LongHorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Asparagus was an appetizer that I fell in love with. And I love a great asparagus recipe!
Here, fresh asparagus is coated with Parmesan, fried until crispy, and served fresh.
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Crispy Fried Asparagus
This asparagus is covered in a crispy, cheesy batter. If you have folks that do not enjoy asparagus, this recipe is a great way to introduce them to this vegetable.
When you order this in the restaurant it’s a shareable sampler, but at home, you can turn it into a side dish.
Longhorn Steakhouse Appetizer
LongHorn Steakhouse is part of the Darden chain, which is the company that owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster. I love their themed restaurants and their attention to detail.
LongHorn Steakhouse has a wonderful, well-priced menu, and Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is one of their most popular dishes. It is likely to become your choice of appetizer to go along with their tender, well-marbled center cuts of beef.
This Parmesan Crusted Asparagus appetizer quickly became a favorite menu item of mine, and a few of you wrote to me asking for this recipe. When I get several people asking, I know it’s a fantastic find.
These asparagus spears are flash-fried with a crispy crust. They’re easy enough to prepare at home, and they make noshing on asparagus a real delight.
Ingredients Needed for Longhorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Fresh asparagus – Look for medium-sized spears. Thin spears won’t hold up to battering and frying..
- All-purpose flour – We’re making a batter here. We aren’t using any bread crumbs.
- Parmesan cheese – Use a mid-priced kind that you buy in the deli.
- Seasoned salt
- Oil for frying – I recommend canola or vegetable oil.
You may want to check out this article on How to Pick Fresh Asparagus from the Kitchn. I like to pick asparagus spears of a medium thickness for this recipe.
You can also choose to use two types of Parmesan:
- Grated Parmesan. I don’t often say this, but the kind that is pre-grated works just fine for this recipe.
- Shaved Parmesan. This is an optional for the garnish because you can sprinkle grated parmesan on the finished dish. You can either get a block of Parmesan and shave off thin slices or get it already shaved.
How to Make Longhorn’s Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
- Wash the asparagus and trim off the woody ends.
- Place the flour, Parmesan, and seasoned salt in a shallow dish. Stir to combine.
- Pour the buttermilk into a separate shallow dish.
- Dredge asparagus in the flour mixture.
- Then dip them in buttermilk and dredge again in the flour.
- Place the breaded asparagus on a wire rack and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before frying.
- Pour enough oil in a cooking vessel until it is 2-inches deep. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Carefully drop a few asparagus spears in the oil at a time, and fry until golden brown. Drain the fried asparagus on a wire rack that is resting on a baking sheet.
- Garnish with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese.
What to Serve with Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
Here are some great sauces to serve with fried asparagus:
- Cane’s Sauce
- Horsey Sauce
- Onion Ring Sauce
- Ranch Dipping Sauce
- Make a special sauce by combining good quality Ranch dressing mix and a little chili sauce.
Here are a few entrees to serve with parmesan asparagus:
How to Store Leftover Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
After the asparagus has completely cooled, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
You can freeze the asparagus for up to 3 months in an airtight container or freezer bag.
How to Reheat Crispy Parmesan Asparagus
I recommend placing the asparagus into a 350°F air fryer and cooking for 6 to 8 minutes. You can also reheat this in the oven at 350°F for about 10 to 12 minutes.
I do not recommend microwaving the Parmesan Crusted Asparagus because it will become soggy.
I hope you give this recipe a try in one of your upcoming meals. No matter if you serve this with some shaved prime rib, a flavorful steak, or your favorite chicken, you’re going to love this way to prepare asparagus.
Love Longhorn Steakhouse? Try these copycat recipes!
Favorite Fried Appetizer Recipes
- Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower
- Blooming Onion
- Cream Cheese Wontons
- Deep Fried Mushrooms
- Fried Cheese Curds
- Fried Cheese Sticks
- Fried Jalapeno Poppers
- Fried Mozzarella
- Mini Corn Dogs
Longhorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
- 1 pound fresh asparagus
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Oil for frying e.g., vegetable oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil
- Ranch dipping sauce optional
- Trim the asparagus by removing the bottom inch. You can save the trimmings for soup stock, if you’d like.
- In a shallow bowl combine the flour, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and seasoned salt.
- In another shallow dish, add the buttermilk.
- Coat the asparagus first in the flour mixture, then dip into the buttermilk, and then dredge in the flour coating again.
- Place the coated asparagus on a wire rack. Repeat with all the asparagus, and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before frying.
- Add oil to your cooking vessel until it is 2 inches deep. Heat the oil to 350°F. Drop a few asparagus spears in at a time, and fry until golden brown. Remove the golden asparagus, and allow them to drain on a wire rack over a baking sheet.
- Garnish with the remaining Parmesan cheese, and serve with optional ranch dipping sauce or other sauce of your choice