I’ll admit, I like asparagus, but I don’t love it. For me, it really depends on how it’s cooked.
I had a bunch of asparagus in the fridge, so I decided to dredge each spear in my super-nutritious flax batter and bake them. What resulted was a delicious appetizer or side dish that I believe even kids would love! I call them asparagus fries, even though they’re not technically fried. I dipped them in a store-bought maple champagne mustard, but any honey mustard would do.
This recipe is surprisingly easy and comes together in just 20 minutes! These asparagus fries are an excellent, nutritious snack for anyone, but especially for those who generally don’t like asparagus. After tasting one fry, I stood in the kitchen and scarfed the rest of the batch. Oh, and I didn’t feel guilty about it!
I first tried these fries with a roasted garlic mustard, but I really prefer them with a sweeter mustard. I dipped them in a Stonewall Kitchen Maine Maple Champagne Mustard, but you could use any sweet mustard you like, or even make your own! The sweetness and tangy flavor of the mustard complements the natural bitterness of the asparagus and the slight saltiness of the flax batter.
- 2 T. milled flax
- ½ cup unsweetened nondairy milk
- 2-3 T. tapioca starch, cornstarch, or flour
- ¼ cup fine almond meal
- ¼ t. sea salt
- 1 t. nutritional yeast
- Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus, washed, patted dry, woody ends trimmed
- Lemon slices for garnish (optional)
- Sweet mustard of choice
- Combine flax and nondairy milk in a small bowl and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Generously dust parchment paper with starch (to prevent sticking).
- After 5 minutes, add the almond meal, sea salt, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice to the flax and milk. Stir well.
- Pour batter into a shallow dish and dredge each asparagus spear in the batter until well covered. Place each spear onto the baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Using tongs, transfer to a serving dish, garnish with lemon slices, and serve with mustard for dipping. Enjoy!
Give these delicious asparagus fries a try, and see if you can stop eating them!
No forks needed 🙂