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Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli

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

roasted crispy broccoli in an air fryer

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

  • Crispy with slightly charred edges
  • Tender
  • Retains the green color when compared to oven roasting
  • Easy
  • Ready in under 10 minutes
  • Healthy / vegan
  • 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 make crispy 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.

Expert tips:

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

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

If using lesser broccoli, then reduce oven temperature accordingly (refer recipe for details).

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.

Toss broccoli with the seasonings prior to transferring to the air fryer. this helps the seasoning distribute evenly.

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

Make Garlic Parmesan Broccoli – Skip garlic powder and add about 4 cloves of grated garlic (grated garlic tends to adhere better to the florets when compared to chopped broccoli) along with seasoning and proceed as instructed. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the florets, when done.

To make ahead – Cook air fryer broccoli recipe, cool completely before refrigerating in a sealed container for up to 4 days. It can be reheated in the microwave (will loose all its crispiness), for a few minutes until heated through.

We recommend using the air fryer for reheating : Place the broccoli (without overlapping) in a pre heated 350°F air fryer for 2 to 4 minutes (depends on the quantity of broccoli), until heated through.

Don’t own an air fryer? Make roasted broccoli in the oven:

Prepare broccoli as instructed, transfer to a baking sheet (in a single layer) and bake in a pre heated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. (Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees if doubling the recipe).

Air fried broccoli variations:

  • Toss broccoli with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and salt
  • Toss broccoli with taco seasoning for a Mexican twist
  • Make it Indian – Mix broccoli with turmeric powder, chili powder, black pepper powder, cumin seeds, grated garlic and salt.

Serving suggestions

  • Top roasted broccoli with grated parmesan.

More cheesy dishes: Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese, Leftover Mac and Cheese Cups, Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, Chicken Broccoli Pasta Bake, Meatless Baked Ziti or Pasta Pizza.

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.

FAQs:

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). Please remember to skip adding water into the air fryer basket when using frozen broccoli.

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.

How to cut broccoli for roasting?

Begin by slicing off the floret stems, where they meet at the base and then slice large florets in half. To use the stalk (yes, you can eat the stalk too), cut stalk into about 1 to 2 inches measure and peel off the tough skin with a vegetable peeler.

Do you wash broccoli before roasting?

It is a good practice to wash all vegetables before cooking (both organic and inorganic). Simply place the broccoli under cold running water, making sure to scrub and rinse every nook and cranny. You could also immerse the broccoli in a bowl filled with a water mixed with a splash of vinegar. Drain water and pat dry before cutting.

How long to cook broccoli in air fryer?

It takes about 7 minutes for broccoli to air fry at 390 degrees.

Nutrition benefits from air fried broccoli

Being very low in calories, broccoli is very high in nutrition like protein, vitamins C, K, B9, Potassium, manganese, Iron and fiber. The bio active compounds in broccoli may help in lowering cholesterol levels and improving eyesight (please refer to healthline.com for a more detailed article).

a hand pulling out an air fryer basket with crispy roasted broccoli
freshly cooked roasted broccoli in an air fryer

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Yield: 4

Air Fryer Broccoli

hot crispy air fried broccoli in an air fryer

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 7 to 8 minutes at 390°F. When ready, place broccoli florets in a single layer and cook, giving them a good shake half way (broccoli florets in the perimeter tends to brown sooner than the middle. So, shaking once will help in even cooking)

(If using less broccoli, then air fry at:

380°F for 5 cups broccoli

370°F for 4 cups broccoli )

4. Serve as a side dish for dinner.

Make Garlic Parmesan Broccoli - Skip garlic powder and add about 4 cloves of grated garlic (grated garlic tends to adhere better to the florets when compared to chopped broccoli) along with seasoning and proceed as instructed. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the florets, when done.

To make ahead - Cool broccoli completely before refrigerating in a sealed container for up to 4 days. It can be reheated in the microwave (will loose all its crispiness), for a few minutes until heated through.

We recommend using the air fryer for reheating : Place the broccoli (without overlapping) in a pre heated 350°F air fryer for 2 to 4 minutes (depends on the quantity of broccoli), until heated through.

Make roasted broccoli in the oven:
Prepare broccoli as instructed, transfer to a baking sheet (in a single layer) and bake in a pre heated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. (Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees if doubling the recipe).

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


To use frozen broccoli - Do not thaw frozen broccoli. Cook them frozen in the same temperature, but add seasoning half way through cooking (when the broccoli has thawed). Please remember to skip adding water into the air fryer basket when using frozen broccoli.

To make ahead - Cool broccoli completely before refrigerating in a sealed container for up to 4 days. It can be reheated in the microwave (will loose all its crispiness), for a few minutes until heated through.

We recommend using the air fryer for reheating : Place the broccoli (without overlapping) in a pre heated 350°F air fryer for 2 to 4 minutes (depends on the quantity of broccoli), until heated through.

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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