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Air Fryer Broccoli

This quick air fryer broccoli will make an easy addition to any weeknight meal. Seasoned with sesame oil for an Asian inspired twist!

If you’re like me you’re always looking for new ways to use your air fryer and new ways to get your family to eat vegetables. Both of those problems are solved with this easy Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe.

Overhead side shot of sesame broccoli in a bowl.

With just a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes in your air fryer, you’ll have an easy dinner side dish that the whole family will love. Trust me, my kiddos who aren’t the biggest of broccoli fans gobble this up every time!

What ingredients do you need to make air fryer broccoli?

Overhead photo of ingredients needed for air fryer broccoli on a cutting board.

BROCCOLI: 3 fresh broccoli heads chopped into florets. I  like to keep the stems a little long too too but that is a personal preference. 

SESAME OIL:  This gives this broccoli an asian flavor twist. You don’t need a lot, just enough to help the broccoli get a little browned and crispy when its air frying. If you don’t want that simply use olive  oil instead,  the technique will be the same! 

CANOLA OIL

GRANULATED GARLIC: You can substitute garlic powder if needed. If you substitute garlic salt, omit the additional salt in the recipe. 

SALT

SESAME SEEDS: Added after cooking for a little more crunch. 

UMAMI POWDER: This is 100% optional but I love it. It is made from shiitaki mushrooms and adds an unbelievable savory taste to the broccoli. I use this brand. A little goes a long way so it’s not something that  you’ll need to buy often. Trader Joes also makes a version with just a tad more oniony flavor. 

Overhead  photo of umami powder in a white bowl.

How do you make broccoli in the air fryer?

It could really not be any easier! 

STEP #1: Combine all of the ingredients,  except sesame seeds, together in a bowl. Toss the broccoli  so that it is completely coated. 

Broccoli in a clear glass bowl.

STEP #2: Place the broccoli in the air fryer basket and roast  at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove and shake the basket halfway through. If you want it a bit crispier cook for an additional 2 – 3 minutes. 

Overhead photo of broccoli in an air fryer.

DES’ TIP: Unlike other air fryer recipes, no need to make sure the broccoli is in a single layer. You can cook it all at once which makes this recipe even easier!

STEP #3: Remove from the air fryer, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Close up side shot of air fryer broccoli in a bowl.

SEE! How easy is that? Now of course, this air fryer broccoli has a slight Asian twist with the sesame oil, seeds and umami but that is just a twist. You could essentially make this recipe with any kind of flavor you want: cajun, ranch, simple salt and pepper. Whatever suits your fancy, the technique will be the same! 

I just love recipes like this! 

If you love this Air Fryer Broccoli and want more recipes to use in your Air Fryer, you’ve got to check out my collection: 

Air Fryer Mushrooms

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Fried Shrimp Air Fryer

Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts 

Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 3 broccoli crowns, cut into florets
  • 2 teaspoons canola (or olive) oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon umami powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

1

Combine all of the ingredients,  except sesame seeds, together in a bowl. Toss the broccoli  so that it is completely coated. 

2

Place the broccoli in the air fryer basket and roast  at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove and shake the basket halfway through. If you want it a bit crispier cook for an additional 2 - 3 minutes. 

3

Remove from the air fryer, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

4


Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 88 , Total Fat: 5.1g , Saturated Fat: 0.5g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 499mg , Carbohydrates: 9.3g , Fiber: 3.6g , Sugar: 2.4g , Protein: 3.9g

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Des

Hey! I'm Des!

Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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