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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.

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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 Broccoli Mac and Cheese, 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

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
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Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer

Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 14 minutes
roasted broccoli in a bowl with a fork
This Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli is an easy and delicious side dish that is ready in a flash!


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


  • 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.


The volume of broccoli will shrink dramatically as it cooks, so it is ok if the basket looks a bit crowded at first. 


Serving: 1 cupCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 76mgPotassium: 735mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1413IUVitamin C: 202mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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