- 1. Two big heads of broccoli
- 2. Vegetable oil
- Prepare the broccoli by cutting away the thick stem leaving small palm sized heads
- Rinse under cold water and dry
- Pre-heat air fryer to 400F
- Toss dried broccoli in a little vegetable oil, no more than 1-2 tbsp
- Cook the brocolli for ten minutes total at 400F
- Turn the brocollli once during cooking
Can you cook broccoli in the air fryer? Yes. Should you cook broccoli in the air fryer? Double yes! I love how the air fryer can quickly cook this delicious veggie, crispy the ends of the vegetable into a wonderful caramel-sweet finish.
It's critical to use dry broccoli before covering in oil. Excess water will steam the broccoli and create a softer texture, rather than deliciously-crisp we're tryhing to achieve.
I like to rinse my broccoli in a colander and then leave on the counter to drip dry, while I prep the rest of my meal. If it's still not dry when I am ready to continue, I will pat dry with some paper towels before adding the oil.
The quickest and easiest way to coat the brocolli evenly in oil is to throw the brocolli into a Tupperware container, pour over the oil, then put the lid on. Shake vigourly for 20-30 seconds and you should find the brocolli is evenly coated with minimal fuss and mess.
You can eat the broccoli as is from the fryer, but it works well with a few additions. My favorite is to salt the finished product and add a little red pepper chili flake.
I am also a fan of pouring over a little home made vinaigrette; a mix of oilve oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, my wifes favorite is to use the vinaigrette and then sprinkle over parmesan cheese.
You can see a few examples of that in the pictures above; here we've also served the air fried broccoli with good quality canned tuna and squash cooked with fresh basil and shallots in olive oil.