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There are so many delicious ways to cook broccoli — grilled broccoli, roasted broccoli, sauteed broccoli — but this air fryer broccoli recipe is by far the fastest, without sacrificing taste! It takes just a couple minutes of prep and cooks in around 5 minutes. Plus, roasting broccoli in the air fryer is the perfect trifecta of delicious, easy, and healthy. It’s also a great way to ease into making air fryer recipes if you’re new to this appliance.

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

  • Easy vegetable side dish
  • The fastest way to cook broccoli
  • Crisp-tender texture with browned edges
  • Just 4 ingredients
  • Naturally whole30, paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, low carb, keto, and just plain healthy
  • Great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium
Roasted broccoli in air fryer

Ingredients You’ll Need

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cooking broccoli in the air fryer, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Broccoli – Buy a bunch and cut the florets yourself (see how I do it quickly in my broccoli cheese soup YouTube video), or you can buy pre-cut broccoli florets, just make sure that you trim them to a uniform size so they cook evenly. For the best air fryer broccoli, I recommend using fresh broccoli, but technically frozen florets would work as well by adding a couple of minutes to the cook time.
  • Olive Oil – Or avocado oil.
  • Lemon Juice – Use fresh lemon juice for best flavor or bottled for convenience. I love a little lemon flavor in my broccoli, but you can also omit this and use only the olive oil if you’re not a fan.
  • SpicesGarlic powder, sea salt & black pepper. Feel free to mix up the seasonings, too! Other good additions include onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper seasoning (skip the lemon juice in this case), red pepper flakes, or even a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.
Air fryer broccoli ingredients in bowls

How To Cook Broccoli In An Air Fryer

This section shows how to make air fryer roasted broccoli, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full instructions, see the recipe card below.

  • Preheat. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • Season. In a large bowl, drizzle broccoli with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper and toss to coat evenly.
  • Air fry. Arrange broccoli in the air fryer basket, in a single layer. Air fry for about 5 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the broccoli is tender and the edges are browned.

TIP: Do not crowd the air fryer basket. Work in batches if the florets don’t all fit in a single layer. It’s okay for the broccoli to be touching, but for even cooking and optimal browning, you don’t want pieces on top of each other.

Seasoned broccoli in a bowl

Cooked broccoli in an air fryer

How Long To Cook Broccoli In The Air Fryer?

Broccoli in an air fryer will take about 5 minutes to cook at 380 degrees F. The time can very by a couple of minutes depending on the size of the florets. You can check on them at 4 minutes and every minute or two after that, until they are done to your liking.

How To Cook Frozen Broccoli In The Air Fryer?

Frozen broccoli can be cooked in the air fryer the same way as fresh broccoli; it will just take a few extra minutes. Do not thaw the broccoli–you can season and cook from frozen.

Storage Instructions

  • Store leftovers: Store the cooked veggie leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat broccoli in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes, or in a 350 degree F oven for 5-10 minutes.
  • Freeze: Freeze any leftovers from this air fryer broccoli recipe in an airtight container for 2-3 months.
Broccoli and lemon wedges on a plate

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Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

Broccoli in the air fryer makes the perfect healthy side dish, and this air fryer broccoli recipe is ready in 7 minutes, with just 4 ingredients.

Prep Time 2 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 7 minutes

Servings 4 servings

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Ingredients

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Instructions

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  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F (193 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, drizzle broccoli with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.

  3. Arrange the broccoli florets in the air fryer, working in batches if needed, depending on the size of your air fryer basket. Air fry for 5 minutes, until broccoli is tender and the edges are browned. (Time will vary depending on the size of your florets.)

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 cup

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Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.

Calories 133

Fat 11g

Protein 3.3g

Total Carbs 8g

Net Carbs 4.9g

Fiber 3.1g

Sugar 2g

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