This easy Air fryer Broccoli takes just 10 minutes to make. It is tender with roasted edges and so delicious. It is a perfect healthy side dish that the whole family will love.

Roasted broccoli topped with lemon and parmesan
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I have often used my air fryer to make quick, easy veggie side dishes that the kids will love. Broccoli, carrots, green beans, and brussels sprouts have all been on rotation in our house.

Before we had the air fryer, I used to roast broccoli in the oven, which works great too. It is just so much quicker in the air fryer. It takes less than 10 minutes!

As we all know, broccoli comes packed with loads of nutrition and has so many health benefits:

  • They have fiber, vitamin C, K, iron, and potassium.
  • Also, they have a higher protein content than most vegetables.
  • They help in lowering your blood cholesterol.
  • Boosts your eye health.

Making this Air Fryer Broccoli as a side dish is a win-win. Kids love it, and I can make it in less than 10 minutes!!

If your family loves broccoli, check out the Tofu Broccoli Stir Fry recipe.

Watch How to Make Air Fryer Broccoli

Roasted broccoli in air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Broccoli?

I have kept this recipe fairly simple so that it can be made with pantry ingredients. I use garlic powder, salt, and pepper to season the broccoli. We love to sprinkle freshly grated parmesan at the end. You can also call this recipe Garlic Parmesan broccoli.

  • Start with separating the broccoli florets. Cut into similar-sized florets, as that will help with even roasting. Rinse with water and let them dry well. If not, spread them evenly on a kitchen towel and let them dry.
  • To make it easier, you can also use store-bought cut and pre-washed broccoli.
Broccoli seasoned in a bowl
  • Place the cleaned florets in a large bowl and add avocado oil and seasonings. I used garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I usually use garlic powder when seasoning the broccoli, but if you want, you can also use 2-3 cloves of freshly minced garlic.
  • Toss them all well so that the broccoli is nicely coated with the seasonings.
seasoned broccoli in air fryer basket
  • Transfer the tossed broccoli to the air-fryer and spread in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might have to cook in batches.

Extra Tip: If you like, add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the air fryer basket before adding the broccoli florets. This will help steam the broccoli as it cooks, and will give with perfect tender on the inside and crisp on the outside texture.

  • Set the temperature at 380°F and air fry the broccoli for 6-9 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through. There is no need to preheat the air-fryer as the cooking time also counts for the pre-heating time.
  • If you want a crispier texture, increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes.
air fried broccoli with some crispy edges

Roasted broccoli is ready. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle some parmesan and lime juice. Enjoy!

Lightly roasted broccoli perfect side dish for kids and adults

How to make Roasted Broccoli in the Oven?

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Follow the same steps as above to prep the broccoli and transfer them to a large sheet pan. 
  • Alternatively, you can add the seasonings and the oil to the sheet pan and spread the broccoli.
  • Spread the broccoli with enough space between them and ensure they don’t overlap.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes. Stir halfway for even cooking.
Closeup of roasted broccoli in a fork

Variations

You can also try multiple variations of this vegetable like:

  • Toss the broccoli in some balsamic vinegar along with the seasonings.
  • Try other seasoning options like onion powder, cumin powder, paprika, or red chili flakes if you like a spicier taste.
  • You can also try taco seasoning or Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning.
  • Give your roasted broccoli an Indian twist by adding cumin powder, turmeric powder, and garam masala as seasoning.
Roasted broccoli topped with lemon and parmesan

Tips to make the best air fryer roasted broccoli

  • Separate the florets or cut them into even-sized pieces, as this helps the broccoli to cook well.
  • I prefer to use ground seasonings such as garlic powder for roasted vegetables. It is just easier to toss in the seasonings with the veggies. Also, toss it in a separate bowl before adding it to the air fryer basket or tray.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Preferably, spread the broccoli in a single layer. Cook in batches if needed.
  • I cook the broccoli until it is done, with crisp edges and a tender texture (which also works great for kids). If you like crispier broccoli, add 1-2 minutes to the roasting time.
  • Serve them right away after cooking for the best flavor!

How to Serve?

We love to serve this air fryer broccoli as a side dish with penne pasta or mac and cheese. It pairs well with any meat dishes as well.

My kids love to dip the roasted broccoli in ranch or garlic yogurt dip and enjoy it as a snack.

Common Questions

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes, frozen broccoli cooks just as well. It will just not get as crispy as fresh broccoli. Use the same method and add 1-2 minutes to the cooking time.

Can I store leftover roasted broccoli?

Yes, you can. Let the leftover broccoli cool to room temperature and store it in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

How to reheat roasted broccoli?

Place broccoli into the air fryer basket and cook for 2-4 minutes at 380°F until heated through.

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4.93 from 13 votes

Perfect Air Fryer Broccoli

This easy Air fryer broccoli takes just 10 minutes to make. It is tender with roasted edges and so delicious. A perfect healthy side dish that the whole family will love.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces Broccoli , cut into small even florets
  • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil, or olive oil

Seasoning

Optional Garnishes

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Parmesan, freshly grated
  • Red chili flakes , if you like spicy

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, add the broccoli florets. Add the avocado oil and seasonings. Toss them well, so they are all coated with the seasoning.
    Broccoli seasoned in a bowl
  • Transfer the seasoned broccoli to the air fryer basket and spread in a single layer. Set the air fryer to 380°F (cook in batches if needed).
    seasoned broccoli in air fryer basket
  • Air fry for 6-9 minutes for the perfect texture. Shake the basket half way through. (Preheating is not required. The cooking time includes preheating time). For extra crispy broccoli, add 1-2 minutes.
    air fried broccoli with some crispy edges
  • Serve and enjoy broccoli. Optionally, sprinkle some lime juice and some freshly grated parmesan.
    Air Fryer broccoli

In Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Transfer the broccoli to a large sheet pan. You can also add the olive oil and seasonsings on the sheet pan.
  • Spread evenly so they do not overlap. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring once half way through.

Video

Notes

Tips to cook broccoli in the air fryer:
  • Separate the florets or cut into even-sized pieces, as this helps the broccoli to cook well.
  • Do not overcrowd in the air fryer basket. Preferably spread the broccoli in a single layer. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Serve right way after cooking, for the best texture!
More seasoning options: 
  • Toss the broccoli in some balsamic vinegar along with the seasonings.
  • Try other seasoning options like onion powder, cumin powder, paprika, or red chili flakes if you like a spicier taste.
  • Give your roasted broccoli an Indian twist by adding cumin powder, turmeric powder, and some garam masala as seasoning.
  • You can also try taco seasoning or sprinkle Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning at the end.
Frozen Broccoli cooks just as well. It will just not get as crispy as fresh broccoli. Use the same method and add 1-2 minutes to the cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 296mgPotassium: 358mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 706IUVitamin C: 101mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten-free, Low Carb, Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Vegan Sorghum Grain Bowl: Recipe calls for 1 T oil, divided. I see one place for oil. Where else is it supposed to be used?

  2. I always struggled with the right temperature and time to make perfect veggies. Thanks Meeta for providing such easy, simple and time saving recipe.