Air fryer broccoli is the best! A little salty and slightly sweet, it's so easy to make with staples from your pantry. It's ready in under 10 minutes and makes the perfect addition to any meal. It's also naturally vegan, paleo, Whole30 and keto!
Why you will love this recipe:
- This air fried broccoli has the best flavour! Slightly sweet and just a little salty you will love how it tastes.
- It doesn't require any fancy or hard to find ingredients and is made with pantry staples like balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
- It's so easy to make and is ready in under 10 minutes.
- Because it's cooked in the air fryer the clean up is a breeze!
- This broccoli makes a healthy side dish that is naturally paleo, vegan, Whole30, low carb and keto!
Taste and texture:
When cooked in the air fryer broccoli gets perfectly roasted so it's never soggy or mushy. It has a nice firm texture and the vinegar and spices gives this broccoli recipe a slightly sweet and salty flavour.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Fresh broccoli - use fresh, not frozen broccoli for this recipe. Full of vitamins, minerals and fiber broccoli is one of my favourite veggies!
- Balsamic vinegar - this gives the broccoli a slightly sweet flavour profile. If you want a different flavour feel free to use other sweet vinegars such as blueberry vinegar or cherry vinegar.
- Salt and pepper - simple seasonings are all you need for this broccoli recipe.
How to make:
First, put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until the broccoli is well coated.
Next, transfer the broccoli florets to the trays of your air fryer and cook them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-8 minutes, until perfectly roasted.
- Every model of air fryer is different, so depending on the model you have you may need to vary the cooking time slightly.
- I recommend using fresh, not frozen broccoli for this recipe.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer you may have to adjust how much broccoli you cook at one time - if you have a small air fryer you could cook it in batches.
- Try not to overlap the broccoli too much in the air fryer or it won't cook evenly.
Variations and add ins:
- Feel free to add other seasonings such as garlic powder or onion powder to give it a different flavour.
- Use a different type of sweet vinegar such as blueberry balsamic vinegar or cherry balsamic vinegar to give this broccoli a different flavour profile.
- Instead of avocado oil you can use olive oil.
How to serve:
How to store:
Store this broccoli in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
Frequently asked questions:
No you can't. Air fryers don't work to steam vegetables.
Yes! Cooking broccoli in the air fryer is great because it uses less oil than pan frying it and you still get the health benefits of all the vitamins and minerals in the broccoli.
Yes! To do this cook the frozen broccoli for a few minutes in the air fryer at 400F to thaw it, then prepare it as listed in the recipe instructions by combining it with the oil, balsamic vinegar and spices and then cooking for 7-8 minutes at 400F.
You do not have to preheat your air fryer. For this broccoli recipe I did not preheat it. If you do choose to preheat yours subtract 2-3 minutes of cooking time.
Other air fryer recipes you will love:
- Frozen French fries in the air fryer
- Frozen burgers in the air fryer
- Air fryer pork belly
- Air fryer salmon cakes with lemon dill aioli
- Air fryer frozen chicken wings
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Air Fryer Broccoli
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well so the broccoli is coated.
- Add the broccoli florets to the trays of your air fryer and cook at 400F for 7-8 minutes, until roasted.
- Depending on the model of air fryer you have you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.
- Store this broccoli in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
- For a different flavour add other seasonings such as garlic powder or onion powder.