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Air Fryer Broccoli

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty side dish or snack, this Air Fryer Broccoli is the way to go! It is super easy and you only need a few ingredients to make it.  It is simple to change up the seasoning to accompany the main course you’re serving it with. Plus, it's a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!
Air fryer broccoli in a white bowl with gray stripes on a cutting board.

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty side dish or snack, this Air Fryer Broccoli is the way to go! It is super easy and you only need a few ingredients to make it.  It is simple to change up the seasoning to accompany the main course you’re serving it with. Plus, it’s a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!

Broccoli in a bowl.

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Broccoli

The best part about this simple air fryer recipe is that you only need a few ingredients to make it. Here is what you will need:

Air Fryer Broccoli Ingredients

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How do I make Broccoli in the Air Fryer?

This healthy broccoli recipe could not be much easier to prepare. In fact, there are just two steps needed to make it.

Step 1: Prepare Broccoli

Snip the broccoli crowns down to bite size pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
Drizzle the broccoli with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli in the bowl until all pieces are coated with oil and seasoning.

Glass bowl with broccoli

Step 2: Air Fry Broccoli

Put the broccoli in the air fryer basket spaced evenly apart. Cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 minutes, toss the broccoli with tongs or shake the air fryer basket halfway through cook time. Serve warm and enjoy!

Roasted broccoli in a bowl.

Air Fryer Broccoli Tips 

  • Pre-cut broccoli works just as well as fresh broccoli, so that can save you time! Just make sure it isn’t frozen. Frozen takes an entirely different approach when using the air fryer.
  • Feel free to add more seasoning to the broccoli or none at all. This is just a great starting point if you are new to air frying veggies. You can add your own variety of seasonings as well! Seasoned salt, cajun seasoning, etc. are all great options.
  • It’s important you toss the broccoli halfway through so it cooks evenly. You can adjust the cooking time based on your preferences as far as the doneness of the broccoli. 

Piece of cooked broccoli on a fork.

Recipe FAQ’s

How does my air fryer work?

An air fryer is a machine that cooks food with heated air instead of cooking oil. This allows you to “fry” items with minimal oil or no oil at all. Air fryers are great for producing healthier versions of fried dishes, like this air fryer broccoli recipe.

Can I put frozen broccoli in the air fryer?

Yes! You can cook frozen broccoli in the air fryer. However, it will take a little longer to cook and will not get as crispy as fresh broccoli.

To cook frozen broccoli in the air fryer, make sure to take it out of the freezer and place it in the air fryer basket immediately. Spray it with cooking spray and sprinkle on seasoning. Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then shake air fryer basket or use tongs to toss the broccoli. Cook for an additional 5 to 15 minutes or until it crisps and browns slightly.

How long do you cook broccoli in an air fryer?

This recipe recommends cooking fresh broccoli for 16 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to monitor your food as it cooks, and adjust cooking time accordingly. Time will vary between make and model of air fryer.

I don’t have an air fryer, how else can I cook broccoli?

This simple recipe can easily be made in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place rack in upper third oven. Toss broccoli with oil and seasoning, then spread out on a sheet pan. Roast in oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until broccoli becomes crisp. Toss broccoli halfway through cook time. You may also enjoy trying this recipe: Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Oil

Can you reheat broccoli in the air fryer?

Yes! This recipe is perfect for leftovers. Simply reheat the broccoli in your air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of minutes.

What can I serve with this recipe?

This dish makes the perfect side to any meal, including chicken, steak, or fish. You can complete the meal with some pasta or your favorite rice. There are many options of what you can serve this air fryer broccoli with, as this vegetable is extremely versatile. 

What other veggies can I cook in an air fryer?

There are so many possibilities! Honestly, I can’t think of a vegetable that can’t be cooked in the air fryer. Pretty much anything you can cook in the oven or skillet, you can cook in the air fryer. 

Overhead view of cooked broccoli in a bowl on top of cutting board. Fresh broccoli at top of the photo.

Air fryer broccoli in a white bowl with gray stripes on a cutting board.

Air Fryer Broccoli

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty side dish or snack, this Air Fryer Broccoli is the way to go! It is super easy and you only need a few ingredients to make it.  It is simple to change up the seasoning to accompany the main course you’re serving it with. Plus, it's a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer, American
Keyword: Air Fryer Broccoli
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 162kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Snip the broccoli crowns down to bite size pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle the broccoli with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Toss the broccoli around in the bowl until all pieces are coated.
  • Put the broccoli in the air fryer basket spaced evenly apart.
  • Cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 minutes, tossing the broccoli with tongs or shake the air fryer basket halfway through cook time.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 1449mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2859IU | Vitamin C: 407mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 3mg
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