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cooked broccoli florets in the air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Broccoli

This easy air fryer broccoli is healthy, crispy yet tender on the inside, packed full of flavor, and delicious. Broccoli florets lovingly coated in everyday spices, lemon juice, and olive oil. It is bursting with freshness and definitely a worthy side dish to any meal. It is simply the best!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Servings 2
Calories 185 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp honey Sub with maple syrup
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Fill a kettle with water and bring to a boil (this step is optional, only do this if you would prefer to blanch the broccoli)
  • Cut the broccoli in florets, if possible, try and keep them, the same sizes, and transfer them into a bowl. Submerge the broccoli with the hot boiling water and leave for about 30 seconds. Carefully drain the broccoli and run it under cold tap to stop it from cooking.
  • Pat the broccoli dry with a kitchen towel or leave to cool and air dry slightly if time is not of the essence.
  • Place the vegetable in a bowl and season with garlic powder, lemon juice, honey, red pepper flakes salt, black pepper, olive oil, and mix to combine and broccoli is well coated.
  • Transfer the vegetable to the air fryer basket (no need to spray the basket with oil) and cook at 180C/360F and cook for 6 to 10 minutes shaking the basket halfway through for even cooking. Serve immediately with any main meal of choice.

Frozen broccoli

  • if cooking from frozen, transfer into the air fryer basket and cook for 1 to 2 minutes just until the veg is thawed. Sprinkle the seasoning on the veggie and mix to combine, spray with cooking oil, stir and spray again so it’s well coated. Cook at 190C/390F for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy around the edges and fork-tender. Serve and enjoy!


Add about ⅓ cup of water to the bottom of the air fryer basket to prevent smoking if you would not be blanching the vegetable. This is highly unlikely but if it does then add the water.
Do not overfill the basket when cooking this vegetable otherwise, it wouldn’t cook evenly or take longer to cook.
The brand and size of the air fryer you own may affect cooking time. Please adjust accordingly, one of the beauties of an air fryer is that you can easily open it while it is cooking to check for doneness without losing much heat, unlike a conventional oven.


Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 101mgPotassium: 980mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1894IUVitamin C: 274mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 2mg

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