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Air Fryer Broccoli Fresh or Frozen

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This easy Air Fryer broccoli recipe is a great side dish you can put together in minutes.

The broccoli florets are coated in a simple seasoning mix and then air fried to perfection, resulting in a delicious, subtle tasting side that you can pair with almost anything.

Best of all, you can use either fresh or frozen broccoli for the recipe- which makes it a total winner!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

One of the best things about this Air Fryer recipe is the fact that it comes together super quick.

I almost always end up making this easy side dish whenever I’m in a time crunch or just don’t want to put a lot of effort into cooking.

Another plus is the fact that I don’t really need to have fresh broccoli all the time- I can just make do with frozen broccoli florets too!

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need just 4 simple ingredients to make this Air Fryer broccoli recipe.

  • Fresh Broccoli Crowns: The star of the dish, providing a hearty vegetable base with a satisfying crunch and natural sweetness when air fried.
  • Olive Oil: Aids in achieving a crispy exterior on the broccoli while adding a subtle, earthy flavor.
  • Black Pepper: Introduces a hint of heat, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the broccoli.
  • Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the broccoli, making it more savory and delicious.
Air Fryer Broccoli Fresh or Frozen ingredients

How to Cook Roasted Air Fryer Broccoli?

Once you have your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make the Air Fryer broccoli.

Step 1: Make Broccoli Florets

Snip the broccoli crowns down to bite size pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife. Place them in a large bowl.

Step 2: Season With Salt and Pepper

Drizzle the broccoli with the oil and cover with the salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli around in the bowl to get a nice evenly coating. Meanwhile, preheat the Air Fryer.

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Step 3: Cook Broccoli in an Air Fryer

Place broccoli in the air fryer basket evenly. Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Toss the basket halfway and cook for another 8 minutes.

Step 4: Serve Hot

Let the Air Fryer broccoli cool a bit and serve!

How to Cook Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer?

While cooking with fresh broccoli florets is super easy, you might be confused about air frying frozen broccoli.

Turns out, Air Fryer frozen broccoli is actually much easier to put together. All you need to do is start off with frozen broccoli florets, and toss them in the seasonings right away.

Don’t allow the frozen broccoli florets to thaw- just cook them for longer in the Air Fryer unit.

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Cooking Tips

Making this roasted broccoli in the Air Fryer is super easy, but you might want to have these little tips and tricks handy to make it even easier.

  • I have used a simple mix of olive oil, salt and pepper to season the broccoli florets. You can also take it a step further and add a bit of garlic powder or any of your favorite seasoning to enhance the flavors of the side dish.
  • Italian seasoning, onion powder and cayenne pepper are some good choices.
  • If you don’t have olive oil, you can use avocado oil or any other neutral flavored cooking oil of your choice. Just remember to use an oil that has a high smoke point.
  • Red pepper flakes can also be an excellent addition to the Air Fryer broccoli. They can add a nice kick of heat to the broccoli florets.
  • Sometimes, I also like to top the broccoli florets with a little squeeze of lemon juice right before I serve it. If you love lemony flavors, you can also add a dash of lemon zest and some more lemon juice into the seasoning mix along with the olive oil and salt.
  • To make a cheesy version of this broccoli, you can also sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese towards the end, and cook the broccoli in the air fryer again for a minute until the cheese melts.
  • Remember to grease your Air Fryer basket well before you add the frozen broccoli florets and make the air fried frozen broccoli.
  • The cooking time for this recipe may differ slightly based on the size of the broccoli florets, and the kind of Air Fryer you are using. I would recommend using either Cosori Air Fryer or Ninja Air Fryer for best results.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

If you have some leftover air fried frozen broccoli, you can transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate them for 2-3 days.

Then, you can either reheat the broccoli in the Air Fryer or in the microwave depending on your personal preference.

Remember that air frying will get you nice, crispy broccoli, whereas microwaving will give you more tender broccoli.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes: Crispy spuds tossed in garlic and Parmesan perfectly complement the air-fried broccoli.
  • Lemon Herb Quinoa: Light and flavorful quinoa with a zesty lemon twist makes a delightful pairing.
  • Honey Glazed Carrots: Roast carrots with a honey glaze for a sweet and savory sidekick to your broccoli.
  • Mushroom Rice Pilaf: Fragrant rice cooked with mushrooms adds depth to your air-fried broccoli feast.
  • Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Tangy balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts offer a sophisticated flavor balance.
  • Crispy Chickpea Salad: A crunchy chickpea salad brings a protein-packed crunch to your broccoli ensemble.
  • Sesame Soy Snap Peas: Steamy snap peas glazed with sesame soy offer a vibrant, Asian-inspired twist.
  • Caprese Salad Skewers: Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze provide a refreshing contrast.

Remember to serve immediately.

FAQ’S

What Other Frozen Vegetables Can I Use?

Apart from frozen broccoli, you can replicate this exact recipe and use any other frozen veggie of your choice.
I like to use frozen vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, baby corn, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are all good options.

I like to season these frozen vegetables with some garlic powder and a bit of salt and pepper before I Air Fry them.

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easy air fryer broccoli cooked from fresh or frozen

Air Fryer Broccoli Fresh Or Frozen

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Easy Air Fryer Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 3 fresh broccoli crowns
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

Step 1: Make Broccoli Florets
Snip the broccoli crowns down to bite size pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife. Place them in a large bowl.

Step 2: Season with Salt and Pepper
Drizzle the broccoli with the oil and cover with the salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli around in the bowl to get a nice evenly coating. Meanwhile, preheat the Air Fryer.

Step 3: Cook Broccoli in an Air Fryer
Place broccoli in the air fryer basket evenly. Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Toss the basket halfway and cook for another 8 minutes.

Step 4: Serve Hot
Let the Air Fryer broccoli cool a bit and serve!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 596mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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