Air fryer broccoli is an easy keto side dish made with fresh broccoli and a blend of Parmesan and spices. It makes a great addition to family dinners.

how to make crispy Air Fryer Broccoli


Our air fryer broccoli is going to make all of those broccoli haters into fans of this healthy green veggie. You heard me right. If you’re not a fan of broccoli chances are you just haven’t had it cooked the right way.

We toss ours in a mix of Parmesan cheese and spices and then drop it in an air fryer to make a quick and easy side dish that can go with any weeknight meal.

Your air fryer is good for more than just broccoli! You’ve got to give our air fryer zucchini, air fryer, asparagus, and air fryer cauliflower a try.

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Air Fryer Broccoli recipe ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Fresh broccoli – Fresh broccoli works best. Frozen broccoli can be too soft for this. If you like convenience, you may be able to find pre cut broccoli crowns at the store.
  • Olive oil – Olive oil adds a bit of flavor to the broccoli and helps the outside crisp up a bit.
  • Grated Parmesan – Freshly grated Parmesan adds salty flavor.
  • Spices – Garlic powder, salt and pepper adds extra flavor.
how to make Air Fryer Broccoli

How to Make It

Prep the seasonings. Start by making the coating for the broccoli. In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Parmesan until they are well combined. 

Prep the broccoli. Add the broccoli florets to a large bowl and toss them with olive oil. Once the broccoli is well coated, sprinkle with the seasoning mix. Use tongs or a spoon and toss the florets again until they are all coated.

Fry the broccoli. Add the broccoli to the basket of your air fryer. You can pile the broccoli up loosely as long as the air can still flow around it. Set the fryer to 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Halfway through (5 minutes) toss the broccoli. If you prefer tender broccoli, you can increase the cook time by 1 or 2 minutes.

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Is Roasted Broccoli Healthy?

Yes! Broccoli fits nicely into most keto, low carb, Paleo, and Whole30 diets. Raw broccoli has about 7.5g carbs in a 4 ounce serving. But since it is packed full of fiber, it only has 4.6g net carbs. It is also loaded with vitamins like C, K and B9.

What to Serve it With

Air fryer broccoli makes a great side dish for just about any meal. If you’re keeping it keto serve it with your keto meatloaf or Instant Pot roast. If you’re not watching your carbs you can serve it as a side dish with your salisbury steak, ranch baked pork chops, or Instant Pot chicken with mushrooms.

Dips and Sauces

Air fried broccoli goes great with different dipping sauces. You can pour some on top or dunk it right into my Keto Tzatziki sauce for a Greek inspired flavor or dip it into Basil Pesto.  They also taste great with Honey Mustard, Peri Peri sauce, and Lemon aioli.

Air Fryer Broccoli easy healthy side recipe

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Broccoli

Air fryer broccoli is a simple, tasty side dish that fits perfectly into a wide range of diets. This yummy side pairs well with almost any main.
how to make crispy Air Fryer Broccoli
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  • 8 ounces Broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper


  • In a small bowl combine Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the broccoli florets in a large bowl and toss with olive oil. Then sprinkle with seasoning and toss again until it is evenly coated.
  • Place the broccoli in the basket of the air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 10 mins. Toss halfway through. Time may vary depending on how tender you want the broccoli.


Serving: 2ounces, Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 375IU, Vitamin C: 51mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer broccoli
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