Fried Asparagus Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lemons, zested
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed

Directions

  1. Heat 1-inch vegetable oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium heat.
  2. Whisk buttermilk, paprika, black pepper, and lemon zest together in a wide bowl.
  3. Pour flour into a separate wide bowl.
  4. Place a paper towel-lined plate near the stove top.
  5. Dip 1/3 of asparagus in buttermilk mixture.
  6. Transfer asparagus to flour and coat thoroughly.
  7. Repeat with a second layer of buttermilk mixture and flour.
  8. Fry coated asparagus in the hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined plate.
  9. Repeat the battering and frying process until all the sticks are cooked. Serve immediately.