How To Make Super-Crispy, Oven-Baked Asparagus Fries — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I don’t just like asparagus — I love it! It’s a bit of an obsession for me. I’ll eat it broiled, roasted, steamed, baked, and even raw. To that roster of preparations is the recent addition of oven-baked asparagus fries in all their golden, crispy-brown glory.

With the help of a breadcrumb trick that you can make use of beyond this recipe, I present the crispiest, crunchiest, tastiest asparagus I’ve made to date — and folks, it’s all done in the oven.

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