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Air Fryer Broccoli

Caramelized for a crisp crunch, this air fryer broccoli recipe is an easy way to enjoy all of the health benefits that these green veggies have to offer. And in just 10 minutes!

Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan on a white plate

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I love air frying vegetables! Not only is it the healthiest way to prepare them, but it’s also the easiest – and, in my opinion, the most delicious! They develop a crisp, seasoned crust that adds a whole new layer of flavor and texture.

It’s no secret that this leafy green is great for you, but just how great is it? Well, it’s chock full of vitamins C and K, with a good deal of fiber to boot. From a dieting perspective, it also helps you feel full without eating too much, so you really get the best of both worlds!

With this air fryer broccoli recipe, you can keep as much of those vital nutrients as possible, while also preparing a delicious dish that’s easy as can be.

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • How to make a batch of air fryer roasted broccoli that’s buttery, garlicky, and full of everything you love!
  • Some important things to keep in mind while making roasted broccoli in the air fryer
  • A few answers to a few questions you might have about air frying your favorite veggies!

This air fryer broccoli recipe is incredibly easy, quick, and painless. But it’s still so tasty! Just a handful of ingredients makes a delicious yet healthy side dish that you and your family can enjoy year round. 

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan (on a white plate)

How to Make Air Fryer Broccoli 

STEP ONE: While your fryer preheats to 400 degrees, cut the broccoli into florets — separating the fluffy head from the stalk. Set aside while mixing the butter.

STEP TWO: Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and combine with a whisk.

STEP THREE: Add the florets to the mixture and stir to coat. 

STEP FOUR: Sprinkle the grated parmesan on top of the florets and toss once more until thoroughly dusted with the cheese.

Broccoli with Shredded Parmesan in a clear bowl

STEP FIVE: Lay the florets in the basket, trying to avoid too much overlap between the pieces. Cook for 4 minutes, shake the basket, and cook for another 4 — for a total of 8 minutes. (Note: If the vegetables brown too quickly, decrease the temperature to 360.)

Raw broccoli with parmesan cheese inside air fryer

STEP SIX: You can serve your air fryer roasted broccoli right away, adding more parmesan on top to taste. 

Does air frying broccoli lose nutrients? 

As you probably know, cooking, roasting, or baking vegetables in any way is always going to take away from their natural nutrients. Eating veggies raw is the #1 best way to get all of the health benefits in produce.

However, air fryer roasted broccoli retains more of these health benefits than if you were to boil, saute, fry regularly, or bake them. The interior of the vegetable is largely untouched, and so those nutrients are mostly protected. 

Cooked Broccoli Inside Air Fryer

Is it possible to make air fryer broccoli from frozen?

You absolutely can! If that’s your intention, I would instead direct you to my walkthrough for making Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer.


But here’s the short version of making roasted broccoli in the air fryer from frozen: preheat to 400 degrees, and cook for 10 minutes on each side. And that’s it! No thawing, no nonsense.

Can I roast broccoli and cauliflower together? 

Absolutely! These two vegetables are similar in consistency, and that holds up after baking. Cauliflower takes a few more minutes to cook, so you may want to add them in a minute or two before adding the broccoli. Otherwise, simply follow the same recipe, but replace half of the broccoli with cauliflower. 

Or… double the seasonings, and add the same amount of cauliflower as broccoli! This makes a fantastic, healthy side dish to any family meal.

Closeup of Broccoli Parmesan on a white plate

Can I add the parmesan cheese after cooking?  

I recommend following the recipe as described: add the parmesan before baking, and then topping more as desired after roasting the broccoli in the air fryer.

This is because the cheese melts onto and shrinks into the raw florets while they bake, while cheese added to already cooked veggies slides right off. So for a thorough coating that sticks, be sure to add it before cooking!

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Air Fryer Weight Watcher Points per serving: 4

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan on a white plate

Broccoli is air fried into a crispiness that can't be recreated anywhere else. It's topped with fresh parmesan cheese to create a nice flavor combination.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • additional parmesan cheese for serving
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut broccoli into florets and set aside.
  3. Mix together melted butter, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  4. Add the broccoli and mix to combine thoroughly.
  5. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix again making sure to coat it evenly.
  6. Place broccoli into the air fryer and cook for 6-8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.*
  7. Remove broccoli from the air fryer and serve immediately.
  8. Add additional Parmesan cheese on top once served.

Notes

*If broccoli is starting brown too much halfway through cooking, drop the temperature to 360 degrees and continue to cook according to timing above.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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