, and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl with water.
- Place panko, garlic powder and parmesan cheese in third shallow bowl and mix. (Alternatively, you can use three, gallon sized Ziploc bags)
- Toss asparagus in flour until thoroughly coated. Gently remove asparagus from the flour and add to the bowl with the eggs, turning asparagus to coat. Remove asparagus from the eggs, letting the excess drip off, and roll, a few at a time, in cheesy breadcrumbs to form a crust. (If using Ziploc bag method, carefully shake the asparagus in sealed bag through each step of breading process.)
- Spread breaded asparagus on prepared tray/pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until nicely golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately with ranch dip.