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Air Fryer Broccoli is an easy side dish that perfectly cooks the broccoli – it’s like roasted broccoli but easier without turning on the oven! Seasoned with pantry spices, it has the best crisp-tender texture after it’s cooked. Your family will LOVE this!

Overhead shot of air fryer broccoli on a plate

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

We make broccoli at least once a week – I absolutely love it. In the past, roasting it in the oven has been a favorite way to make it, but now I use my air fryer! Cooking broccoli in your air fryer takes away all the guesswork so you get perfectly cooked broccoli florets every time. I love roasted vegetables, but sometimes I don’t want to turn on the oven, or I’m using the oven for something else – so, hello, air fryer!

I think air fryer broccoli tastes even better than oven-roasted broccoli. You can use a lot less oil and the broccoli cooks evenly and it’s done in a fraction of the time of roasting: less than 15 minutes!

Overhead shot of all ingredients needed to make air fryer broccoli

Ingredients Needed

  • Broccoli: Use fresh heads of broccoli or buy florets. You can also use frozen broccoli.
  • Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil: You only need ½ teaspoon!
  • Spices: Garlic powder, Black pepper, Onion powder, and Salt

Variations & Substitutions

Garlic: If you want to use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder, wait to add it to the air fryer until the last three minutes of cooking time.

Spices: Mix it up by using your favorites. I also sometimes add some red pepper flakes, or sometimes smoked paprika.

How to Air Fry Broccoli

  • Place the florets in a bowl and toss them with the oil and seasonings.
  • Put the seasoned florets in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook them at 400 degrees F for three minutes. Shake the basket and then cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the broccoli is tender and crisp around the edges.

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • You can also skip using oil and just spray the raw broccoli with nonstick cooking spray.
  • To keep broccoli from burning in the air-fryer, add a tablespoon of water to the bottom of the air fryer to help the broccoli cook through before it’s burned or over done.
  • Cut fresh broccoli florets into equal-sized pieces, so they cook evenly.
  • Top cooked broccoli with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

How to Store Leftover Broccoli

Leftover cooked broccoli can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for two to three days. It won’t stay crispy around the edges, but it will still be delicious.

I don’t recommend freezing air fryer broccoli. It will be mushy when you warm it up. It’s so easy – just make a fresh batch when you want some!

When you’re reheating leftover broccoli, just pop it back into the air fryer for a few minutes.

Plate full of air fryer broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

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Air Fryer Broccoli is so easy to make and uses very little oil! We love using our air fryer for vegetables because they come out perfect every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 2 cups broccoli florets (fresh or still frozen)
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon water
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  • Wash and trim broccoli.
  • Toss with oil, then toss with garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, and salt.
  • Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Add a tablespoon of water to the bottom and place broccoli into the air fryer.
  • Cook at 400°F for 6 minutes. Shake the container after 3 minutes to make sure it’s cooking evenly. All machines cook differently so yours may cook faster.
  • Remove from the air fryer. Toss and serve, adding additional salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

  • Optional: when the broccoli is done, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan or drizzle with lemon juice.
  • Trim broccoli to equal sizes to have them cook evenly.
  • Broccoli tastes great when it is cooked until bright green or even a little browned
    on the edges.
  • Use an oil that can be cooked at high heat.
  • The water helps the broccoli cook without smoking or overheating.
  • Use your favorite seasonings. Try chili powder, cumin, curry powder, parsley or anything you like. If you use fresh garlic, don’t add it until the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on May 19, 2024

Dorothy Kern

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