Easy Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan Recipe (+Video)

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This Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan recipe will transform your humble florets into savory, cheesy, and crispy delights that’s bound to win over even the most skeptical palates!

Air fryer broccoli parmesan served in a wooden tray.

Take a look at those lovely cheesy crust!

If you’re not a big fan of this cruciferous vegetable, this Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan recipe will surely change your mind.

See also: Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli, How to Air Fry Frozen Broccoli, Chicken & Broccoli

Air fryer broccoli parmesan recipe bite shot, served in a wooden tray.

What I like about air fryer roasted broccoli is the added crunchiness. The crispy, savory florets taste like no other. While you can achieve a similar result by baking your broccoli, the air fryer allows you to cook it in record time.

Squeeze in some lemon juice, and you’ve got the perfect healthy side dish that will complement roasted pork, beef, chicken or fish.

Bonus: I’ll also share a tip on how to achieve the perfect doneness for your broccoli at the end of the instructions.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan

Ingredients for broccoli parmesan air fryer recipe

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this air fried Parmesan broccoli side dish.

  • Broccoli
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

Having fresh lemon juice on-hand is another fantastic addition! The combination of lemon and broccoli is a match made in heaven, so be sure to keep a lemon nearby if you want to add a touch of refreshing citrus brightness to your roasted broccoli!

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How to Cook Broccoli Parmesan in the Air Fryer?

Air frying Parmesan-crusted broccoli is quick and easy. After seasoning your florets, you only need six minutes or less to achieve a perfectly crispy texture and golden-brown crust.

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400ºF (204ºC) and then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

🚨 Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

Step 2: Cut the broccoli head into florets.

Broccoli florets in a medium glass bowl

After thoroughly washing the broccoli head, cut it into florets. The stem of the broccoli is also edible, you just need to peel the tough outer layer.

Step 3: Season the broccoli florets.

Seasoning broccoli florets

In a large bowl, toss the broccoli florets with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, ensuring that the broccoli is evenly coated with the olive oil.

Next, add the grated Parmesan cheese and continue mixing until the cheese is well distributed throughout the broccoli.

Step 4: Air fry broccoli Parmesan for 5-6 minutes until slightly golden.

Roasting broccoli parmesan in air fryer

Now, carefully add those seasoned broccoli florets into the air fryer and roast them for 5-6 minutes or until you reach your desired browning and texture.

😋 Flavor Booster: Add more grated parmesan cheese if desired. The cheesier, the better.

I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Step 5: Serve your air fried broccoli Parmesan side dish. Enjoy!

Air fried broccoli parmesan served in a wooden tray.

That’s how you make Air Fryer Parmesan Broccoli in under 10 minutes!

It’s a simple yet tasty vegetable side dish that pairs well with roasted, salmon chicken, pork, or beef.

You can grate more Parmesan on top, or as mentioned above, you can’t go wrong with a squeeze of lemon juice. Yum! 😋

If you don’t want the extra calorie, try our simple air fryer roasted broccoli.

Fresh broccoli, when cooked properly, are sweet, nutty, and complements any dish. Here are some suggested cooking time and temperature and tips to help you achieve the perfect air fryer roasted broccoli.

DonenessTemperatureCooking TimeNotes
Al Dente400°F (204°C)5-6 minutesN/A
Perfectly Roasted400°F (204°C)6-8 minutesN/A
Soft & Tender400°F (204°C)5-6 minutesSoak in warm tap water for 10 minutes before seasoning
Minimize Browning350°F (177°C)10-12 minutesN/A
Fresh broccoli recommended cooking time and temperature

Al Dente – For an al dente or crunchy texture, air fry for 5 to 6 minutes or until the Broccoli becomes slightly tender and lightly browned.

Perfectly Roasted – To make it more crispy, cook for another 2-3 minutes until the little broccoli heads deep golden brown. The extra crispiness and caramelization adds a depth of flavor to this already tasty side dish.

Soft & Tender – If you want your broccoli to be soft and tender, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes before seasoning and air frying.

Minimize Browning – Finally, if you want to minimize browning with your cruciferous vegetables, lower the heat to 350°F (177°C) and air fry them for 10-12 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can air fry broccoli Parmesan. It will take you 5-6 minutes to roast it in the air fryer.

To air fry frozen broccoli Parmesan, first preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Then place a single layer of frozen broccoli Parmesan and cook them for 10-12 minutes. If you don’t want any browning, reduce the heat to 350°F (177°C).

prep time2 minutes
cooking time6 minutes
total cooking time8 minutes

Easy Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan Recipe (+Video)

courseSide Dish
cuisineAmerican
This Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan recipe will transform your humble florets into savory, cheesy, and crispy delights that’s bound to win over even the most skeptical palates! 🤩 Fry it, to believe it!
Air fryer broccoli parmesan served in a wooden tray.
5 from 2 votes
number of servings2

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C). If your air fryer has a capacity of 4-quarts or smaller, please see note for more info.
    Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).
  • Wash the broccoli head and cut it into florets. You can also peel and chop the broccoli stem if you prefer.
    Broccoli florets in a medium glass bowl
  • Season the broccoli florets: In a large bowl, toss the broccoli florets with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Make sure the broccoli is evenly coated with the olive oil first before adding the spices. Lastly, add the grated Parmesan cheese and continue mixing until the cheese is well distributed.
    Seasoning broccoli florets
  • Air fry broccoli parmesan for 5-6 minutes, until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Arrange them in a single layer for even cooking. No need to flip.
    Roasting broccoli parmesan in air fryer
  • Serve and enjoy your beautifully roasted air fryer broccoli Parmesan! It pairs really well with a variety of main dishes or can be enjoyed as a tasty and nutritious standalone snack.
    Air fried broccoli parmesan served in a wooden tray.

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Notes

  • For smaller air fryers (4-quart and below), reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C). They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400°F (200°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.
  • The stem of the broccoli is also edible. Peel it, then once you get to the soft core, cut them into thin rounds.
  • Al Dente – To achieve an al dente or crunchy texture, air fry the broccoli for 5 to 6 minutes or until it becomes slightly tender and lightly browned.
  • Roasted to Perfection – To achieve extra crispiness and a deeper flavor, cook the broccoli for an additional 2-3 minutes until the florets are a deep golden brown. This will enhance the natural sweetness and make this already delicious side dish even more irresistible.
  • Soft & Tender – If you want your broccoli to be soft and tender, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes before seasoning and air frying.
  • Minimize Browning – Finally, if you want to minimize browning with your cruciferous vegetables, lower the heat to 350°F (177°C) and air fry them for 10-12 minutes.
  • I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test the Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1511IU | Vitamin C: 202mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 2mg
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