Air Fryer Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan

Our family can’t stop eating this easy recipe for Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan with garlic and a fabulous roasted flavor.

Parmesan cheese pairs perfectly with broccoli and hints of garlic to make the BEST flavor combination for an easy vegetable side dish in the air fryer.

Bowl of garlic and parmesan roasted broccoli in the air fryer

Our Air Fryer Broccoli tastes great with our Pulled Pork Quesadillas, Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders, or Chicken & Bacon Carbonara.

Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan Recipe

This air fryer broccoli with a spritz of olive or coconut oil, hints of salt, pepper and minced garlic is amazing on its own. Using a grater to make fine slivers of fresh parmesan fall on every little tree of broccoli is absolutely delightful! A similar version of this recipe works wonderfully on Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower too!

Broccoli pairs well with cheese. When fresh parmesan is available that’s my favorite. Cheddar, feta and mozzarella also work well to add a little flavor. We really enjoy a similar combination of flavors on our Honey Garlic Roasted Potatoes.

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This air fryer broccoli Parmesan recipe makes it easier to eat more green vegetables. I’ll admit I’m not a vegetable lover, but between this recipe, our cold Broccoli, Cauliflower Salad and baked Broccoli Mushroom Casserole I’ve got more options for enjoying fresh vegetables every day.

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli in the Air Fryer

My preference is to cut the broccoli into small bite-size pieces before cooking. Smaller pieces are easier for all of us to eat, especially the toddler. Using a large knife to cut raw broccoli on a cutting board is faster for me than using a table knife to cut cooked broccoli at the table.

Our large Cuisinart Air Fryer & Toaster Oven can cook about 6 cups of broccoli into smaller pieces in 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Or about 8 cuts of larger pieces of broccoli in 7 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Air fryer basket of fresh broccoli

Typically I add bacon and cheese to my vegetables like Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole, Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower and Easy Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Casserole so I can eat more fiber. This air fryer broccoli tastes good with just a spritz of oil. It is even better with some light seasoning and cheese.

How To Make Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer

We do not have a preference in taste for fresh or frozen broccoli in the air fryer. Both work well for a great-tasting side dish that goes with many meals. Sometimes keeping frozen broccoli on hand is much more convenient than fresh broccoli.

Spread out one layer of broccoli evenly across the air fryer tray and cook on 350 degrees F for 3 – 4 minutes to warm it up. Then add a few spritzes of olive oil and additional seasonings.

Spread the broccoli out in an even layer and return to air frying for another 6 – 7 minutes at 350 degrees F for a total cook time of 10 minutes.

We’ve found that frozen broccoli doesn’t turn brown or start to burn on the edges as much as fresh broccoli. This is probably because it is frozen right away after being harvested and doesn’t have time to lose moisture or dry out in the produce section at the store or in our refrigerator.

Lightly seasoned toaster oven tray of air fryer broccoli parmesan

We also like using frozen broccoli in Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, Sausage Link, Broccoli & Rice Casserole, and our Loaded Broccoli Noodle Soup.

Tips and Tricks

  • Try to start with uniformly sized pieces of broccoli so they will cook evenly
  • I like to get bags of pre-cut and pre-washed broccoli from Sam’s Club as I find it’s typically very fresh and it saves us time and work
  • At the grocery store choose fresh broccoli that is still firm and bright green, once broccoli starts to turn yellow it loses moisture and will brown or burn more quickly in the air fryer
  • Chose frozen broccoli florets as opposed to bag that include pieces and stems for best results
  • We’ve used olive oil, coconut oil and avacado oil and haven’t noticed a difference in taste
  • Leftover broccoli tastes great reheated in the air fryer for up to 3 – 5 days
  • We use a Cuisinart Air Fryer & Toaster Oven that has a large capacity to make enough broccoli for our family of 4
  • Fresh parmesan can be substituted with a sprinkling of grated parmesan
  • Many air fryer recipes recommend cooking at 400 degrees F, but we have more success at 350 degrees F.
  • Keep a close eye on the broccoli as it cooks so the edges don’t become too dark or burnt – note that cooking times may vary
  • Cook a bit longer than recommended times for crunchy broccoli
  • My husband determines the broccoli are done by the aroma – when the smell of cooked broccoli permeates from our Air Fryer Toaster Oven
Fresh parmesan grated over air fryer roasted broccoli

How to Make Roasted Air Fryer Broccoli

  1. Place air fryer tray on top of solid tray and pile broccoli in the center of the air fryer tray.
  2. Spritz with oil, roll the broccoli over and spritz the other side with oil.
  3. Sprinkle garlic, salt and freshly ground pepper evenly over broccoli. I like to toss the mixture together to coat all sides.
  4. Spread the seasoned broccoli out in an even layer across the tray.
  5. Set air fryer toaster oven to air fry at 350°F.
  6. Cook small pieces for 5 minutes and medium sized pieces for 7 minutes. Frozen broccoli needs roasted for 10 minutes and the seasonings should be added mid way through roasting after the broccoli has begun to warm up.
  7. Move warm broccoli back in a pile, shave fresh parmesan over the top and enjoy!

Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes:

Printable Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan with Garlic Recipe

Lightly seasoned toaster oven and air fryer broccoli in a bowl

Air Fryer Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan

Servings 4 people
Author: Jennifer
Our family can't stop eating this easy Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan in the Air Fryer.
Parmesan cheese pairs perfectly with broccoli and hints of garlic make the BEST flavor combination for an easy vegetable side dish in the air fryer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil I prefer oil in a spray can
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic I prefer dried spices as they stick easier
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
  • dash pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 cup parmesan freshly shaved

Instructions
 

  • Pile broccoli in the center of the air fryer tray and spritz with oil.
  • Turn the pile over and spritz the other side of the broccoli with oil.
  • Sprinkle garlic, salt and pepper evenly over broccoli.
  • Spread seasoned broccoli out evenly across the tray.
  • Set air fryer toaster oven to air fry at 350°F. Cook small pieces for 5 minutes and medium sized pieces for 7 minutes. Frozen broccoli needs roasted for 10 minutes and the seasonings should be added mid way through roasting after the brocolli has begun to warm up.
  • Shave fresh parmesan over warm broccoli and enjoy!

Notes

  • Try to start with uniformly sized pieces of broccoli so they will cook evenly
  • I like to get bags of pre-cut and pre-washed broccoli from Sam’s Club 
  • We’ve used olive oil, coconut oil and avacado oil and haven’t noticed a difference in taste
  • Choose fresh broccoli that is still firm and bright green, once broccoli starts to turn yellow it loses moisture and will brown or burn more quickly in the air fryer
  • Leftover broccoli tastes great reheated in the air fryer for up to 3 – 5 days
  • We use a Cuisinart Air Fryer & Toaster Oven that has a large capacity to make enough broccoli for our family of 4
  • Fresh parmesan can be substituted with a sprinkling of grated parmesan
  • Many air fryer recipes recommend cooking at 400 degrees F, but we have more success at 350 degrees F.
  • Keep a close eye on the broccoli as it cooks so the edges don’t become too dark or burnt – note that cooking times may vary from those listed above
  • Cook a bit longer than recommended times for crunchy broccoli
  • My husband determines the broccoli are done by the aroma – when the smell of cooked broccoli permeates from our Air Fryer Toaster Oven

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Nutrition

Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 431mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 899IUVitamin C: 122mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 1mg

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Originally published March 15, 2020 with updates made on June 10, 2022.

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe for broccoli. I love your blog with so many fabulous recipes. Each recipe I have made has been a joy to prepare.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Wow, thanks so much for the compliment! I sincerely appreciate your feedback and hope you keep finding many more recipes to enjoy 🙂

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