Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

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Air fryer broccoli and cauliflower is a lovely vegetable side dish that tastes great and pairs well with lots of different meal combos.

Cooked together from start to finish, these florets are easy to prep and air fry in no time at all!

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Our cauliflower and broccoli turned out really nicely!

Ingredients

To make air fryer broccoli and cauliflower you’ll need:

  • Broccoli – A small head of broccoli so everything fits into the air fryer at once.
  • Cauliflower – A small head of cauliflower
  • Avocado oil – Can also use canola or vegetable oil
  • Garlic powder – This is optional; you can also add other spices of your choice.
  • Salt – Add more or less to taste.
  • Black Pepper – To add flavor.

Recipe Tips

We made this broccoli and cauliflower in the air fryer to test it out for you. Here are a few tips so that the recipe turns out well when you make it:

  • Ideally, cut the cauliflower florets a little bit smaller than the broccoli florets since the broccoli will cook a touch quicker – this will help them be done air frying at the same time.
  • Watch the broccoli closely towards the end – even an extra minute can make the florets brown noticeably.
  • The broccoli and cauliflower is done when tender. You can test this with a fork.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

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Step by Step Instructions

Here are the step by step instructions for how to make air fryer cauliflower and broccoli.

You can follow along with our recipe process photos to see exactly how we made ours in our kitchen!

Alternatively, head for the recipe card at the bottom of the post so that you can get started without the visuals.

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Cut the broccoli into florets.

First, cut the broccoli and cauliflower into small/medium florets.

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Also cut the broccoli into florets.

As mentioned, ideally you cut the cauliflower into slightly smaller florets than the broccoli as it will need a touch longer to cook.

By cutting it smaller, the cauliflower and the broccoli will be done at the same time.

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Rinse the florets.

Then rinse the florets under running water and dry them well.

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Add the florets, oil and spices to a bowl.

Next, add the clean broccoli and cauliflower florets into a bowl. Then also add in the oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

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Make sure the broccoli and cauliflower is evenly coated.

Toss until everything is evenly coated.

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Add the florets to the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add the raw florets into the air fryer basket. Gently shake the basket so that the veggies settle into one even layer.

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The broccoli and cauliflower should be tender and slightly crispy.

Air fry the broccoli and cauliflower at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-9 minutes total until tender.

Shake the basket every 3 minutes to help with even cooking.

Your exact cooking time can vary based on the air fryer you have and the size of the florets.

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Broccoli and cauliflower – ready to serve!

When done and slightly crispy, remove the florets from the air fryer and serve. Enjoy!

What to Serve Cauliflower and Broccoli With

Broccoli and cauliflower made in the air fryer is a simple, versatile side dish that can go with lots of different meal ideas from pork tenderloins to air fryer salmon and crispy tofu.

You might round out a meal with a baked sweet potato – or just a regular baked potato!

Storage

If you have leftover broccoli and cauliflower you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Properly stored, they’ll last for 3 to 4 days.

Related Recipes

We’ve got many more easy to make air fryer vegetable combination dishes that make for an easy side dish – or will at the very least satisfy your veggie cravings!

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Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower is the perfect vegetable side dish. Cooked all together as one, these veggies are easy to make and simply seasoned to suit all different tastes!
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 small head broccoli
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • First, cut the broccoli and cauliflower into small/medium florets – ideally cut the cauliflower florets a little bit smaller than the broccoli florets. Then rinse the florets and dry them well.
    1 small head broccoli, 1 small head cauliflower
  • Next, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While you wait, add the clean broccoli and cauliflower florets into a bowl. Then also add in the oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss until everything is evenly coated.
    1 tablespoon avocado oil, 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • When the air fryer is hot, add the raw florets into the air fryer basket. Gently shake the basket so that the veggies settle into one even layer.
  • Air fry the broccoli and cauliflower at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-9 minutes total until tender. Shake the basket every 3 minutes to help with even cooking. Your exact cooking time can vary based on the air fryer you have and the size of the florets.
  • When done and slightly crispy, remove the florets from the air fryer and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 948IU | Vitamin C: 168mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

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