This crispy, crunchy fried asparagus with a spicy dipping sauce makes a great appetizer or a side.
Wash and drain the asparagus but leave damp.
Add 2 inches of frying oil to a dutch oven or cast iron skillet and heat to 350 degrees.
In a shallow plate, combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon each of paprika, salt, and pepper.
In an oblong container, combine 1 cup flour and the rest of the spices.
Whisk in 1 cup beer.
Dredge the damp asparagus in the dry flour mixture to coat.
Dip the coated asparagus in the beer batter.
Drop the battered asparagus spears into the hot oil one at a time.
Deep fry 2-3 minutes turning after 1 minute.
Remove from the hot oil and drain on paper towels.
Repeat process until all the asparagus has been fried.
Mix together the mayonnaise and the hot sauce.
Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish.
The dipping sauce can be made in advance and refrigerated.
I use avocado oil for frying because of its high smoke point. Peanut oil works well, too.