Simple to make Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli is the perfect veggie side dish for any occasion, holiday dinner, or weeknight meal. Heck, I love to just snack on it!
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Quick and easy
Did you know that you can get perfectly cooked roasted broccoli from the (affiliate link) Air Fryer in just a few minutes of cooking time?
For me, I like to eat roasted veggies as a snack while I’m cooking other things. It actually helps keep me from snacking on less healthy things while I cook.
Simple veggie side dish
The simple technique of Air Fryer roasting makes veggies deep in flavor and super yummy.
Serve this broccoli as a simple and classic side dish along with some roasted potatoes or twice baked potatoes.
Toss the cooked broccoli in a salad.
Add it to pasta dishes.
Or serve it as a nice snack!
For the love of broccoli
I have lots of broccoli recipes on the blog, including a couple oven roasted ones if you want to try oven roasting the veggie. There’s a Miso Roasted Broccoli and a Honey Orange Roasted Broccoli.
And a stove-top Caramelized Broccoli Recipe.
So, I thought I’d see how the cruciferous veggie does in the Air Fryer.
And, let me tell you, this is perfect!
It’s a vegan, gluten-free, and really easy to make veggie side dish. Simplified. Classic. Healthy.
Air Fryer Recipes
I love the (affiliate link) Air Fryer and find myself using it all the time.
Like I’ve said before in my Air Fryer Mozzarella recipe, the Air Fryer can be used like a small oven.
So it uses less energy to heat and cook things than the big regular oven.
It doesn’t heat up the house the same way that the oven does. And, the Air Fryer is so much faster than the oven.
Just chop a few broccoli florets from about a pound of broccoli, or buy them pre-chopped from the produce section of your grocery store. You can also use the stalk – it’s perfectly edible. I have instructions on how to peel and trim the broccoli stalk here.
Try to keep the pieces all similar in size so they all cook evenly.
And, you know, a little more or a little less of any of the veggie isn’t going to make a huge difference.
Just be careful not to crowd the Air Fryer basket too much or the veggies will steam, and won’t get as browned. The broccoli does shrink as it cooks, so you’ll end up with about half as much as you started with.
If you have a small air fryer, you may need to cook this in two batches.
Small florets should cook in about 5-6 minutes. If you are using large pieces, they may need a little longer to cook, about 8 minutes. Be sure to check them for the level of browning that you like on your broccoli.
Gussy up your veggies
Top the broccoli with Parmesan after it’s cooked. Squeeze a lemon wedge on it. Toss in some lemon pepper. Or, serve it simply as a nice green veggie.
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Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli Recipe
Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli
- 1 pound broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons your choice of light flavored oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch of salt or to taste
- Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- Preheat Air Fryer to 380° F.
- Add broccoli florets to a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Season broccoli with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Air Fry for 6-10 minutes, shaking halfway through cooking, checking for desired doneness.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
We made these tonight with dinner and oh my word, they were fantastic! Thank you for the tips and tricks. We had no leftovers because my kids loved these so much.