This Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli is an incredibly easy and fast low carb and low calorie side dish. Using the Air Fryer for this recipe will eliminate excuses for not eating your veggies! 😄
Making this simple and sweet broccoli recipe can be made al dente or crispy, depending on how you prefer your roasted vegetables. Hint: adding or subtracting a couple of minutes makes all the difference. Try both to taste test for yourself!
How to Make Air Fryer Broccoli
Once you start making vegetables in the air fryer, it almost feels like a waste to do the step by step version of this recipe as it really is THAT easy! It is great for anyone just starting out and wanting a successful recipe…you can do this one after you make Air Fryer Tater Tots! TO.DIE.FOR.
Step One: Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets and put them in a bowl.
Step Two: Spray olive oil on top of broccoli florets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Step Three: Lay broccoli on a tray or in a basket with room in between so they get crispy from the air flow.
Step Four: Heat up Air Fryer to 390 degrees and cook for 4-7 minutes depending on your air fryer. **4 minutes for us is a hint of crispy with a more al dente result** I used my Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer and I put the tray on the middle shelf.
Serve and enjoy!
Variations for Roasted Broccoli
We love to make adjustments to recipes, just like you do.
- Add a little bit of lemon for a fresh citrus taste
- Open up your spice cabinet and start sprinkling. My husband loves Dizzy Pig’s Dizzy Dust so he sprinkles that on almost everything.
- Toss with fresh herbs and olive oil
- Top with cheese (cheddar or parmesan like you put on asparagus!)
How long to Cook Broccoli
There are differences between the Toaster Style Air Fryer and a Basket Air Fryer (affiliate links). The Toaster style with the slide trays seem to cook faster. I have the Instant Pot Vortex and my mom has the Ninja basket style. This is why I like to give a range for cooking. Once you make a couple recipes you will see where your specific Air Fryer tests with the recipes you are finding. Always, always, start with the lower time in the range.
We like our broccoli al dente, so ours cooked great in four minutes. We made some super crispy that were so fun in seven minutes. Both worked great!
Is it Air Fryer Broccoli Healthy
Absolutely! You know that broccoli is one of the best vegetables out there and this is simply spraying a tiny bit of olive oil with spices on it. It is low carb and very low calorie and very high on the taste scale!
What is Spray Olive Oil
This is ingenious! Pam and Bertolli have put out spray cans of olive oil that can be found next to the jars of olive and avocado oil in the grocery store. Having olive oil in a spray form is fantastic! I use a small amount of the spray on the florets as it helps to get the broccoli extra crispy. You certainly don’t have to use this, but I find it is an excellent alternative to simply adding a tablespoon to the dish and tossing.
I love these and am singing praises from the rooftops!
If you don’t want to go this route, you can always buy an olive oil spray mister. I’ve used these for years and love them! You can use the normal jar of olive oil and pour it into these misters and spray using the exact same concept.
Meal Prep Instructions
Being a hard core meal prepper, there is always something to prepare ahead of time. For this recipe, there are two things that can make this go even faster:
- Wash broccoli the day before
- Cut broccoli florets off of the stalk and put them in a sealed container until ready to use. By doing this, I can prep veggies for about 4-6 days. So prepping on Sunday will keep the food pretty good through Thursday.
If you like this Air Fryer recipe-check out our Air Fryer Cornish Hen recipe! Oh my goodness is it an incredibly quick and easy recipe to go with the Roasted Broccoli! Weeknight meals just got easier!
Air Fryer Sweet Asian Chicken Wings will just high up on your entertaining list! These are so super delicious that I ate them twice in one week! Totally addicted. These work great without the breading as well-yes, I tested that out as I was munching on these!
Air Fryer Chicken Livers this 10 minutes appetizer is so delish….that is if you are a liver fan, which we are! If you haven’t ever tried chicken livers, this is a great way to try them. Minimal investment in money and time!
Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli
- Air Fryer
- 1/2 head broccoli cleaned, cut into florets
- Spray Olive Oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Cut broccoli into florets and put it in a bowl. Spray with the Olive Oil Spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Mix with hands to get it fully combined. Add garlic and mix again.
- Lay out in Air Fryer – either in basket or tray.
- Cook at 390 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Light green al dente was 6 minutes for me. 7 minutes was more toasted/roasted broccoli.