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Overhead view of air fryer broccoli on a plate

The Best Air Fryer Broccoli

This air fryer broccoli is simply the best! Using a special but easy method to get the broccoli tender without being burnt, like so many other air fryer broccoli recipes, this side dish is just like a delicious oven-roasted broccoli but in a fraction of the time.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetables
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, lighter option
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 91kcal


  • Air fryer
  • Large bowl (or zippered plastic bag)



  • Preheat air fryer to 320° Fahrenheit. In large bowl or bag, combine broccoli florets, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat broccoli well, making sure to work oil into crowns of broccoli to ensure they crisp well.
    Broccoli in a glass bowl next to an air fryer
  • Place seasoned broccoli florets in air fryer basket in one flat layer. Place in air fryer and cook at 320° for 6 minutes.
  • After 6 minutes, increase air fryer temperature to 400° Fahrenheit. Cook broccoli at 400° for 3 to 4 minutes or until florets are crispy on edges. Remove broccoli from air fryer, garnish with lemon zest and grated parmesan if desired, and serve warm.


  • The two-temperature method fixes the problem of getting overly crispy broccoli that's not tender. You might be tempted to stick with just one temperature for the whole cooking process but I really recommend following the method I used here for the best air fryer broccoli EVER!
  • Parmesan: Totally optional, but I love cheesy broccoli so I had to recommend it! If you're paleo, on a Whole30, or vegan/dairy-free, skip the parm or use an appropriate substitute.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 4g