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Air Fryer Broccoli

This Air Fryer Broccoli recipe cooks in just 6 minutes. Tender with roasted edges, it tastes just like oven roasted broccoli in a fraction of the time.

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Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

If you love roasted vegetables, this air fryer broccoli recipe was destined to meet you. It tastes just like your classic roasted broccoli but with much less elbow grease. Once you try this air fryer broccoli recipe, you may never go back to oven roasted broccoli.

We’ve been making Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables for years, and its savory-roasty flavors never disappoint. While the oven is unparalleled for a large batch diversity of vegetables, the air fryer works wonders for super quick broccoli florets that taste like they’ve been oven roasted.

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Air Fryer Broccoli Ingredients

Pro tips for the best air fryer broccoli

Here are a few tips to ensure that the best air fryer broccoli emerges from your air fryer in just 6 short minutes:

  • Use broccoli florets that are cut/torn into roughly even-sized, small pieces. Think mini-florets. Your broccoli will come out with a soft, tender texture and nicely roasted edges.
  • Toss the broccoli florets together with seasonings (olive oil, garlic and onion powders, kosher salt, and black pepper) in a bowl prior to transferring to air fryer basket. This allows all the nooks and crannies of the air fryer broccoli will be packed with flavor.
  • We use powdered garlic and onion in lieu of freshly chopped, as the powdered seasonings are much less likely to burn. Powdered seasonings also get into the nooks and crannies of the roasted broccoli florets perfectly.
  • Add just a bit (one tablespoon) of water to the bottom of the air fryer; this helps keep air fryer broccoli tender and prevents burning.
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Air Fryer Broccoli

4.9 from 42 reviews

This Air Fryer Broccoli recipe cooks in just 6 minutes. It’s tender with deliciously roasted flavors. You’ve got to try it to believe it.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 6 min
  • Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 4 1x


  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets, cut/torn into toughly even, very-small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt 
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional garnishes: fresh lemon slices, freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl; toss well to fully incorporate seasonings into the broccoli florets
  2. Pour 1 TB water into the bottom of air fryer pan (this helps prevent contents from smoking.)
  3. Add broccoli mixture evenly into the air fryer basket. Set to 400F for 6 minutes. Once timer goes off, immediately remove basket and serve. (Optional: sprinkle with a dash of fresh lemon juice or freshly grated parmesan cheese.)


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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 28.4 mg
  • Fat: 7.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.3 g
  • Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Air Fryer Broccoli

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    • Jessica

    Hi! How many servings does this make? I see you provide nutritional information for one serving but it wasn’t clear to me whether the 12 ounces of broccoli is considered one serving or whether you’re breaking that up into a smaller portion.

    • Hey Candy

    Girl!!! The addition of water…..Genius !!!! Bookmarked!!! Thanks so much! I’m not a broccoli fan, but even I liked it.

    • Chad

    Made this and it was great. My 8 and 10 yr old loved it.

    • Jordan

    Oh my goodness!!! I made this broccoli dish tonight and topped it with shredded Parmesan.. I’ll definitely have this again

    • Marc

    In 50 years of cooking, I thought nothing would ever top broccoli with cheese sauce as my favorite broccoli dish, but this has done it. Fabulous and simple. I cut up the usable stems, not just the florets, it goes much further. This is a recipe I will be using a LOT. Thanks.

      • Amy Dong

      That’s amazing, Marc! Yay 🙂

    • Jennifer

    My airfryer is an AF/toaster oven combo, where would I put water? The isn’t a basket really, it’s like a metal flat tray with holes in it.

      • Amy Dong

      You can try putting a small pan of water into the oven where it fits best.

    • Courtney

    The tip to put a little bit of water at the bottom of the pan was something I have not heard before but it worked perfectly! I will be doing this from now on!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, Courtney!

    • Amy

    Do you preheat for 5 mins? And if so, do you add the water before or after the preheat? I want to make this tonight. Thanks!

      • Amy Dong

      Amy, my air fryer doesn’t need a preheat, but if yours requires preheating, 5 minutes is more than enough time. You can add the water just before adding the veggies.

    • Kristen Phillips

    This air fried broccoli was delicious and perfect to add to ramen

    • Von Tassen Farm

    This was a very good recipe! The added bit of water in the air fryer definitely makes a huge difference! We eat a lot of broccoli and I’ve tried a lot of recipes and none of them were quite to my liking. This recipe you posted was perfect. Everyone agreed! Thank you for sharing.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy to hear you all loved this!

    • Luz

    Awesome recipe!

    • Larry K

    Great recipe, but EVO is not really air fryer friendly because of its low smoke point. It can cause smoking from the fryer. You are better off using Light EVO, AVO or Coconut Oil with this. Loved the broccoli!

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