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10 minute crispy Air Fryer Broccoli

These 10 minute crispy air fryer broccoli florets are the perfect snack, side, or addition to your favorite recipe. This tasty recipe will get even the pickiest kids to devour their veggies! Plus, this healthy dish comes together in less than 10 minutes making it a great snack or a last minute side to serve with dinner. 1 min Video Recipe.

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I can proudly admit that my family loves broccoli in any form. Broccoli Cheese Soup, steamed broccoli, stir fries, we like it all.  Our recent favorite has been Air Fryer Broccoli. Love the crispy crunch of this green cruciferous delight.  

Why you will love roasted broccoli

Air fryer broccoli is slightly crispy and tender. It makes a great snack, side dish, or even addition to your favorite recipe.

This cooks up in less then 10 minutes and needs virtually no prep work.

Plus, these florets are super healthy! You’ll feel good feeding your family a healthy snack. Of course, you can also sneak them into your kid’s favorite foods for an added boost of nutrients.

broccoli air fryer ingredients

Roasted Broccoli Air Fryer Ingredients

Before you start making these air fryer broccoli florets, you’ll need to have the following on hand:

  • Broccoli florets - We prefer using fresh broccoli.
  • Olive oil - You can use cooking oil spray if you prefer.
  • Seasonings - You’ll need pepper, garlic powder, salt, and lemon juice.

How to roast Broccoli in Air Fryer

When you are ready to make these crispy florets, here’s what to do.

To start, wash and cut broccoli florets. Next, mix them with oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

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Once the florets are evenly coated, preheat the air fryer to 375F or 190C.

Next, add ¼ cup of water into the basin of the air fryer under the actual basket. The added water helps prevent the broccoli from burning and keeps the broccoli tender as it cooks.

Then, carefully transfer the florets into the air fryer basket and fry the broccoli for 8 minutes, shaking them halfway through.

When they are cooked, carefully remove the broccoli and place in a bowl. Finally, sprinkle them with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

broccoli in air fryer step by step instructions

Can I bake these

Yes, you can bake the broccoli instead. 

To bake the broccoli, preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. In an oven safe bowl, add a 1/4 cup of water and place on the bottom rack. Next, place the broccoli florets on a cookie sheet. Finally, bake for about 10 minutes or until the florets start to look browned around the edges.

Tips to make the best roasted broccoli

When you are ready to make the best roasted broccoli, follow these awesome tips:

  • Make sure to add water to the basin so the florets don’t burn and stay tender.
  • For best results, use fresh broccoli.
  • To save some time, you can use cut florets usually found in the produce section of your local grocery store.

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Can I use frozen broccoli

We don’t recommend frozen broccoli, but you could use it. If you do use frozen, allow it to thaw completely before using. 

Also, make sure you remove as much extra moisture as possible using a kitchen towel. The frozen broccoli will be a little bit less crispy and generally softer when cooked.

Can I make them ahead of time

These cook up very quickly. We don’t recommend making them ahead unless you want to add them to another recipe. You could cut the broccoli ahead of time if you like to save some time. If you do, make sure to store it in an airtight container.

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Is air fryer broccoli healthy

Yes! Air fryer broccoli is a healthy snack or addition to your favorite meal. It is packed full of nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Broccoli is also full of fiber, which will help you feel fuller for longer. 

Recipe variations   

Air fryer broccoli can be made with a lot of different flavors. Some of our favorite variations include:

  • sprinkle with some soy sauce for a bit of an Asian inspired flavor
  • add fresh garlic or other herbs and spices to add additional flavors
  • sprinkle on Parmesan cheese for a bit of a crispy skin 

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Serving suggestions

Broccoli florets can be eaten as a snack or as part of your favorite meal. If you serve it as a snack, you can serve them with dips or sauces like hummus. 

You can also use these florets as a side dish for almost any meal that you want to add some fresh vegetables. You can even add them to your favorite pastas, serve them over rice, or mix into your favorite curry.

Leftover suggestions

If you make too much broccoli, you can use the cooked florets in just about any recipe you want to add more veggies. They go great in curries. You can also add it to stir fries, rice bowls, or even put on top of your pizza. 

Of course, you can also just eat the florets as is with your favorite dips and sauces. When reheating, you can place them in the microwave for a few seconds or until warmed through. You could also reheat in an oven set to 300 until warmed through.

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Storing suggestions

You can easily store these florets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.. To store, allow them to cool completely and place in the container.

You could also freeze the broccoli as well if you prefer. To freeze, allow them to cool completely and then place in a freezer safe container. They can stay in the freezer for about 6 months.

Other healthy snack ideas

We love healthy snack and side dish ideas where we can use our air fryer. Here are some of our other favorite snack options:

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broccoli in air fryer

10 minute crispy Air Fryer Broccoli

Yield: 2 servings
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These 10 minute crispy air fryer broccoli florets are the perfect snack, side, or addition to your favorite recipe. This tasty recipe will get even the pickiest kids to devour their veggies! Plus, this healthy dish comes together in less than 10 minutes making it a great snack or a last minute side to serve with dinner.

Ingredients

  • Broccoli florets 4 cups
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil spray
  • Pepper ¼ teaspoon
  • Garlic powder ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt ¼ teaspoon
  • ½ lemon

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions

Wash and cut broccoli florets. Next, mix them with oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Once the florets are evenly coated, preheat the air fryer to 375F or 190C.

Next, add ¼ cup of water into the basin of the air fryer under the actual basket. The added water helps prevent the broccoli from burning and keeps the broccoli tender as it cooks.

Then, carefully transfer the florets into the air fryer basket and fry the broccoli for 8 minutes, shaking them halfway through.

When they are cooked, carefully remove the broccoli and place in a bowl. Finally, sprinkle them with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Baking Instructions

To bake the broccoli, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In an oven safe bowl, add a 1/4 cup of water and place on the bottom rack. Next, place the broccoli florets on a cookie sheet. Finally, bake for about 10 minutes or until the florets start to look browned around the edges.

Notes

  • Make sure to add water to the basin so the florets don’t burn and stay tender.
  • For best results, use fresh broccoli.
  • To save some time, you can use cut florets usually found in the produce section of your local grocery store.

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