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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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This air fryer broccoli is super easy, healthy, and flavorful.

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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 has all the makings of oven roasted broccoli, but easier.
Air Fryer Broccoli Ingredients
Just a few simple ingredients are needed for this air fryer broccoli recipe

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.
  • Use at least a 6-quart air fryer or larger, for feeding a family.
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Garnish broccoli with parmesan and lemon, for extra flavor.

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Air Fryer Broccoli

4.50 from 187 ratings
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 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amy Dong



  • Season: Combine all ingredients in a bowl; toss well to fully incorporate seasonings into the broccoli florets
    air fryer broccoli being seasoned
  • Prepare pan: Pour 1 TB water into the bottom of air fryer pan (this helps prevent contents from smoking.)
    air fryer preparation with water on bottom
  • Cook: 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.)
    air fryer broccoli on a plate with lemons and parmesan



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Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.9g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11.6mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 0.6g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: air fryer

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Recipe Rating


    • Carol S.
    • 4 stars

    I used MSG instead of salt, and chicken stock instead of water. Flavor was great, but 6 minutes was nowhere near done. Easily went another 7 minutes (in 2-3m bursts). Brocc was still a bit crunchy for my taste. (double basket style)

    • Kate
    • 5 stars

    Great recipe, my second batch came out perfect. I ended up with 11 muffins. Had to cook them a few extra minutes.

    • Sujay
    • 5 stars

    Great recipe! Didn’t alter a thing, and the results were fantastic. My son said it was he best broccoli he’s ever had. He is only 5, but still! Thank you!

      • Amy Dong

      Awww, 5-year-olds speak truth 🙂 Thank you!

    • Moira
    • 5 stars

    Simple and totally delish!

    • Jocelyn
    • 5 stars

    10 stars! This was so good and simple. I combined the broccoli and mixture ahead of time to save my sanity when it came time to make dinner and entertain my kid.
    The flavors melded into the broccoli and the edges were perfectly roasted. I did have to cook an extra 4 min but it was well worth it.

    • Nise
    • 5 stars

    It needed a little longer in there, and i used chopped garlic and onion because i didn’t have the powders. But overall it was delicious!!

    • Richard Humphries
    • 5 stars

    Turned out perfect!!!! Great recipe!! Ate it b4 I could take a pic!! Yummm

      • Amy Dong

      Ha, I always eat things before I remember to snap a pic 😉

    • Mark
    • 5 stars

    Easy and tasty. I have an oven-like air fryer (not a basket-type). It has 2 shelves. I cooked them for 8 mins. swapping the shelves halfway thru. I think the TBSP of water is a good idea.

    • 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
    • 5 stars

    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
    • 5 stars

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

    • Marc
    • 5 stars

    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 🙂

      • Melissa

      I always freeze stems and stalks for broccoli and cheese soup base.

    • 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
    • 5 stars

    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
    • 5 stars

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

    • Von Tassen Farm
    • 5 stars

    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
    • 5 stars

    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!

      • Zee
      • 5 stars

      The 6-8 minutes it cooks in not long enough to really be concerned with smoke temp…………the flavor from good oil is fantastic. If it cooked longer I would agree.

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