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Air Fryer Broccoli {Fresh/Frozen/under 10 minutes}

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Whip up this easy air fryer broccoli side dish in 10 minutes or less! Crisp and fresh, without burning or undercooking. Make this easy side with one of our 30+ Best Low Carb Recipes tonight!

broccoli in a bowl with shaved parmesan cheese and pepper on top

After making my air fryer zucchini chips the other day, I started thinking about making broccoli in the air fryer. This is a veggie we commonly make in our household and my air fryer is always saving me time.

adding toppings to broccoli
top with your favorites

Recommended Ingredients

This recipe only requires two ingredients. I recommend adding a bit of oil to your air fryer, although it’s not necessary.

Baby broccoli or broccoli florets will work for this recipe.

broccoli in a bowl with a fork
crisp, flavorful and easy

Is broccoli keto?

While there are no “keto” foods, broccoli is definitely on the keto-friendly list of veggies, as it only has 3 g. net carbs per serving, fresh.

close up view of a broccoli floret in a bowl fresh from the air fryer
customize by adding other veggies too

What are other veggies I can use?

Some other low carb veggies to fry include:

  • peppers
  • cauliflower
  • asparagus
  • green beans
  • squash (zucchini, summer, spaghetti)
  • mushrooms
broccoli in the air fryer basket
salt and pepper your broccoli to taste before frying

Can I air fry frozen broccoli?

Yes, frozen broccoli or other frozen veggies cook well in the air fryer.

How to make air fried broccoli

Broccoli is air fried in 3 simple steps.

  1. wash
  2. chop
  3. air fry (time is dependent upon frozen vs fresh)
broccoli with a napkin, salt, pepper, and cheese grinder
parmesan cheese+salt+pepper

What to serve with broccoli

I like to serve shredded parmesan cheese atop my broccoli or add it as a side with a healthy protein, like chicken, pork, or beef.

For stir-fry: If you’re cooking a protein, add in the broccoli for the last 10 minutes and you’ve got the easiest stir fry out there!

As a side: To liven up my veggies, I add shaved parmesan cheese or bacon bits/ cheese to them.

parmesan cheese with napkin and grater
fresh cheese is the best broccoli topping


How to store broccoli prior to air frying

I store my broccoli wrapped in a moist paper towel overnight or submerged in a ice water bath prior to cooking. I find this helps the broccoli keep it’s crisp flavor and helps to prevent burns while cooking.

close up of air fried broccoli with cheese
never overcooked

Why does my broccoli burn in the air fryer?

If your broccoli is prone to burning when cooked in the AF, try cooking for a shorter period of time or cooking inside a tin foil pack. Air fryer cooking times are variable depending on the brand/ type you use.

a fork lifting broccoli from a bowl
tender, yet not overcooked

Tips for the best broccoli using an air fryer

  • do a test run to determine your air fryer settings if you’re afraid of overcooking
  • store in a cold, ice water bath for at least a few hours before air frying – this helps broccoli hold on to moisture
  • if cooking from frozen, extend time to approximately 13 minutes, making sure to check right before time is up
broccoli florets in a bowl with shaved parmesan cheese topping and pepper

Air Fryer Broccoli {Fresh/Frozen/under 10 minutes}

Grab your air fryer for the easiest, fail-proof broccoli ever! This broccoli is perfect every single time. No burning and perfectly crisp!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick



  • ½ lb broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil spray optional
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes or garlic powder optional
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese optional


Fresh Broccoli

  • Wash broccoli and chop. Toss in olive oil. Add salt and pepper, garlic powder to taste (optional).
  • Add broccoli to air fryer and cook at 350°F for 10 minutes, tossing at 5 minutes.
  • If more time is required, air fry for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Top with parmesan cheese (optional).

From Frozen

  • Follow same instructions, except cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.


Tips for air frying:
  • do a test run with 1 floret to determine your air fryer settings and prevent overcooking
  • From frozen: extend time to approximately 13 minutes, making sure to check right before time is up
  • Want charred broccoli? I recommend cooking for additional 3-5 minutes. 
Cooked broccoli is best consumed the first day, but will keep in a sealed, refrigerated container for up to 2 days. 


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 1393mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 1mg

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