This easy recipe for air fryer broccoli is a perfect way to get a healthy low carb vegetable side on the table in under 20 minutes. Season with lemon and garlic for a taste everyone will enjoy!
My love for the air fryer runs deep. I have pretty much said that in all my air fryer posts so far but the reason is because it makes simple healthy food FAST.
To be honest, I mostly use it to make vegetables because they come out with a beautiful crispy texture that would otherwise take so long in the oven.
Broccoli is one of those vegetables that I feel like the air fryer was MADE for, and this simple recipe for air fryer roasted broccoli is an easy side dish you can make in under 20 minutes from a fresh crowns of broccoli. I also use some lemon juice and garlic on my broccoli because garlic is delicious (duh) and because lemon cuts down the bitterness of greens so that even kids will eat it!
How to Roast Broccoli in the Air Fryer:
Cut 2 fresh broccoli crowns into equal size pieces. Don’t forget to keep some of the stem! It has great nutrition and is sadly thrown away often!
Add broccoli to a bowl along with 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic, 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil, salt and pepper.
Toss until fully combined and add to your air fryer basket. Cook at 375 for 20 minutes flipping halfway through.
For extra crispy air fryer broccoli, cook on 400 for the last 3-5 minutes.
Toss hot broccoli with 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and serve.
Do I Need To Preheat My Air Fryer?
In my opinion, the air fryer naturally heats up very quickly due to the circulating air and does not need any preheating. However, if you are cooking meat and do not preheat your air fryer, you may need to leave it in a couple minutes longer.
How to Cook Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer:
Believe it or not, you can cook frozen broccoli and many other frozen vegetables in the air fryer! Just be aware that the texture of air fried frozen vegetables may be a little bit more tender than cooking from fresh and may need a little bit longer cooking time to draw out all of the moisture.
If you would like to make frozen broccoli in the air fryer, cook at 375 for 10 minutes at a time checking for how done it is and tossing when needed. It can be seasoned after cooking for best results.
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Air Fryer Broccoli
- 2 Broccoli Crowns
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
- Chop broccoli crowns into even sized florets.
- Add broccoli, minced garlic, salt, pepper and oil into a large bowl and toss together until broccoli is fully coated.
- Place seasoned broccoli in air fryer basket and cook at 375 for 20 minutes flipping half way through. For extra crispy broccoli, cook at 400 for the last 3-5 minutes.
- Toss hot broccoli with 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and serve hot.
See recipe post for air fryer frozen broccoli instructions!
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70 Total Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 5g Protein: 2g
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.