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I’ve been making this baked bacon wrapped asparagus recipe (and occasionally prosciutto wrapped asparagus) for years, and it occurred to me that I have yet to put it on the blog. It was about time to change that. You can always use more asparagus and bacon appetizers, right?
With other bacon asparagus recipes, I’ve noticed that often times the asparagus is soft before the bacon has had the chance to crisp up. Yuck, who wants soggy bacon? I was on a mission to avoid this.
I’m pleased to report that I found a way! (Part of the trick is the same method I use for foolproof crispy bacon in the oven on its own.) And ever since then, this has been one of my favorite asparagus and bacon recipes. Roasted asparagus tastes wonderful on its own, but bacon adds so much flavor.
In fact, this bacon wrapped asparagus in the oven pretty much tops my list when it comes to paleo asparagus appetizers… and bacon appetizers, too. Even if you’re not a huge fan of asparagus, give it a try.
It’s a good sign when you hear comments along the lines of, “I don’t usually like asparagus but this is really good!” Seriously, asparagus with bacon is so much better than it is plain.
The key to getting the bacon extra crispy is to allow for more air flow around the bacon, which I accomplished by making four adjustments. They were actually incredibly easy and made a big difference in the result.
How to Make the Best Bacon Wrapped Asparagus in the Oven
1. Make Narrow Strips of Alternating Asparagus and Bacon
Cut the bacon slices lengthwise, creating extra narrow strips, like this:
Then, wrap them in a pinstripe pattern around the asparagus. You want the edges of the bacon strip to overlap as little as possible. This will help create more air flow around it, which is what you want for extra crispiness.
2. Cook Bacon Wrapped Asparagus on a Wire Rack
Instead of a regular baking sheet, use a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. (I like this one – it’s non-stick, so easy to clean.) It’s such an easy swap to make, and again it helps with that whole air flow thing.
As a bonus, this lets some of the extra fat drip down from the bacon during baking. Not that there’s anything wrong with bacon fat, but doing this actually helps the bacon get more crispy.
Making this yummy asparagus and bacon appetizer just a little lighter is just icing on the cake. You can always re-purpose the bacon grease for something else if you like. I always do – it’s delicious to use for frying things later!
Here is what the asparagus looks like on the rack before going into the oven:
3. Flip Over the Bacon Asparagus Appetizers
Flip the asparagus halfway through baking. This will encourage more even cooking, so that all sides get evenly crispy and don’t burn.
Sure, it’s an extra step, but it only takes a second. If you’re making bacon appetizers, it’s totally worth it to do what it takes to make them crispy!
4. Place the Asparagus Appetizers Under the Broiler
At the end, place the baking sheet under the broiler for a couple of minutes to get the bacon extra crisp. You’ll want to watch it closely, because it can go from golden to burned very quickly!
Just don’t skip this step, because it’s the key to making bacon wrapped asparagus in the oven super crispy.
There you have it. The end result is crispy bacon appetizers with a beautiful presentation, thanks to the “pinstriped” pattern.
Here they are on the rack when they are done (but you can broil them more or less depending on how dark you like your bacon!):
How Long Do I Cook Bacon Wrapped Asparagus?
How long to bake bacon wrapped asparagus will depend on several factors, including:
- Thickness of the bacon
- Type of pan used – are you using a wire rack or not?
- Oven temperature
On average, it takes about 18 to 22 minutes at 400 degrees F, and then I recommend another couple minutes under the broiler to crisp up the bacon.
Can You Make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Ahead?
You can prepare these appetizers a day in advance, cover, and refrigerate until you’re ready to pop them in the oven. I do this all the time when we’re hosting!
However, I don’t recommend actually baking them in advance. Both the bacon and asparagus will get soggy.
If you’re making this bacon wrapped asparagus recipe for an event and it just cools down as it sits, you can return it to the oven under the broiler for a few minutes to get more crisp and reheat.
Ideas For Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon, Baked in the Oven
This baked bacon wrapped asparagus is my favorite way to make asparagus in the oven. It makes a wonderful side dish, or you could cut the asparagus in half to make shorter appetizers.
Personally, I love to make bacon wrapped asparagus in the oven, all year round. Everyone is thrilled to see it on the table for holidays and birthdays during the fall and winter months.
Then, of course you’ve got the spring and early summer time when asparagus season is in full swing. This is one of the few reasons I’m willing to turn my oven on in the summertime!
It’s a win-win, no matter the time of year. You can’t go wrong with an asparagus bacon recipe.
It was one of the first recipes on the site back in early 2016, and is still popular today! In case you’re curious, here’s what the original photo of it looked like:
I like to think I’ve come a long way with my photos, but even back then, it looked impressive and was super easy. Are you ready to make some?
More Asparagus and Bacon Recipes
I’m so glad so many of you are making this bacon wrapped asparagus recipe!
While you’re here – and since I already know you love bacon and asparagus – why not try some others? Here are a few to try:
- Bacon cheeseburger soup
- Brussels sprouts au gratin with bacon
- Bacon wrapped chicken tenders
- Easy cheese asparagus
Tools To Make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
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- Cookie sheet with wire rack set – This one is non-stick, PTFE/PFOA-free and oven-safe. A must-have for making bacon wrapped asparagus! You can also get a larger one like this for making a double-batch.
Easy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe in the Oven
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe in the Oven (Crispy!)
This easy bacon wrapped asparagus recipe is baked in the oven, with some tricks for extra crispy bacon. Everyone loves these easy asparagus and bacon appetizers. They're naturally paleo and low carb, too. Ready in just 30 minutes!
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Place an oven-safe wire rack (either greased or non-stick) onto a cookie sheet. (
Trim the woody ends of the asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and black pepper to taste. (You don't need a lot of oil, just enough for the salt and pepper to stick.)
Cut the bacon slices lengthwise to make narrower strips. Wrap each bacon strip tightly around an asparagus stalk, only slightly overlapping the bacon on each stalk (it will shrink during cooking, creating a "striped" pattern). Place seam side down onto the wire rack.
Bake for 10 minutes. Use tongs to turn over. Bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the bacon is almost crispy. Set the oven to broil, then place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to crisp up more.
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Serving size: 4 pieces
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