This Air Fryer Broccoli goes perfectly with any meal and is ready in less than 15 minutes. With only five ingredients and minimal prep, you can have a healthy and flavorful side dish in no time at all!

For more Air Fryer Recipes, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Fish Tacos, Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer, and Air Fryer Meatloaf.

an air fryer basket fall of broccoli and lemon slices.

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The air fryer has easily become my favorite kitchen tool. I use it almost daily, and making simple recipes like Air Fryer Broccoli has helped make the dinner time rush so much easier.

I’ve admitted here before that side dishes sometimes go by the way side at my house. My main focus is usually on preparing our main dish, and after that sometimes I’m too spent to attempt anything else!

a white plate full of broccoli and lemon slices.

But that’s where the air fryer comes in and saves the day, and it can do the same for you! It’s really my favorite way to cook any kind of veggie, especially my kids’ favorite: broccoli!

Yes, y’all, Air Fryer Broccoli has taken the place of roasting broccoli in the oven for me. It’s a lot faster, yet comes out just as delicious, crispy, and tender.

a bowl of broccoli topped with cheese next to two forks.

I love to serve this crispy air fryer broccoli as a side dish with Shake and Bake Pork Chops or Honey Garlic Salmon. But it really pairs well with almost any main dish!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Broccoli

A full list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions are located in the recipe card below.

  • olive oil
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • lemon juice, optional
  • minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh broccoli
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How to Cook Broccoli in the Air Fryer

A full list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Preheat Air Fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Season the Broccoli

Whisk the oil, parmesan, lemon juice (if using), minced garlic, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Toss in the broccoli and mix until evenly coated.

Step 3: Air Fry

Arrange the broccoli evenly in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the broccoli is cooked and crispy. Sprinkle with a little more parmesan cheese if desired, and serve.

Tips and Notes

  • The Air Fryer I use and recommend is the Instant Vortex Air Fryer. I LOVE mine!
  • The lemon juice is optional. It gives a nice brightness to the broccoli, but you can leave it out if you don’t have any on hand or for a simpler version of air fried broccoli.
  • Preheat your air fryer. I like to preheat my air fryer for a few minutes before adding the food. This ensures that the proper temperature has been reached and that your veggies will cook up perfectly. 
  • Shake the basket a few times. This will help to ensure even cooking and that all surfaces of your broccoli get equally crispy.
  • To make this vegan, omit the parmesan cheese.
  • How to store: Any leftover broccoli can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
an air fryer basket fall of broccoli and lemon slices.

Air Fryer Broccoli – FAQs

How long to cook broccoli in the air fryer?

Cook fresh broccoli in the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

How to cook frozen broccoli in the air fryer?

Cook frozen broccoli in the air fryer at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.

a white plate full of broccoli and lemon slices.

More Easy Veggie Side Dish Recipes You Should Try!

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an air fryer basket fall of broccoli and lemon slices.
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Recipe: Air Fryer Broccoli

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This Air Fryer Broccoli goes perfectly with any meal and is ready in less than 15 minutes. With only five ingredients and minimal prep, you can have a healthy and flavorful side dish in no time at all!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, optional
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli florets

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk the oil, parmesan, lemon juice (if using), minced garlic, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Toss in the broccoli and mix until evenly coated.
  • Arrange the broccoli evenly in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the broccoli is cooked and crispy. Sprinkle with a little more parmesan cheese if desired, and serve.

Notes

  • The Air Fryer I use and recommend is the Instant Vortex Air Fryer. I LOVE mine!
  • The lemon juice is optional. It gives a nice brightness to the broccoli, but you can leave it out if you don’t have any on hand or for a simpler version of air fried broccoli.
  • Preheat your air fryer. I like to preheat my air fryer for a few minutes before adding the food. This ensures that the proper temperature has been reached and that your veggies will cook up perfectly. 
  • Shake the basket a few times. This will help to ensure even cooking and that all surfaces of your broccoli get equally crispy.
  • To make this vegan, omit the parmesan cheese.
  • How to store: Any leftover air fryer broccoli can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 199kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 446mg, Potassium: 472mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 906IU, Vitamin C: 125mg, Calcium: 122mg, Iron: 1mg
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