Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

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Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is an easy appetizer or side dish ready in 30 minutes! These savory bundles roast in the oven for crispy bites.

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus on a white plate.

Fresh asparagus is a versatile elongated vegetable that becomes tender and subtly sweet when cooked. To balance the earthy flavor of the fibrous stems, try wrapping them with salty prosciutto. The thinly sliced pieces of cured ham create a bundle for perfectly portioned servings.

The high heat works its magic, crisping the prosciutto to a delightful texture that contrasts beautifully with the soft, succulent spears beneath. This dish, elegant in its simplicity, is remarkably quick to prepare, emerging from the oven in a mere 15 minutes, ready to grace your table with its refined charm.

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients to make prosciutto wrapped asparagus with labels.
  • Procuitto: When the pork leg is salt-cured and dried, it’s called prosciutto crudo, which has a rich, salty taste but without being fatty. You can enjoy it uncooked since the salt curing time helps preserve the meat. I also use it in the summer to make prosciutto and melon.
  • Asparagus: You can find this fiber-rich vegetable year-round in most markets. However, the peak season for the sweetest stalks is in the spring. Select bright green, firm, dry tips, about ½-inch thick. Thin asparagus will cook too quickly and turn mushy before the meat gets crisp. I add 4 to 6 stalks to each bundle as a side dish.
  • Olive Oil: For coating the spears to add flavor and brushing on the pork before roasting to crispen the surface.
  • Seasoning: Season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Cheese: After roasting, garnish the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears with aged parmesan cheese for a pleasant salty and nutty taste.

See the recipe card below for all ingredients and measurements (US and metric).

Step 1: Set the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat it to 400°F (204°C). This temperature will quickly roast the asparagus until tender and crisp the pork.

Prepare the asparagus

Person cutting the ends off of three asparagus stalks.

Cut off the hard-to-eat ends.

A bowl of asparagus seasoned with salt and pepper.

Oil and season the surface.

Step 2: The stalk has a natural break, where you can easily snap the rigid bottom portion off. Use that as a guide to cut the remaining stalks. You can typically yield a 7 to 8-inch long piece after trimming. Season the pieces with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and garlic powder for more flavor.

The tips and stems are very tender. However, when harvested, the stem turns woody as it’s trying to help the plant heal itself. Although edible, it can become too fibrous to chew.

Wrap the asparagus

Person wrapping a piece of prosciutto around a bundle of asparagus.

Step 3: Evenly divide the asparagus into bundles, about 5 per serving. Carefully wrap them tightly with a strip of prosciutto. I place the bundle on the prosciutto laid on a cutting board, then slowly roll it up around the center. Prosciutto is sticky, so it should adhere to itself. You’ll have about 8 servings.

Pro Tip: You can make smaller bundles using 1 to 3 stalks, but I recommend cutting the thin slices of prosciutto crosswise in half so the texture doesn’t get too chewy and salty.

Ready to roast

Brushing olive oil on prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

Step 5: Brush olive oil over the meat to help it crisp faster in the oven. Sprinkle black pepper on top for more flavor. Place the ham and asparagus bundles in a single layer on a wire rack set in a baking pan—Roast at 400ºF (204°C) for about 13 to 15 minutes.

The rack elevates the pieces, allowing hot air to circulate under them for even cooking without flipping. I use this method when making bacon-wrapped asparagus, especially when there are more fat drippings.

Step 6: Top the bundles with grated parmesan cheese after roasting for extra savory notes. Feel free to skip the cheese, but it’s a delicious topping!

Flavor variations

Now that you know how to make prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, try these tasty flavor variations!

  • Prosciutto Substitute: Try pancetta or large slices of salami.
  • Asparagus: Use mild-flavored white asparagus or sweet and nutty purple asparagus instead of green.
  • Seasoning: Add fresh herbs like thyme, oregano, or dried Italian seasoning. Make it spicy with cayenne, chili powder, or chipotle.
  • Cheese: Instead of parmesan, try Parmigiana Reggiano or Pecorino Romano.
  • Citrus: Serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze the lemon juice on top, or add grated lemon zest for garnish.

Serving suggestions

Frequently asked questions

Can each asparagus spear be individually wrapped?

Yes, you can individually wrap asparagus with half a piece of prosciutto. Cut in half crosswise and twist it along the length of the stem.

How long do you cook asparagus wrapped in prosciutto?

Roast the bundles at 400ºF (204°C) for about 13 to 15 minutes. The cooking time is dependent on how thick the asparagus stalks are. I find that 15 minutes is perfect for ½-inch thin spears to yield a tender texture.

Can prosciutto-wrapped asparagus be grilled?

Yes, you can place the wrapped asparagus on the grill. Make sure to put them perpendicular to the grill grates so they don’t fall through. Flip halfway through cooking. You should get a nice char mark on the meat.

Cooked prosciutto wrapped asparagus on a wire rack.

Do I have to cook the prosciutto?

If using the refrigerated prosciutto crudo, you don’t have to cook the ham in the oven. It can be eaten directly from the package since it has been salt-cured for up to a year and dried, so it’s safe to eat. You can roast the asparagus, then wrap the bundles with the chilled prosciutto if you prefer a softer texture.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Delicious prosciutto-wrapped asparagus makes the perfect appetizer or side dish, and it's ready to serve in just 30 minutes!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 pounds asparagus, about 40 spears
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces prosciutto, 8 slices
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat the Oven – Adjust the oven rack to the center position and set the temperature to 400°F (204°C).
  • Prepare the Asparagus – Wash and dry thoroughly. Trim off the tough fibrous ends to give about 7-inch long spears. Evenly coat with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Wrap the Asparagus – Divide the seasoned asparagus into 8 even-sized bundles. Tightly wrap one slice of prosciutto around the center of each bundle. They should stick together, but you can secure it with a toothpick if needed.
  • Brush and Season – Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Place the wrapped bundles on the wire rack. Brush the prosciutto with some of the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Lightly season with black pepper.
  • Roast – Cook until the prosciutto gets lightly brown and crisp and the asparagus is tender, about 13 to 15 minutes.
  • To Serve – Serve warm, topped with parmesan cheese.

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • Make-Ahead: The wrapped asparagus can be covered and stored in an airtight container for up to two days before roasting.
  • Storing: Cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Loosely cover and reheat on the high setting in the microwave in 15 to 30-second intervals until hot. Alternatively, bake at 350ºF (177ºC) until hot.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8 servings
Calories 131kcal (7%)Carbohydrates 5g (2%)Protein 4g (8%)Fat 11g (17%)Saturated Fat 3g (15%)Polyunsaturated Fat 2gMonounsaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gCholesterol 10mg (3%)Sodium 180mg (8%)Potassium 260mg (7%)Fiber 2g (8%)Sugar 2g (2%)Vitamin A 868IU (17%)Vitamin C 6mg (7%)Calcium 34mg (3%)Iron 3mg (17%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. Gregg E says

    These prosciutto wrapped asparagus are amazing. Followed your instructions and they came out tender and delicious. You were right about the prosciutto being slightly crispy. Definitely keeping this recipe around 😋