Deep-Fried Asparagus Recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1955 Calories
193g Fat
47g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1955
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 193g 247%
Saturated Fat 33g 164%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1033mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Protein 16g
Calcium 205mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe from "Asparagus All Ways...Always" (Celestial Arts) for deep-fried asparagus is just one way these spring veggies are served at the Stockton Asparagus festival (now known as the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival) held annually in April.

The recipe is simple. Fresh asparagus spears are dipped in a beer batter and deep-fried for a delightful change of pace. Large, thick spears are usually deep-fried at the festival, but some prefer thinner stalks, so the choice is yours. Just remember, that the frying time for thinner spears will be shorter. Keep this easy beer-batter recipe on hand to use with other vegetables as well as seafood and chicken tenders. 


  • 3 to 4 cups peanut oil (or amount needed for frying)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup beer (cold, flat)
  • 3 pounds asparagus (2 cups, raw, whole, cleaned and tough white end removed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a deep skillet or deep fryer, heat at least 2 inches of peanut oil (or whatever the manufacturer recommends for a deep fryer) to 350 F.

  3. In an oblong shallow bowl (one that will accommodate the full length of the asparagus spears), whisk together 1/2 cup cornstarch, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 large egg whites, and 2/3 cup cold flat beer until well blended.

  4. Dip asparagus spears, one at a time, in the batter.

  5. Immediately drop them into the hot oil.

  6. Deep fry for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turning shouldn't be necessary.

  7. Drain on paper towels.

  8. Eat while still warm.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Source: "Asparagus All Ways...Always" by Stockton Asparagus Festival (Celestial Arts Publishing). Reprinted with permission.