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Easy Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

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This is the best air fryer broccoli recipe, in fact it’s what I use my air fryer for most! Not only is this broccoli air fryer recipe made with just 3 simple ingredients, but it also cooks up in a fraction of the time of roasted broccoli. I’ll show you how to cook broccoli in the air fryer (it’s so easy anyone can do it!), and I’m also sharing tips for the BEST air fryer roasted broccoli plus different seasoning options so you can serve it with almost anything.

If you’re obsessed with your air fryer, and constantly looking for other ways to use it, my air fryer buffalo cauliflower and air fryer broccoli and cauliflower recipes are a must! It’s such a great way to make vegetables super delicious. (Add air fryer tilapia for a main!)

Air fryer broccoli recipe in a white bowl
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Can you cook fresh broccoli in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook broccoli in the air fryer and it’s actually what made me fall in love with the air fryer! If you love roasted broccoli, you’ll love how easy it is to make air fryer roasted broccoli.

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What You’ll Love About Broccoli in the Air Fryer

  • Seriously the best way to eat broccoli
  • Perfectly tender broccoli
  • Cooks in just 6-8 minutes
  • Crunchy bits in half the time
  • Made with just 3 simple ingredients
  • Nutritious and healthy side dish to your favorite protein
Bowl of air fryer roasted broccoli

Ingredients

  • Broccoli florets – You can buy a bag of fresh broccoli florets or a small broccoli head. If you use the bag, just be sure to trim the broccoli as there is often a big range of sizes.
  • Olive oil – The olive oil gives the broccoli great flavor, but you could also use a different oil if you prefer.
  • Sea salt – See other seasoning ideas below

How to Make Best Air Fryer Recipe

This is an overview on how to cook broccoli in air fryer, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Preheat air fryer. Preheat for a few minutes at 400 degrees F.
Trim broccoli. Cut the broccoli florets so they are the same size.
Ingredients to make air fryer roasted broccoli
Season broccoli. In a large bowl drizzle oil over broccoli florets and sprinkle with seasonings (see list below for ideas). Toss to coat and transfer broccoli to air fryer basket in a single layer.
Drizzling broccoli with olive oil for air fryer broccoli recipe
Air fry broccoli. Roast broccoli in the air fryer for 6-8 minutes, depending on how done you want it. Shake air fryer basket after 3 minutes.
Broccoli in the air fryer

4 Tips for the Best Roasted Broccoli in Air Fryer

1. Preheat air fryer

Preheat for a few minutes to help speed up the cooking

2. Trim broccoli

You’ll want all of the broccoli florets to be approximately the same size so they cook evenly

3. Coat evenly, don’t be shy

The olive oil imparts great flavor to the broccoli, give it a good coating

4. Don’t overcrowd air fryer

Cook broccoli in batches so that it roasts and doesn’t “steam”

Bowl of broccoli in air fryer

FAQs

How long to cook broccoli in air fryer?

The cooking time will vary a bit on your broccoli size, your air fryer, and how roasted you want them.

I recommend trimming the broccoli to about 1 inch pieces and start checking at 6 minutes. After 6 minutes of cooking, it will be lightly roasted with a tender texture, without much charring. After 8 minutes of cooking, it will be a bit crunchy with lots of charring.

Is broccoli in the air fryer good?

YES, broccoli in the air fryer is SO good! In fact it’s so good that I think it’s reason enough to buy an air fryer.

Is air fryer broccoli healthy?

Yes, air fryer broccoli is healthy and I love that it’s a simple and easy way to make vegetables delicious and enjoyable. Because if a food is healthy without tasting good…well, you’re probably not going to want to eat it so it sort of defeats the purpose.

Can you air fry broccoli without oil?

I suppose you can air fry broccoli without oil, but why would you want to?! If you want to use less oil, you can also use an olive oil spritzer to impart some of the olive oil flavor and benefits in a lighter way.

Can I cook frozen broccoli in the air fryer?

Yes! I have a whole post dedicated to cooking frozen broccoli and I’ll break down the different ways and the pros and cons of each.

Storage Instructions

Store air fryer broccoli leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat broccoli in the microwave, oven, or throw it back into the air fryer.

Can you freeze roasted broccoli in the air fryer?

Yes, you can also freeze leftover broccoli for 2-3 months.

Bowl of air fryer roasted broccoli

What to Serve with Broccoli Air Fryer Recipe

This roasted broccoli in air fryer makes a great side to just about any main dish. Here are a few to try:

How to Feed Air Fryer Broccoli to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

When it comes to veggies, your job is to provide the opportunities and keep the exposures coming! Switch up how you are serving your veggies, how you are seasoning veggies, and how you are preparing veggies! I always roasted broccoli until charred as I think it’s delicious that way, but was shocked when my kids had (mushy) steamed broccoli and LOVED it. Moral of the story is…switch it up!

bowl of roasted air fryer broccoli

Seasoning Ideas for Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli

We gobble this broccoli air fryer recipe simply seasoned with sea salt, but if you’re looking to switch it up, try one of these seasoning ideas:

  • Sesame soy – Toss broccoli with 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Garlic salt – Swap salt for garlic salt or use some salt and some garlic powder and finish with a dusting of Parmesan cheese.
  • Lemon pepper – Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Seasoning salt – Swap salt for seasoning salt.
  • Ranch – Swap out the salt for dry ranch seasoning mix.

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Air fryer broccoli recipe in a white bowl

Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Description

This EASY + DELICIOUS air fryer broccoli recipe is our favorite way to enjoy veggies! Quick, nutritious, and incredibly versatile. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 oz. broccoli florets (trimmed so they are the same size) (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for a few minutes. 

  2. Toss broccoli with olive oil and sea salt and place into air fryer in a single layer.

  3. Air fry broccoli at 400 degrees F for 6-8 minutes, or until cooked to desired consistency. Shake air fryer basket after 3 minutes. 


Notes

  • Cooking time: 6 minutes is lightly roasted, 8 minutes is crunchy and charred 

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