Only 5 minutes of prep and 6 minutes of active cooking time. This air fryer broccolini is easy to make and utterly delicious. With only a handful of ingredients and minimal prep, you can serve this flavorful, delicious, and nutritious side dish.
Air fryer broccolini recipe
Enjoy this delicious air fryer broccolini as a side dish, it is flavorful and every crunchy bite is fresh and delicious. My recipe is quite different from the ones you will find online as I do it differently. My recipe includes an extra step that makes a whole difference to the color, flavor and taste of this vegetable.
I blanch my broccolini before I air fry them, the same way I do with broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans. This extra step only takes about 3 minutes to do and it enhances the flavor, also the seasoning gets into the nook and cranny of buds.
Then, I air fry my blanched broccolini for about 5-6 minutes depending on the thickness and they come out perfectly cooked every time. It tastes amazingly good just like what you will get from a restaurant.
Related recipes: sauteed broccolini and stovetop broccoli.
What is broccolini
Broccolini is a hybrid vegetable, it looks like a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It has edible thin stems and small buds with an intense flavor that pairs beautifully with many dishes. This cruciferous vegetable is a nutritious powerhouse, low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Why you will love air fryer broccolini
Fresh and delicious: Broccolini is a fresh and healthy vegetable that is sure to please.
It has a unique mild flavor and texture, which sets it apart from other vegetables. You will enjoy its crunchy texture with every bite!
Quick and easy: This air fryer broccolini is quick and easy to make in just 6 minutes of active cooking time. All you need is a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time.
Healthy, flavorful and nutritious: what more could you ask for, not only is this recipe quick and easy, but it’s also healthy. Broccolini is low in calories, high in fiber, and is packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and calcium.
Versatile: This air fryer broccolini can be served as a side dish to a variety of meals or used as a topping for salads, sandwiches, and more!
What you will need
To make this air fryer broccolini you will need the following ingredients
- Olive oil
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Salt and black pepper
- Chili flakes to serve
- Lemon juice and zest
How to make air fryer broccolini
Line the broccolini on the chopping board and trim off about 5mm of the ends of the stem then wash under cold running water and drain in a colander.
Transfer it to the large bowl and cover it with hot boiling water, leave it to soak for 2 minutes, drain it in a colander, and rinse under cold water to stop it from cooking further.
Pat it dry with a kitchen paper towel, drizzle olive oil over the broccolini, and toss to combine, add onion granules, garlic granules, salt, and black pepper, and toss to combine.
Place the broccolini in an air fryer basket (no need to preheat) in a single layer and cook for 5-6 minutes at 180C/365F flipping it halfway through the cooking time or until the broccolini is cooked to your liking.
Remove the broccolini from the air fryer, squeeze fresh lemon juice over it, sprinkle some chili flakes on top, and serve immediately. Enjoy
How to store
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. You can reheat it in the air fryer or microwave.
What to serve it with
broccolini is similar to broccoli and can be served the same way as a side dish, it is versatile and goes with many dishes. I enjoy it with grilled steak, roasted chicken, salmon or lamb. It can also be served as a base for creamy pasta dishes and casseroles.
For an even more flavourful dish, add some toasted almonds, grated parmesan cheese, or pine nuts before serving. Enjoy!
Watch how to make it
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Air Fryer Broccolini
- 400 g broccolini
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Chili flakes to serve
- lemon juice and zest
- Line the broccolini on the chopping board and trim off about 5mm of the ends of the stem then wash under cold running water and drain in a colander.400 g broccolini
- Transfer it to the large bowl and cover it with hot boiling water, leave it to soak for 2 minutes, drain it in a colander, and rinse under cold water to stop it from cooking further.
- Pat it dry with a kitchen paper towel, drizzle olive oil over the broccolini, and toss to combine, add onion granules, garlic granules, salt, and black pepper, and toss to combine.1 Tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, Salt and black pepper
- Place the broccolini in an air fryer basket (no need to preheat) in a single layer and cook for 5-6 minutes at 180C/365F flipping it halfway through the cooking time or until the broccolini is cooked to your liking.
- Remove the broccolini from the air fryer, garnish with lemon zest, squeeze fresh lemon juice over it and sprinkle some chili flakes on top, and serve immediately. Enjoylemon juice and zest, Chili flakes
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And there you have it, a simple and delicious vegetable side dish recipe you can make at home in no time. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @thedinnerbite on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox
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