This deliciously easy bacon wrapped asparagus recipe is nothing if not a crowd-pleaser. Bacon with a healthy helping of veggies, get the oven ready!
This bacon wrapped asparagus recipe is short, simple, and ready in no time at all. Even with minimal ingredients and prep, this flavorful recipe is the perfect side to any dish. Bonus: It’s low carb and keto-friendly!
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Bacon, bacon, bacon! After going keto, you’ll realize that bacon is one of your best friends in the protein and familiar foods category!
There are countless snacks that can be made into filling meals after just adding bacon. Case and point, this delicious bacon wrapped asparagus recipe!
This recipe is perfect for light lunches or as a side dish for your favorite meals. It also makes a great appetizer! This can be a great party dish since it can be prepped in advance and I mean, everyone loves bacon.
Recipes like this can also help to get us out of boring food ruts without too much effort. Like many of my favorite sides, this bacon wrapped asparagus recipe can be played with endlessly. You can try different meats, adding garlic or parmesan… there are countless options.
You can also add a pop of color to your dish by using purple or white asparagus. However, you should keep in mind the differences between these very similar veggies when making your bacon wrapped asparagus.
While white asparagus can be a bit more mild and bitter when compared to green asparagus, purple asparagus has more sugar which can make or break a keto diet. For this recipe, portion control is the name of the game.
While I opted for baking this recipe, you can also make bacon wrapped asparagus for your next cookout! This recipe is not only great when baked but it also works perfectly when made on the grill as well.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Ingredients
Asparagus: Whether you prefer thin or thick spears, you’ll need 1 pound trimmed to 5 inch long tips.
Olive Oil: You’ll need olive oil for drizzling over your asparagus while baking.
For easy olive drizzling, we purchased wine spouts and use a leftover wine bottle filled with olive oil.
Bacon: To get crisp delicious bacon, you’ll also need 6 slices of thin bacon.
Salt and pepper: everything needs a bit of salt and pepper. Bacon is also packed with so much flavor, other seasonings aren’t really necessary.
How to make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Preheat your oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly oil asparagus. Spray or lightly drizzle olive oil on asparagus spears, then salt and pepper to taste.
Wrap asparagus in bacon. Divide the asparagus into 12 piles to wrap in bacon. For thin asparagus, wrap 3 to 5 spears in ½ a slice of bacon. For thicker asparagus, wrap ½ a slice of bacon around each spear.
Prepare for baking. Place the bacon wrapped asparagus on a slotted broiler pan or baking rack on top of a baking sheet (to collect the grease).
I highly recommend this Copper Chef Bakeware Set!
Bake. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Remove and serve. Remove immediately and serve hot. Enjoy!
What to serve with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon wrapped asparagus is a great and filling side that pairs well with many dishes. If you’re looking for a protein-packed meal you can try pairing this savory side along with things like slow cooker pot roast or keto salmon patties.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Variations
Being keto usually means a lot of recipes that are bacon adjacent. However, you can wrap your asparagus in your preferred meat choice. I would suggest trying prosciutto or pancetta, but you could even try ham (making sure it’s not glazed ham of course).
Questions you might have
How do I make sure that the asparagus is crisp?
To get the best texture and flavor, you’ll want to make sure that to use fresh asparagus. Frozen or canned asparagus can get mushy while cooking and ruin the texture of your dish.
How do I keep my bacon crisp?
Baking your bacon wrapped asparagus using a slotted broiler pan or baking rack is key for crispiness. You want to allow as much airflow as possible to get the crispiest bacon possible. You can also do this when cooking lone bacon in the oven for crispier results.
What is the difference between bacon and pancetta?
While they’re both made from pork belly, the taste and outcome could not be more different. Long story short, bacon is smoked while pancetta is not which drastically changes the flavor. Pancetta tends to be more popular for Italian cooking and recipes while bacon is more common for American and English cooking. For this recipe, either choice will have a tasty outcome.
- 1 lb Asparagus, trimmed to 5-inch-long tips
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 slices bacon, thin
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Spray or lightly drizzle olive oil on asparagus spears, then salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide the asparagus in to 12 even piles to wrap in bacon. (For thin asparagus, wrap 3-4 spears in a ½ slice of bacon. For thick asparagus spears, wrap ½ slice of bacon around each spear)
- Place on slotted broiler pan or on a baking rack on top of a backing sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes
- Remove and serve hot!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 2gProtein: 6g