Crispy Baked Asparagus with Honey Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Crispy Baked Asparagus with Honey Sriracha Dipping Sauce |

So this is one of those recipes that I thought I was such a smarty pants for coming up with.  Crunchy, healthy baked asparagus?  I mean c’mon!  Even the husband thought I was pretty awesome when I served it up to him.  He said it reminded him of vegetable tempura.

And then I realized it’s been done … about a million times before.  That’s what I get for googling it (and reading way too many food blogs).  Sometimes I think it would be better if I continued to live in my naive little box where crispy asparagus was a novel concept … and I was a genius for thinking it up.

Crispy Baked Asparagus with Honey Sriracha Dipping Sauce |

But alas, I’ve accepted the fact that this may not be very original.  I will tell you that the honey sriracha dipping sauce takes these crunchy vegetables to a fun, fun place.  There’s just something about dipping veggies (or chicken or whatever it is) that I adore.  Plus, this sauce is sweet yet spicy … and finger lickin’ good.  I certainly won’t judge if you decide to use it for more than just this dish.

So if you’ve been living in your own little world like I have, give this asparagus a try.  It’s great for a snack, an appetizer or a side dish to whatever else you’re making.

Crispy Baked Asparagus with Honey Sriracha Dipping Sauce |

Plus it’s Friday and we all know that snack-type foods are more fun on the weekend.   Yes yes yes.

Crispy Baked Asparagus with Honey Sriracha Dipping Sauce
Yield: about 4 servings as a side dish
For the asparagus:
  • ½ cup flour (I use white whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears, tough ends removed
For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sriracha
  • juice of half a lime
  1. To make the asparagus - preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and then set a cooling rack inside the baking sheet. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add the flour, salt and pepper to a shallow bowl and mix to combine. Add the egg and milk to another shallow bowl and beat to combine. Add the panko and parmesan cheese to another shallow dish and mix to combine. Dredge each asparagus spear in the flour mixture, then dip into the egg mixture and finally into the panko mixture (using your fingers to press onto the asparagus). Place on the prepared baking sheet. Once all the spears are on the baking sheet, mist lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the coating is nice and crispy and the asparagus is tender.
  4. To make the sauce - add the honey, sriracha and lime juice to a small bowl and whisk until combined. Serve with the baked asparagus spears.

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    • Ashley says

      I hope you enjoy Nicky! haha my husband always mans the grill – I can’t be trusted around it! : )

  1. Jo @ the contented baker says

    I definitely live in my own world sometimes Ashley, so I get you!! Tempura being one of my all time favourites, this asparagus looks divine!! Saw some panto breadcrumbs in my supermarket this week ….. 😉

  2. says

    These look amazing! I can’t get enough of asparagus but have never baked them in this crispy deliciousness before so it’s new to me too :) Awesome recipe – especially with that incredible sriracha dipping sauce – holy smokes!

  3. says

    That sriracha dipping sauce sounds incredible — I’m always looking for an excuse to use sriracha! I’ve never tried making my own tempura, since the thought of all that hot oil is a little scary to me (I know, I’m strange). But baked crispy asparagus? I can do that! And we just picked up a bunch of asparagus from the local farm, so I feel like this recipe was meant to be. Can’t wait to try this!

  4. says

    I hate when that happens! I feel like I come up with a recipe that NO ONE has ever thought of, just to realize it is ALL over the freaking internet. Oh well lol it just means great minds think alike, right? 😀 And this is indeed a great recipe, Ashley! I’m trying asparagus like this ASAP!

  5. says

    I try my best not to google my recipes because 99.9% of the time someone else has already thought of it. But of course I fail and then I’m like, well theirs looks really good and then I end-up adapting their recipe….it’s a viscious cycle.

    Anyway, I don’t care if you were the first person to think of it or not. You still get credit for coming up with this deliciousness. The honey sriracha sauce sounds amazing. I’m just imagining all of the possibilities!

  6. says

    I need all the asparagus recipes I can right now! Our family has a asparagus farm with well over 10,000 plants. I just picked 50 lb. and didn’t finish my row! Loving the dipping sauce!

  7. says

    I know exactly what that feels like… google is always there to tell me I’m not as brilliant as I think I am, ha. I love that you posted this recipe since I’ve never heard of or seen it before :). Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and the sound of crispy baked asparagus has me drooling over here. Can’t wait to give this a go.

  8. says

    Don’t worry, Ashley, I am still super impressed with this! Especially the sauce … honestly, it sounds not only delicious but really easy, too. I do that all the time where I think I’m being Mrs. Originality herself and then realise I was actually pretty much near the last person to think of an idea rather than the first! I don’t think it matters at all, though, because we each tend to have a slightly different take on a particular dish, and I for one think that’s cool.

  9. says

    Sometimes I hate Google…it can really be a bubble burster! It may have been done before, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’ve made my favorite vegetables so golden brown and crispy! And that sauce sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try!

  10. says

    Innovative or not, I will gladly eat this as a side dish on the daily! Asparagus is one of my favorites, and I’m convinced preparing something ‘crispy’ only makes it better. Plus that dipping sauce – SO making that!

  11. says

    I hate it when you think you’ve created a new recipe only to find out it’s been done. That happens to me a lot. The other day I thought of pizza on a tortilla…pizzatilla. Nope, it’s been done. :(
    Anyway, I still love doing anything with asparaus and these do look crispy and delicious. :)

  12. says

    I’ve seen and thought about doing this but never have! It really looks deliciously crispy and the dipping sauce is a wonderful idea. You’ve got me wanting to try this out soon.

  13. says

    Okay, first of all, you had me at vegetable tempura, and second of all, I haven’t seen this anywhere yet, so it’s lookin’ pretty fresh to me! I sometimes thing I come up with recipes and then search for them and then there are a million. lol. I know the feeling!

    I get so excited about asparagus season and then roast it or grill it or make soup, and then I can’t look at it for a while. This looks SO good to me! I was needing something to make it more creative. I’m going to try this with chickpea flour and GF breadcrumbs as my sis is gluten-free/celiac. I love this -and I’m not just saying that! Thank you for renewing my passion in asparagus! Yay for crunchy, spicy, asparagus goodness!

  14. says

    I love vegetable tempera!! So if this tastes anything like that – totally want some now! And you are seriously genius for coming up with this recipe – they look and sound amazing. Loving the honey sriracha dipping sauce too :) Pinned!

  15. says

    Well, despite the fact that these have been done before, they still look amazing! These are definitely something that both Justin and I would love. He would especially go crazy for that Sriracha sauce!

  16. says

    Oooh, I love this! One of my favorite things is tempura-fried asparagus but I don’t do it often since it’s so unhealthy and I hate frying things. Definitely trying this recipe ASAP!

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