Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Rinse asparagus in cold water and pat dry. Add all-purpose flour to a large dish or platter. Combine breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and paprika on a separate large plate. Beat eggs and add to a large bowl.
1 pound asparagus preferably thin, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup breadcrumbs Italian-style, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon paprika, 2 eggs beaten
Dip asparagus in the eggs, then roll in the flour. Dip in the eggs again, then coat in the breadcrumbs. Repeat until all asparagus is coated.
Transfer breaded asparagus to your air fryer tray in an even layer. Leave a little bit of space between each piece of asparagus. You can fill both racks if you have an air fryer with two racks.
Air fry for 7 minutes at 400°F. Remove with tongs and serve with dipping sauce.
Lemon Garlic Aioli
Thoroughly mix together aioli ingredients until completely combined. Refrigerate.
½ teaspoon lemon zest, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, Pinch of salt to taste, 1 cup mayonnaise
Nutrition value is only for asparagus fries.
Trim asparagus first:
Hold the woody end of the asparagus between your thumb and index finger and bend it until it snaps off. It should snap cleanly off.
Neatly stack your remaining asparagus spears next to the asparagus you snapped. Use it as a guide to cut off the woody ends of the remaining asparagus using a sharp kitchen knife.