Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli is crispy with slightly charred edges yet tender and retains the green color. It cooks in a fraction of the time when compared to oven and makes a flavorful, healthy side dish.

An open air fryer with roasted broccoli

Roasted broccoli has always been one of our children’s favorite side dishes. My favorite part is that it is freshly available all year round and packed with nutrients.

Oven roasted broccoli has always been my go-to method of cooking ( with this cheesy broccoli being more popular), until I experimented with my air fryer. Air fryer cooks food by circulating hot air around, like a convection oven. It is faster and a great option for folks who do not have access to an oven.

If you are new to air fryer, then this is a great recipe to start. It is easy, no-fuss and you end up with delicious side for dinner.

Air fryer broccoli is

  • Crispy with slightly charred edges
  • Tender
  • Retains the green color when compared to oven roasting
  • Easy
  • Ready in under 10 minutes
  • Healthy
  • Packed with nutrients
  • Family favorite

Main ingredients:

Broccoli – Cut into medium, even sized florets. The stems are delicious as well (peel off the thick outer part).

Olive oil

Seasonings – Salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes

How to cook broccoli in air fryer?

Toss broccoli with olive oil and seasonings, making sure that the seasoning coats evenly.

Add 2 tablespoons water into the air fryer basket and then place broccoli in a single layer. Cook at 390° for 8 minutes (giving a shake mid way) and serve hot.

Pro Tips:

Water – Adding 2 tablespoons water into the air fryer basket helps with

  • Air fryer not smoking
  • Broccoli is tender
  • Not too charred

Floret size – Cut florets into medium size florets (about 1 and 1/2 inches) and make sure that all florets are the same size which ensures even cooking.

Mix well – Make sure that the seasonings coats all the nooks and crannies of the broccoli florets well.

Serving suggestions:

Top roasted broccoli with grated parmesan.

Perfect side dish with your favorite pastas , chicken, meat or other dinner recipes.

How to make ahead:

Cooked and cooled broccoli can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, until hot. Please remember that the broccoli will loose its crispiness when refrigerated.

Airfryer broccoli FAQ:

Can you put frozen broccoli in the air fryer?

Yes! Do not thaw frozen broccoli. Cook them frozen in the same temperature, but add seasoning half way through cooking (when the broccoli has thawed).

What kind of nutrition are in air fried broccoli?

Air fried broccoli is a rich source of vitamins C, K, iron, potassium, manganese, folate, calcium, protein, and fiber. minerals and antioxidants.

Can you put water in air fryer?

It is recommended to add water into the air fryer basket when cooking fatty foods to prevent from the air fryer from smoking.

A hand pulling out an air fryer basket with hot roasted broccoli
An open air fryer with roasted broccoli

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Air fryer chicken nuggets

Air fryer Chickpeas <— Crispy

Yield: 4

Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli is crispy with slightly charred edges yet tender and retains the green color. It cooks in a fraction of the cooking time when compared to oven and makes a flavorful makes a healthy side dish.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

Equipment used

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and toss well, until well combined (making sure that the seasonings coats all the nooks and crannies of the broccoli florets).

2. Add 2 tablespoons water into the bottom of the air fryer basket (this will help in cooking them tender and not char too much).

3. Pre heat the air fryer for 8 minutes at 390°F. When hot, place broccoli florets in a single layer and cook, giving them a good shake half way.

4. Serve as a side dish for dinner.

Notes

Floret size – Cut florets into medium size florets (about 1 and 1/2 inches) and make sure that all florets are the same size which ensures them even cooking.

Mix well – Make sure that the seasonings coats all the nooks and crannies of the broccoli florets well.

Water – Adding 2 tablespoons water into the air fryer basket helps with

  • Air fryer not smoking
  • Broccoli is tender
  • Not too charred

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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