These grilled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears are great as an appetizer or finger food at parties and it’s a fun and easy way to cook nutritious asparagus. This dish is paleo, low-carb and keto, gluten-free and Whole30.
Asparagus and prosciutto are a match made in heaven. The nutty and earthy flavour of the asparagus spears is complimented by the saltiness and crispiness of the ham. They can be grilled on a barbecue, pan-fried or broiled in the oven under a grill.
These prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears are great for entertaining guests or served as a starter dish at a dinner party. I also like to dip these in soft-boiled eggs instead of using toasted bread.
Making Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Make sure to get good quality prosciutto from your local deli, it should be cut paper-thin. Very thin bacon or Spanish jamon slices can also be used.
You can pre-wrap the asparagus with prosciutto ahead of time and store it in the fridge until guests arrive. It’s best served just off the grill. When I first made these, I used the whole prosciutto slice to wrap around each asparagus spear but it was a little too salty so I recommend using half of the strip as suggested in the instructions.
You might like to serve them with my delicious Romesco sauce for dipping.
- 12 spears asparagus
- 6 slices prosciutto
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil/ghee for frying
- Wash asparagus and cut 2-cm off the ends. Cut prosciutto strips into two halves, going lengthways. You should end up with 12 strips.
- Place each prosciutto strip on a chopping board at a 45-degree angle. Place one of the asparagus spears on top of the meat, perpendicular to it. The tip of the asparagus should be lined up with the bottom of the prosciutto strip. Wrap the bottom end of prosciutto over the asparagus and holding the meat tight, start rolling the asparagus up. The prosciutto strip will wrap around the whole length of the spear because it’s on an angle. Don’t worry if parts of the asparagus spears are not covered completely.
- Heat some ghee in a large, flat frying pan to sizzling hot. Fry wrapped asparagus spears for 1-2 minutes on each side or until prosciutto is brown and crispy.