Air fryer broccoli with lemon is the easiest of easy side dishes. The broccoli magically turns out tender and crisp at the same time, while the squeeze of lemon adds a bold brightness to the dish that lightens up the broccoli flavor. And while the perfect pairing of broccoli and cheese is hard to beat, this vegan-friendly version uses nutritional yeast for a cheesy, finishing touch.
Air fryer recipes are in no short supply here on the blog (some favorites are these chipotle air fryer chicken thighs and sticky sesame air fryer wings- they both deserve all the heart-eyes). But don't be fooled, I also happen to air fry veggies quite a bit, too! 😉 And if you've ever wondered is broccoli good in the air fryer? The answer is yes, absolutely. Bonus: broccoli in the air fryer couldn't be more simple to make.
This recipe is:
- low-carb and keto friendly
- dairy free and gluten-free
- easy to make with only a handful of ingredients
- ready in minutes!
This crispy air fryer broccoli recipe is a no-fuss way to prep broccoli, especially on busy nights. It cooks for 10 minutes, tops. It's seasoned with pantry staples like salt, pepper and a sprinkle of garlic powder. And it is a side dish for practically any kind of meal, whether it is this keto chicken parmesan or a Sunday pot roast with gravy.
We've enjoyed air fryer cauliflower and air fryer Brussels sprouts (with miso glaze!) but the thing I love about this air fryer broccoli recipe is that there's very little prep time involved and the ingredient list is extra short!
- broccoli, cut into florets
- olive oil or avocado oil
- fine sea salt
- black pepper
- garlic granules
- nutritional yeast (optional)
And that is it.
Fun fact: my four-year-old daughter will tell anyone that broccoli is her favorite food which is a straight-up, bold-faced LIE, but I will say that this is a super kid-friendly recipe and a veg my kiddos will eat without complaints. While the nutritional yeast is entirely optional, it gives the broccoli a cheesiness that young eaters will enjoy (and never even know it is actually good for them!).
Air fryer broccoli is quick, basically the fastest and tastiest way to get a side of broccoli on the table!
To make broccoli in the air fryer:
- Toss the broccoli florets in oil and seasonings. I like to cut the broccoli into medium-sized florets, but this is up to you. Smaller ones will take longer to cook while larger pieces may need to air fry 1-2 minutes extra.
- Air fry the broccoli. Place the broccoli in the air fryer, making sure it's not overcrowded. The pieces should be somewhat spaced out in an even layer otherwise they will steam each other instead of roasting. Air fry for 7-10 minutes, stirring halfway. When done, squeeze the fresh lemon juice on top and sprinkle on nutritional yeast.
A quick note about the oil... I realize that a lot of the appeal with the air fryer is that it is marketed as an "oil-free frying" method. However, a little bit of a healthy oil not only adds some fat to the recipe (necessary for a keto or low-carb high fat lifestyle) but it also makes this air fryer broccoli extra crispy. If you follow more of a ketogenic diet, feel free to swap in MCT oil for the olive or avocado oil.
tips for success + FAQs
- Do you steam broccoli before air frying? Nope, there's no need to steam the broccoli before placing it in the air fryer. Air fryer broccoli turns out tender on the inside with slightly crisp edges- similar to roasted broccoli- all ready in a matter of minutes!
- How long to cook broccoli in air fryer? At 380°F, the broccoli will cook for about 7-10 minutes or until you can easily pierce it with a fork. If the broccoli florets are on the large side, add extra cook time in 1-2 minute intervals. And if the pieces are small, pause the air fryer after 6-7 minutes to check for doneness.
- The nutritional yeast is optional and can be substituted for a sprinkle of grated parmesan, sunflower cashew ricotta, or your favorite cheese sauce (if you're not vegan /dairy free).
This keto air fryer broccoli recipe is fresh, fast, and a super tasty, low-carb side dish! It is made for busy nights when dinner feels like a major endeavor and luckily, it doesn't need to be. Enjoy!
More keto broccoli recipes you'll love...
- Keto broccoli salad with bacon and maple dressing is a fresh and flavorful salad loaded with salty bacon pieces, juicy blueberries and a creamy/sweet/maple dressing that brings it all together. It is perfect for summertime barbecues and makes an easy, next-day, work-from-home lunch.
- Keto broccoli soup with jalapeño! It's smooth, creamy and full of flavor with just the right amount of heat. This vegan, low-carb and gluten-free soup is also simple to make!
- Keto teriyaki chicken meatballs and broccoli makes a delicious, protein-packed dinner that comes together quickly.
- 1 pound broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic granules
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- juice of ½ a lemon
- 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
- Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the broccoli florets with the oil, salt, garlic granules, and black pepper.
- Transfer the broccoli to the preheated air fryer. Spread it across the air fryer basket in an even layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pieces.
- Air fry for 7-10 minutes, stirring the broccoli halfway through the cooking time. The broccoli is done when it can be easily pierced with a fork.
- Remove the broccoli from the air fryer and transfer to a serving dish. Squeeze half a lemon over the broccoli and sprinkle on the nutritional yeast (optional).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 7.5gNet Carbohydrates: 4.5gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
This nutritional information is approximate and is provided for convenience as a courtesy.