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Air Fryer Broccolini

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This easy Air Fryer broccolini is the perfect side dish for just about any meal.

If you love broccolini and stir fries, you’ve got to give this recipe a try.

As opposed to regular broccoli or broccoli rabe, we’ll be using broccolini, which is essentially called baby broccoli, seasoning it and then cooking it in the Air Fryer.

Air Fryer Broccolini

What I Love About the Recipe

My favorite part about this recipe is the fact that it comes together in under 10 minutes.

Broccolini is a versatile vegetable, and its delicate florets are lightly seasoned before air frying them.

With barely any cook time and a super customizable recipe, this is easily the best broccolini recipe in my books.

Ingredients For the Air Fryer Broccolini Recipe

You’ll need just 4 simple ingredients to make this Air Fryer broccolini.

Air Fryer Broccolini Ingredients
Air Fryer Broccolini
  • Broccolini heads: The main ingredient, baby broccoli cooks up tender and flavorful in the air fryer.
  • Olive oil: Helps achieve a slight char and enhances the broccolini’s natural flavor.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, or red pepper flakes add a simple yet effective flavor boost.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a fresh, citrusy kick, brightening up the broccolini’s earthy taste.

How to Make Air Fryer Broccolini

Ready to try this roasted broccolini recipe? Here’s the step by step process you’ll need to follow.

Step 1: Rinse Broccolini

Wash your broccolini and let the water drain. Pat dry using paper towels. Meanwhile, preheat the Air Fryer.

Air Fryer Broccolini
Air Fryer Broccolini

Step 2: Prepare the Broccolini Stems

Remove the leaves off the stems. Cut off the end of the stems and the thicker stalks, and keep the thinner stalks intact.

Step 3: Get the Seasoned Broccolini Ready

In a large bowl, add the broccolini, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is evenly coated.

Air Fryer Broccolini
Air Fryer Broccolini

Step 4: Transfer Broccolini in Air Fryer

Add to the broccolini to the Air Fryer basket and air fry for 12 minutes on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to flip the broccolini over halfway to ensure that the broccolini cook evenly.

The key is to get the broccolini to be al dente.

Air Fryer Broccolini
Air Fryer Broccolini

Step 5: Squeeze Lemon Juice & Serve Immediately

Remove from the Air Fryer and squeeze some fresh lemon juice, if preferred. 

Tips & Tricks to Nail the Air Fryer Broccolini Recipe

Ready to make Air Fryer broccolini? Here are some tips and tricks to take note of.

  • Remember to arrange all the broccolini in a single layer in your Air Fryer basket.
  • As opposed to regular broccoli, cooking broccolini barely takes a few minutes, and even more so when you’re air frying them. Remember to keep an eye on the broccoli and get them out of the basket once they’re cooked al dente.
  • If you have any leftovers, you can refrigerate them in an air tight container.
Air Fryer Broccolini
Air Fryer Broccolini

What Other Variations Can I Try?

Depending on what you have at hand, you can experiment with lots of different seasonings for the broccolini.

I loved adding some minced garlic in addition to the salt and pepper. If you don’t find fresh garlic, you can totally use some garlic powder instead.

I also like to add some fresh lemon zest for that tangy flavor and an added boost of vitamin C.

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese can also be a wonderful addition to the air fried broccolini.

And if you love Asian flavors, you can also try a Chinese broccoli version by tossing the baby broccoli in some of your favorite Asian spices and then topping them with some toasted sesame seeds.

Air Fryer Broccolini
Air Fryer Broccolini

How to Serve the Broccolini

You can serve the crispy broccolini with a squeeze of lemon juice and pair it with any of your favorite mains.

You can also enjoy it as a snack by teaming it up with any of your dipping sauces.

More Recipe to Try

If you enjoyed this easy broccolini recipe, and are inspired to try some more recipes, here are a few good ones.

Air Fryer Broccolini

Air Fryer Broccolini

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This easy Air Fryer broccolini is the perfect side dish for just about any meal.

If you love broccolini and stir fries, you've got to give this recipe a try.

As opposed to regular broccoli or broccoli rabe, we'll be using broccolini, which is essentially called baby broccoli, seasoning it and then cooking it in the Air Fryer.

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs. broccolini heads
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Lemon juice, optional

Instructions

How to Make Air Fryer Broccolini

Ready to try this roasted broccolini recipe? Here's the step by step process you'll need to follow.

Step 1: Rinse Broccolini

Wash your broccolini and let the water drain. Pat dry using paper towels. Meanwhile, preheat the Air Fryer.

Step 2: Prepare the Broccolini Stems

Remove the leaves off the stems. Cut off the end of the stems and the thicker stalks, and keep the thinner stalks intact.

Step 3: Get the Seasoned Broccolini Ready

In a large bowl, add the broccolini, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is evenly coated.

Step 4: Transfer Broccolini in Air Fryer

Add to the broccolini to the Air Fryer basket and air fry for 12 minutes on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to flip the broccolini over halfway to ensure that the broccolini cook evenly.

The key is to get the broccolini to be al dente.

Step 5: Squeeze Lemon Juice & Serve Immediately

Remove from the Air Fryer and squeeze some fresh lemon juice, if preferred. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 14gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g

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