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Our Air Fryer Broccoli only takes 8 minutes to cook and is tender with crispy golden, roasted edges that are SO delicious. A healthy air fryer side dish that is super EASY to make!

Roasted broccoli on a white plate

Just like our Air Fryer Cauliflower and Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes, this easy Air Fryer recipe can be made in minutes, cooks a lot faster than in the oven, and most importantly tastes so delicious.

You can make it as crispy as you want and by adding some garlic powder and a drizzle of lemon this simple roasted broccoli recipe makes a super flavorful side that works with every meal.

Best of all, you can make this air fryer broccoli recipe in just under 15 minutes! You won’t believe how easy this recipe is to make!!

Ingredient Notes

  • Broccoli You can make this recipe with fresh broccoli, store-bought fresh broccoli florets, or frozen broccoli florets. Check out my tips below on how to prep a head of broccoli!
  • Olive oil – Olive oil or any vegetable oil works. You can also use oil spray, which makes it easier to evenly coat the broccoli.
  • Garlic powder – You can use garlic powder or fresh minced garlic if you don’t have powder on hand. I prefer powder because fresh garlic sometimes burns and gets bitter.
  • Lemon wedge – Optional but I love to serve broccoli with a drizzle of lemon. It gives it some zing and brightens the taste.

How to make this recipe

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found at the bottom of the page on the printable recipe card.

Steps for making broccoli in an Air Fryer
  1. Preheat: Preheat your Air Fryer to 380 F. This way the cooking time will be more accurate but it is not necessary for every Air Fryer. My Philips Air Fry gets hot pretty instantly for example.
  2. Season: In a bowl, combine the broccoli florets, oil, and spices. You want all the florets to be evenly coated. Using your hands works great for this!
  3. Air Fry: Transfer the broccoli to the air fryer basket and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, tossing the florets twice throughout the cooking time.
  4. Serve: Drizzle the roasted broccoli with some freshly squeezed lemon juice for extra flavor and serve immediately. It tastes best hot!

Expert Tips

  • Types of broccoli: You can make this recipe with fresh broccoli, store-bought fresh broccoli florets, or frozen broccoli florets.
  • Keep florets similar in size: Try to keep the florets as similar in size as possible. This ensures even cooking and makes timing much easier. I also recommend cutting store-bought florets into evenly sized pieces if you have time.
  • Season: I like air fryer broccoli the best with just some garlic and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over it. You could also serve it with some lemony balsamic vinaigrette dressing or use any spices you prefer.
  • Toss the florets: Every couple of minutes, shake the basket or use tongs to toss the broccoli. This prevents the broccoli from sticking and cooks it evenly. Plus, it helps the edges to become golden brown and crispy.
  • Don’t let the broccoli overcook! It will turn from vibrant green to olive-green if cooked too long.

Recipe FAQs

How do you cut a head of broccoli?

On a cutting board, hold the broccoli with the stem facing up. Use a knife to remove the florets from the crown, leaving about 1 inch of stem on each piece. Separate larger florets into evenly sized pieces. You can store cut, prepared broccoli in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Do you wash broccoli?

Yes, but it’s much easier to wash broccoli after it’s been cut into florets. After cutting the broccoli crown into florets, transfer them to a strainer and wash them thoroughly with cool running water. Shake them dry.

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes, it’s also possible to make frozen broccoli in the Air Fryer! Cooking time will be a little bit longer but the steam will help the edges not to burn.

Broccoli florets on a plate with a serving spoon

Leftovers

Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Keep in mind that the broccoli won’t be crispy anymore after being in the fridge.

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or throw them in the Air Fryer for about 3 minutes at 350 F.

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Air Fryer Broccoli

Our Air Fryer Broccoli only takes 8 minutes to cook and is tender with crispy golden, roasted edges that are SO delicious.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lemon wedge, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 380 F.
  • In a bowl combine broccoli florets, oil, and spices. Toss until evenly coated.
  • Transfer to air fryer basket and cook for 8-10 minutes or longer depending on desired crispiness, tossing broccoli twice through cooking time.
  • Serve drizzled with lemon juice.

Notes

  • Types of broccoli: You can make this recipe with fresh broccoli, store-bought fresh broccoli florets, or frozen broccoli florets.
  • Keep florets similar in size: Try to keep the florets as similar in size as possible. This ensures even cooking and makes timing much easier. I also recommend cutting store-bought florets into evenly sized pieces if you have time.
  • Season: I like air fryer broccoli the best with just some garlic and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over it. You could also serve it with some lemony balsamic vinaigrette dressing or use any spices you prefer. Sprinkle it with freshly grated parmesan cheese for extra flavor!
  • Toss the florets: Every couple of minutes, shake the basket or use tongs to toss the broccoli. This prevents the broccoli from sticking and cooks it evenly. Plus, it helps the edges to become golden brown and crispy.
  • Don’t let the broccoli overcook! It will turn from vibrant green to olive-green if cooked too long.

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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