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Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer

This Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli is an easy and delicious side dish that is ready in a flash!
roasted broccoli in a bowl with a fork

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This Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer is an easy and delicious side dish that is ready in a flash! Perfectly roasted in the air fryer, this simple kitchen hack is a tasty and fast meal prep dish.

roasted broccoli in a bowl with a fork

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When you’re looking for a fast, delicious, and healthy side dish, you’re going to want to whip up a batch of this air fryer frozen broccoli. This is the kind of dish you can make on autopilot when everyone is hangry and you need dinner NOW.

If you love broccoli (and who doesn’t?), you’ll definitely also want to check out our posts on Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli, Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake, and Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli. If you’re looking for a delicious topper for this recipe, check out our Gluten-Free Cheese Sauce recipe.

And if you don’t have an air fryer, you’ll find oven-roasting instructions in this post on Oven Roasted Frozen Broccoli.

frozen broccoli, and other ingredients on a white board

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Do not thaw the broccoli before air frying.
  • This is a recipe where preheating the air fryer is important to allow the broccoli to start roasting immediately instead of merely steaming.
  • Look for bags labeled as “florets” as opposed to “cuts and pieces”. You’ll get more consistent sizes with florets.
  • The volume of broccoli will shrink dramatically as it cooks, so it is ok if the basket looks a bit crowded at first. See photos below.
  • Every air fryer will cook slightly differently, and everyone’s “perfectly” roasted broccoli will look different. Check the cooking progress at 7 minutes and continue cooking if desired.

4 photos showing how to make frozen broccoli in an air fryer

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Looking for a cheesy version of this that uses fresh broccoli? Check out Happy Veggie Kitchen’s Air Fryer Broccoli Parmesan.

roasted frozen broccoli in a bowl

roasted broccoli in a bowl with a fork
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Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time14 mins
This Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli is an easy and delicious side dish that is ready in a flash!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen broccoli {do NOT thaw!} {florets preferred over "cuts and pieces"}
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 390F degrees for 2 minutes.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine olive oil and garlic powder and whisk/stir to combine.
  • Add the frozen broccoli, and toss with the olive oil/garlic mixture.
  • Add broccoli to the air fryer basket and bake at 390F for 7 minutes. Shake, and continue cooking for 0-6 minutes until it reaches your preferred level of perfectly roasted.

Notes

The volume of broccoli will shrink dramatically as it cooks, so it is ok if the basket looks a bit crowded at first. 
 
Nutrition Facts
Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 735mg21%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1413IU28%
Vitamin C 202mg245%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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