Can You Put Broccoli In The Air Fryer?

Yes, cooking broccoli in an air fryer is a quick and delicious way to prepare this nutritious vegetable. Air frying gives broccoli a crispy edge while keeping it tender on the inside, enhancing its natural flavors without the need for excessive oil. Here’s how to do it:

Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional seasonings: garlic powder, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, or chili flakes for extra flavor

Instructions:

  1. Prep the Broccoli: Wash the broccoli head and cut it into uniform, bite-sized florets. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Season: In a large bowl, toss the broccoli florets with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and any other seasonings you’re using. Make sure each floret is lightly coated in oil. The oil helps to crisp up the edges and carry the flavors of the seasonings.
  3. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (about 204°C). Some air fryers don’t require preheating, but doing so can help achieve a more even and crispier result.
  4. Cook: Arrange the broccoli florets in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they’re not overcrowded to allow for proper air circulation. Air fry for about 7-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking. The exact time will depend on your air fryer model and how crispy you like your broccoli.
  5. Serve: Once the broccoli is tender on the inside and crispy on the edges, carefully remove it from the air fryer. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, then serve immediately as a side dish or incorporate into your main dish.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Broccoli

  • Dry the Florets: Make sure the broccoli is thoroughly dried after washing to prevent steaming and ensure it gets crispy.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Cook in batches if needed. Overcrowding the basket will steam the broccoli instead of air frying, resulting in softer florets.
  • Size Matters: Cut the florets into similar sizes for uniform cooking. Smaller florets will cook faster and become crispier.
  • Customize the Flavor: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings based on your preference. Broccoli pairs well with a variety of flavors.

Air frying broccoli is not only healthy but also adds a delicious texture and flavor to this green vegetable, making it a quick and easy side dish for any meal.

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