Air Fryer Broccoli

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Air Fryer Broccoli is a great side dish that takes less than 10 minutes to make in the air fryer and leads to a low-calorie, low-carb healthy side dish.

Air Fryer Broccoli

I’ve always loved roasted broccoli because of how its natural sweetness comes out with the crispy edges that form in the oven, but if you ask me it’s a serious pain to get out the baking sheet, pre-heat the oven for 15 minutes, and then roast the broccoli for up to 25 minutes before it’s done.

Why You’ll Love It

  • The air fryer is a huge time saver and a great tool for convenience. For the air fryer broccoli, all you have to do is season the veggies, give them a light spray or drizzle of olive oil, and put them in the basket to cook for 8 minutes.
  • The air fryer’s ability to create a crispy exterior and a little bit of char, while maintaining a tender interior is unmatched. With broccoli, this translates to a delightful crunch that elevates the vegetable to a whole new level.
  • You might be thinking it will turn out soggy or floppy and discolored, but it cooks up fresh and delicious.

Jerika says: 5 stars Wuhoo! this is perfect for me and my fam. Air Fryer Broccoli in less than 10 minutes. This is really awesome.Thanks!:)

» For even more flavor try this ranch roasted broccoli recipe. You can even cook frozen broccoli without defrosting.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients for air fryer broccoli
  • Broccoli – 1 head cut into florets. About 1 pound.
  • Olive oil – Cooking spray or 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Seasonings – Salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Equipment Information

Helpful Tips

  • Check for doneness by testing the broccoli with a fork – it should be tender and slightly crispy on the edges.
  • Season the broccoli with your choice of spices, such as smoked paprika, onion powder, ranch powder, lemon juice, or parmesan cheese for added flavor.
  • Cook longer for softer broccoli.
  • If you don’t like charred ends, lower the temperature to 370 and cook for 10 minutes.
  • If you don’t have an olive oil sprayer, put the florets in a bowl and toss with olive oil instead.

Oven Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Cut the broccoli into florets and arrange on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Roast in the oven at 425° F(220°C) for 10 minutes or until the florets begin to char. Check for doneness by testing the broccoli with a fork – it should be tender and slightly crispy on the edges.

air fryer broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli is a great side dish that takes less than 10 minutes to make in the air fryer and leads to a low-calorie, low-carb healthy side dish.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 53 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets (about 1 lb)
  • Extra virgin olive oil spray or 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.4 g) garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.3 g) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) red pepper flakes if desired

Instructions
 

  • Cut the broccoli into florets. Put them to the air fryer basket.
  • Spray the broccoli with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on evenly. Toss the basket to make sure all pieces get seasoned
  • Air Fry at 380°F (190°C) for 8 minutes, shaking halfway through.

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Notes

  • Cook longer for softer broccoli.
  • If you don’t like charred ends, lower the temperature to 370°F (185°C) and cook for 10 minutes.
  • If you don’t have an olive oil sprayer, put the florets in a bowl and toss with olive oil instead.
  • Check for doneness by testing the broccoli with a fork – it should be tender and slightly crispy on the edges.
  • Season the broccoli with your choice of spices, such as smoked paprika, onion powder, ranch powder, lemon juice, or parmesan cheese for added flavor.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 198mgPotassium: 485mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 984IUVitamin C: 136mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg
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How to Know When the Broccoli is Done

This method will make broccoli that still has a little crispness to it, with slightly charred bits on the end. This is my preferred way to eat broccoli. If you like yours more cooked and softer, you’ll need to turn the temp down to 370°F (185°C) and cook for 10 minutes. Lowering the temperature will prevent the florets from burning.

Because people like their broccoli at different degrees of doneness, you might need to adjust the temperature or timing to make it perfect for you.

You can determine when the broccoli is at your perfect amount of doneness through sight and touch. After 8 minutes, pull out the basket and squeeze one of the broccoli stems. It will be al dente and will still be a bit crisp.

If you want it cooked more than that, leave it in for up to 10 minutes. Another thing that will determine doneness is the amount of crispiness on the florets. Some people like less char, some people like a lot of char. It’s entirely up to you.

air fryer broccoli

What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

20 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

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