Parmesan Herb Asparagus Fries are asparagus stalks coated in a parmesan herb panko and baked to a crispy and delicious perfection! It’s the perfect crunchy bite, especially when dipped into the creamy greek yogurt ranch dip. The best part is that these “fries” are healthy and still so tasty that the entire family loves them!
Parmesan Herb Asparagus Fries with Creamy Greek Yogurt Ranch
It can be difficult getting kids to eat their vegetables. We for sure struggle with it at the dinner table at our house! Both of my boys hate vegetables. I take that back. I can get them to eat corn. Corn. Does that even count? 😉 So, I have to get pretty creative when it comes to getting my boys to eat their vegetables. It is so important to incorporate them into their diet, but how? Well, it turns out, that if you make a vegetable crispy on the edges in a delicious Parmesan Garlic Herb crust, tell them its a fry, and let them dip it… they will eat it!
Lets talk for minute about the details of this delicious crispy crust on the asparagus fries, since it is my favorite part! It is made with a crispy panko and parmesan combination and it is so easy to do! You start by coating the asparagus in flour and dredging it in an egg. Then you coat it in the parmesan herb crust. They get a crunchy outside and still have the tender fresh flavor of the asparagus on the inside. They were gone within minutes and even the boys couldn’t get enough of them! These make a great healthy snack or even a delicious and crispy side dish. You guys are going to love these just as much as our family did! You will want to make them again and again!
Asparagus Fries and Dip Ingredients:
- Asparagus: Be sure to trim the bottoms off before coating and baking.
- Flour: Dredge the asparagus in flour.
- Eggs: Using tongs, dip asparagus into egg wash.
- Panko: Once the asparagus has been dredged in flour and dipped in the egg, the panko will be the final layer which gives these fries their crunch.
- Garlic Powder: Garlic seasoning will pair perfectly with the parmesan and asparagus flavors.
- Parmesan cheese: Grated
- Parsley: Brightens the flavor and adds balance to this dish!
- Oregano Leaves: I used an Italian seasoning since I didn’t have leaves on hand and it was great too!
- Black Pepper: The pepper will give a bit of a sharp flavor to this otherwise mildly flavored veggie. I don’t add very much when cooking this for my kids.
Creamy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
- Plain Greek Yogurt: The yogurt makes this dip creamy and tangy.
- Dried dill weed: Dill weed adds fresh flavor to this dish. It has a grassy aroma with a hint of lemon.
- Garlic: One clove, or garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic on hand.
- Olive oil: The oil adds to the smooth and creamy texture.
- Parmesan: Adds a nutty flavor and thickness to the texture of the dip.
- Salt and pepper: To taste.
How to Make Parmesan Herb Asparagus Fries:
- Preheat Oven: Set oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease Baking Pan: Use non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Set up 3 shallow dishes: Add flour to the first bowl, eggs in a second bowl, and in the last dish add the following: panko, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, and pepper.
- Coat asparagus: Dip asparagus into the flour, then dredge in the egg and lastly coat in the panko. Line in a row on the baking sheet.
- Bake: Let cook for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are lightly brown and edges are crispy.
- Make creamy greek yogurt ranch dip: In a food processor add the greek yogurt, dill weed, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan. Pulse until smooth and salt and pepper to taste.
What are different ways to cook asparagus?
Depending on what you plan to serve it with, that can kind of determine the way that you should cook it. For example, if you have a salmon that you are baking, a lot of time you are able to just bake the asparagus directly in the oven with the salmon. Other recipes where you might be grilling chicken you can get creative with it. Frying tends to be a very popular option with this vegetable. There is also the option of steaming the asparagus. Depending on the texture you might be craving, with asparagus you are able to achieve a more of a crunch texture through frying, or a softer texture through steaming.
What can you serve with asparagus?
Asparagus is one of those vegetables that you can tie into a lot of different meals. The versatility of it makes it great for pairing with meats, poultry, or fish. Some of the best combinations I have found are a dish of salmon, whether it’s smoked, baked, or grilled with a side of asparagus. Another popular combination would be chicken, baked or grilled, with the parmesan asparagus fries. Having that savory flavor of chicken combined with the crispy asparagus with the hint of parmesan makes it quite a hit.
What are the benefits of asparagus?
Aside from the basic “It’s a vegetable so it’s good for you.” line there are quite a bit of nutritional benefits you receive from having asparagus often. It is a great source of fiber, vitamins A,C,E, and K, and it also helps transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Which is very helpful to those who are watching their blood sugar. This nutrient packed vegetable will not only taste good, but will help make you feel good as well.
More Delicious Vegetable Sides to try:
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Garlic Butter Parmesan Carrots
- Mashed Cauliflower
- World’s Best Green Bean Casserole
- 3 Ingredient Candied Sweet Potatoes
This post was sponsored by McCormick®. I love working with brands that I am passionate about and use in the kitchen for myself. All opinions expressed are my own.
Parmesan Herb Asparagus Fries with Creamy Greek Yogurt Ranch
Asparagus that gets coated in a Parmesan Herb Panko and is baked to crispy and delicious perfection! The entire family will love them!
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup panko
- 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Oregano Leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
Creamy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip:
- ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon McCormick ® dried dill weed
- 1 small clove of garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
- Trim the bottoms of the asparagus. In three shallow dishes add the flour, eggs, and in the last shallow dish add panko, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, and pepper. Add the asparagus to the flour, then dredge in the egg and lastly coat in the panko. Line in a row on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are lightly brown and edges are crispy.
To make the creamy greek yogurt ranch dip: In a food processor add the greek yogurt, dill weed, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan. Pulse until smooth and salt and pepper to taste.
Originally Posted on April 19, 2016