Air Fryer Broccolini

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Broccolini is a quick and easy side dish to make the air fryer and goes well with almost any cooked meat from baked chicken to meatloaf!

Lightly seasoned with fresh lemon juice and garlic, this dish has simple prep and comes out perfectly tender-crisp.

Air Fryer Broccolini on a plate with lemon

What is Broccolini?

Also known as “baby broccoli,” broccolini has smaller, delicate florets on long, thin stalks and has a brighter green color when cooked.

It has a mild earthy flavor which makes it a winner as a side dish with all kinds of proteins like chicken, beef, or fish, and a great addition to casseroles, soups, and stir-fries!

  • Made in minutes in the air fryer, broccolini is a colorful addition to any meal.
  • With just a few ingredients and in even fewer minutes, air-fried broccolini retains its bright color and nutrition without being cooked in a lot of fat!
  • Make the air fryer do double duty and eat broccolini with some Air Fryer Salmon or some delicious and simple Air Fryer Pork Chops.

Air Fryer Broccolini ingredients

Ingredients

SEASONING Broccolini’s mildly sweet flavor means it can be paired with all kinds of seasonings! This recipe uses a light olive oil, lemon, and garlic dressing before air frying. If you don’t have broccolini, you can also make broccoli in the air fryer.

EXTRAS Toss in your fave seasonings before adding to the air fryer. If desired, sprinkle with parmesan cheese while cooking.

How to Make Air Fryer Broccolini

The air fryer makes cooking so easy, and this broccolini recipe is no exception:

  1. Rinse & trim the tips of the broccolini. Dry well.
  2. Toss with all the ingredients (per recipe below).
  3. Place the seasoned broccolini in a single layer & cook until it is tender crisp.

Serve this yummy side dish with crispy air fryer pork chops or perfect juicy air fryer chicken.

broccolini in the air fryer to make Air Fryer Broccolini

Air Fryer Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure the broccolini is dry after rinsing. Water will cause it to steam.
  • The air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food, so it’s important not to overcrowd the basket.
  • Air fryers can vary so check the broccolini 2 minutes early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

Pro Tip: If cooking meats/chicken in the air fryer, once cooked, use the drippings in the bottom of the air fryer to toss with the veggies instead of oil. It adds lots of flavor and the broccolini can cook while the meat rests.

Leftovers

Store air fryer broccolini in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in a preheated air fryer to restore its crispy exterior.

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Air Fryer Broccolini on a plate with lemon
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Review Recipe

Air Fryer Broccolini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Lemony garlic broccolini is cooked in the air fryer until perfectly crisp & tender!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces broccolini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

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Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 380°F.
  • Rinse broccolini and shake dry. Trim the tips of the broccolini.
  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Toss with broccolini and place in a single layer in the air fryer.
  • Roast broccolini 6-7 minutes or until tender-crisp.

Recipe Notes

  • Broccolini can be replaced with broccoli and will need to cook at 400°F for 5-7 minutes.
  • Ensure the broccolini is dry after rinsing. Water will cause it to steam.
  • Parmesan cheese is a great addition to this recipe.
  • The air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food, so it's important not to overcrowd the basket.
  • Air fryers can vary so check the broccolini 2 minutes early to ensure it doesn't overcook.
If cooking meats/chicken in the air fryer, once cooked, use the drippings in the bottom of the air fryer to toss with the veggies instead of oil. It adds lots of flavor and the broccolini can cook while the meat rests.
 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 68, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 316mg, Potassium: 7mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1501IU, Vitamin C: 80mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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