Air Fryer Broccoli is delicious and tender. It's so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients, you will want to add this healthy side dish to all of your favorite meals.
WHY I LOVE THIS RECIPE
Broccoli is not only a tasty vegetable, it is full of nutrients that can contribute to your health. Broccoli is a good carb food, and because it is high in fiber, it helps with digestion and reduces inflammation in the body.
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- broccoli -fresh broccoli florets or a head of broccoli, cut into equal-sized pieces
- extra virgin olive oil- or avocado oil
- garlic powder-or fresh minced garlic
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- optional-shredded cheese such as parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese
Cut broccoli before air frying, slice the broccoli head and cut broccoli florets, medium to small in sized pieces, removing the core.
Place florets in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil and seasonings.
Transfer the seasoned broccoli to basket, in a single layer, work in batches if necessary. Try not to overfill the basket, or the broccoli won't air fry evenly.
Air fry broccoli at 400° Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes. Be sure to shake air fryer basket halfway through cooking or use tongs to flip the broccoli. Cook until broccoli has crispy edges or reaches your the crisp you desire.
I make this recipe in my Cosori air fryer. Keep in mind, wattages and types of air fryers can vary, so cooking times may need to be adjusted by a minute or two.
Besides cheesy broccoli, you can drizzle fresh lemon juice or lemon zest on the broccoli, as well as your favorite seasonings. Fresh garlic, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, or try seasoning blends such as Ranch Seasoning seasoning like Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning.
For a spicier taste, you can add red pepper chili flakes, a pinch of chili powder or drizzle broccoli with balsamic glaze. We also love to dip or drizzle our veggies with a cheese sauce.
STORING AND REHEATING
Storage for leftover broccoli is easy. Just keep it covered in an airtight container in the fridge. You can keep it stored for 5-7 days. I don't recommend that you freeze leftover broccoli because it can be soggy when reheated.
Leftover broccoli is so easy to reheat! Just return it to the air fryer basket, and air fry at 400 degrees F for 2-4 minutes, until it is heated and crispy again. You can also reheat it in the microwave, but the air fryer keeps it less soggy.
When cutting the florets, try to make them as close in size as possible. They don't have to be exact, but this will help them air fry more evenly.
If you want the cheesy flavor, without using cheese, sprinkle nutritional yeast on the broccoli before air frying. It's delicious and low carb and low calories.
If you prefer crispy over a tender texture, add a few extra minutes to the cook time until it has a light crunch.
Can I use frozen broccoli?
Yes you can cook frozen broccoli florets. Our Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli post covers everything you need to know about making frozen broccoli in the air fryer.
Can I make air fryer broccoli at a time?
Yes you can. The best broccoli is when it's fresh and just out of the oven. But if you want to make ahead for a side dish, or for leftovers, you can keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. When you're ready to eat it, heated in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes until it is warm.
What goes well with broccoli as a vegetable side dish?
Broccoli goes well with so many main dishes. Air Fryer Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Meatloaf, Air Fryer Turkey Breast, or Naked Grilled Chicken Tenders are just a few of our favorite dinners to pair with broccoli.
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Air Fryer Broccoli
- 1 Air Fryer
- 1 head Broccoli cut into about 3-4 cups
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Optional Toppings: Shredded Cheese, such as parmesan or cheddar
- Cut broccoli before air frying, slice the broccoli head and cut broccoli florets, medium to small in sized pieces, removing the core.
- Place florets in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss the broccoli until it is coated with the oil and Seasonings.
- Transfer the seasoned broccoli to basket, in a single layer, work in batches if necessary.
- Air fry broccoli at 400° Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes, shake air fryer basket halfway through cooking, and cook until broccoli reaches your the crisp you desire.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.