Air fryer broccoli is crisp, flavorful, and so easy to make. In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have crispy air fryer broccoli ready to serve. Enjoy!
Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli
This crispy air fryer broccoli is the perfect side dish for any meal! They’re perfectly seasoned and air fried to crispy perfection in 10 minutes. We love this broccoli served alongside sous vide steak and air fryer potatoes. Delish!
why air fry broccoli?
Air fryer broccoli leaves you with crispy broccoli every time.
You free up space on the stove top and your oven by using your air fryer.
It is the perfect side dish to so many meals.
The ingredient list for this air fryer broccoli recipe is very short!
Broccoli: the star of the show is obviously broccoli for this recipe. We highly recommend using similar sized broccoli florets to ensure even cooking.
Lemon juice: a little lemon juice brightens up the broccoli. It’s so delicious.
Olive oil: to cook anything in the air fryer you need a little bit of oil. We chose olive oil because we love the flavor. Feel free to use whatever oil you would like.
Salt & pepper: we kept things simple for the seasoning for this broccoli recipe. A little salt and pepper did the trick.
here’s a tip
If you use too much olive oil in this recipe you will end up with over-crisped broccoli. We highly recommend using the suggested amount of oil and no more.
How to Make Air Fryer Broccoli
Make sure to scroll all the way down to the recipe card to get the full ingredient list and written recipe.
Preheat air fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF and drizzle the bottom of the air fryer basket with olive oil.
Prep Broccoli Florets
Add the broccoli florets to a large bowl and drizzle the broccoli with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Use your hands to massage the oil, salt, and pepper into the broccoli.
Air fry Broccoli & enjoy!
Transfer the broccoli florets into the air fryer and cook the broccoli for 5 minutes, toss, and cook for another 5 minutes until the broccoli begins to brown. Remove the broccoli from the air fryer and enjoy!
On the hunt for the best air fryer? Our favorite is the Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer. It’s reliable and moderately priced.
Spice it Up!
We kept the spice blend for this air fryer broccoli super simple so that you can taste both the broccoli and the salt and pepper.
But if you want to spice things up, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of any of the spice blends below to your parmesan mixture!
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Cut broccoli in similar sizes: make sure to cut your broccoli florets uniformly so that they’re all around the same size. This will make sure they cook at the same rate.
Cook until brown & not burnt: air fry your broccoli for around 10-11 minutes or until golden brown. Ours took 10 minutes and came out crunchy on the outside and while not being mushy or burnt (not overdone at all!).
Air fryers vary: Air fryers come in all shapes and sizes. Like ovens, they can vary in temperature. Be sure to check your broccoli half way through to gauge how much additional time is needed.
Want to Make Steamed Broccoli?
Don’t have an air fryer? Or want to steam these broccoli florets instead? You can make this same recipe but on the stovetop or in the microwave! Follow the instructions over on our How to Steam Broccoli recipe.
How to Store Air Fryer Broccoli
This air fryer broccoli is best served immediately (when it’s at its crispiest!), but will keep in the fridge if you have leftovers. We recommend storing this air fryer zucchini in an air-tight container for 3-4 days.
Air Fryer Broccoli
- 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 3 tablespoons olive oil + more for the air fryer
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF and drizzle the bottom of the air fryer basket with olive oil.
- Add the broccoli florets to a large bowl and drizzle the broccoli with olive oil and lemon juice. Season them with salt and pepper. Use your hands to massage the oil, salt, and pepper into the broccoli.
- Transfer the broccoli florets into the air fryer and cook the broccoli for 5 minutes, toss, and cook for another 5 minutes until the broccoli begins to brown.
- Remove the broccoli from the air fryer and enjoy.
Tips & Notes
- Depending on how large your air fryer is you can cook the broccoli in one batch with a larger air fryer or two batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
- Option to season broccoli with a bit more salt when it comes out of the air fryer.