Air Fryer Broccolini

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As one of the best ways to make “baby broccoli”, you’ve got to try air fryer broccolini. Much like regular broccoli in the air fryer, broccolini turns out crispy yet tender and full of flavor.

Broccolini in the air fryer makes a fantastic side dish that honestly looks a little bit fancy with its long, slender stems and deep green color!

green broccolini on white plate with wooden board underneath
Air fryer broccolini – so good!

Recipe Tips

Before making broccolini in the air fryer, have a quick read through these recipe tips:

  • The spice blend can be tweaked to your liking. If you want a bit of spice, add some cayenne pepper for example.
  • We like our broccolini with a little more crisp in the stems as opposed to very soft. If you want yours to be slightly softer, leave it in a little bit longer. Use a fork to assess its tenderness. Just be sure to keep an eye on the broccolini towards the end of the cooking time since you don’t want the tops to get too dark.

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

Step by Step Instructions

If you want to know how to air fry broccolini, you can check out the recipe process photos in this section.

If you just want the cooking times and temperatures without visuals, you can skip to the bottom of this post for the recipe card!

piece of broccolini on wooden board on white counter
Cut the ends off the broccolini.

First, wash the broccolini and pat them dry. Then trim off the end of the stems.

If there are lots of leaves on the stems and you know you won’t eat them, you can remove them as well.

broccolini in silver bowl on white counter coated with spices
Add oil and spices to the broccolini.

Place the broccolini into a large bowl. Add oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

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Make sure the broccolini is evenly coated.

Toss until the broccolini is evenly coated in oil and spices.

raw broccolini placed in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the broccolini to the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the air fryer is hot, add the broccolini.

There shouldn’t be too much overlap. If your air fryer is very small, it’s a good idea to make this amount of broccolini in two batches.

green broccolini in black air fryer tray on counter
Cook the broccolini until tender.

Cook the broccolini in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes for slightly crunchy stems. Gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time.

If you want the stems to be softer, cook the broccolini for an additional minute or two. Just keep an eye on the florets since you don’t want them to burn.

green broccolini on white plate on wooden board
This broccolini is ready for eating!

Once cooked to desired tenderness, remove the broccolini from the air fryer and serve them as a side dish. You can also grate some parmesan cheese on top if desired.

Storage Tips

Air fried broccolini stores really well in the fridge in a sealed container. Properly stored, it will last for 3-5 days.

You can reheat the broccolini in the air fryer to help it stay crispy but you can also use the microwave if you don’t mind the broccolini being soft.

Related Recipes

For more great air fryer vegetable recipes, check out these tasty creations that also make nice side dishes!

green broccolini on white plate on wooden board

Air Fryer Broccolini

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Air Fryer Broccolini is deliciously crunchy yet tender and looks a little fancy. Coated in a little oil and simple spices, these "baby broccoli" make the perfect side dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches broccolini (approximately 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash the broccolini and pat them dry. Then trim off the end of the stems. If there are lots of leaves on the stems and you know you won't eat them, you can remove them as well.
  2. Place the broccolini into a large bowl. Add oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss until the broccolini is evenly coated in oil and spices.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Once the air fryer is hot, add the broccolini. There shouldn't be too much overlap of the broccolini - if your air fryer is very small, it's a good idea to make this amount of broccolini in two batches.
  5. Cook the broccolini in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes for slightly crunchy stems. Gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time. If you want the stems to be softer, cook the broccolini for an additional minute or two. Just keep an eye on the florets since you don't want them to burn.
  6. Once cooked to desired tenderness, remove the broccolini from the air fryer and serve them as a side dish. You can also grate some parmesan cheese on top if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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