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Air Fryer Broccolini

Air fryer broccolini is a great side dish, easy to make, totally delicious, and cooks in no time at all. Try this healthy air fryer veggie side dish when you want a tasty dish that’s ready in a flash.

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Air fryer broccolini on a white plate.
Air fryer broccolini.

How to cook broccolini in an air fryer

Broccolini is delicious when cooked properly, and using an air fryer is a great way to cook it quickly and easily. Air frying helps the broccolini keep its colour and preserves its nutrients. It’s a healthy way to cook vegetables that works well when you want a side dish that’s ready in a flash.

This recipe is a variation of my recipe for roasting broccoli in an air fryer, with a few tweaks, since broccolini is a totally different size and shape to regular broccoli.

Air frying is a great way to roast or grill vegetables, check out some of my other favorite air fryer vegetable recipes: crispy air fryer roast potatoes, air fryer roasted carrots, air fryer cauliflower, and air fryer roasted vegetables.

Ingredients

Broccolini: This recipe calls for broccolini, but you can use broccoli rabe (rapini), or Chinese broccoli (gai-lan, kai-lan, Chinese kale).

Olive oil: use olive oil or another cooking oil. If you want to reduce the oil you use you can spritz the broccoli with an olive oil spray rather than drizzling it over the broccolini (note: try to avoid generic ‘cooking spray’ as this can damage the non-stick coating of some air fryer baskets).

Salt and black pepper: The recipe below uses kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. If you are using table salt the reduce the amount by around a third. You can add other seasoning along with the salt and pepper if you like, try onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, chili flakes, or lemon zest.

Directions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F / 200°C.
  2. Trim the stems if necessary for it to fit in your air fryer, and remove any large leaves. Cut large broccolini in half (or into quarters if very large).
  3. Rinse the broccolini, and pat dry with paper towels or a clean dish towel. The drier you can get it the better.
  4. Place broccolini in air fryer basket in a single layer. Alternate the florets so it fits in neatly. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add other seasoning if you like.
  5. Air fry broccolini for 5-7 minutes until tender and starting to crisp.
Air fried broccolini with garlic butter, on a white plate.
Try serving air fried broccolini topped with garlic and herb butter.

Serving

Broccolini pairs wonderfully with a range of flavor combinations like garlic and pesto, zesty lemon, or even the ever-reliable salt and pepper. Here are some fun ideas to try:

  • Drizzle with pesto and add flaked almonds
  • Sprinkle with half a tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • or try half a tablespoon of nutritional yeast for a vegan alternative
  • Top with cheese sauce
  • Serve with soy sauce on the side for dipping

Storage and reheating

Place any leftover broccolini in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator. Use within 3 days.

You can reheat the broccolini in the air fryer, air fry for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat it in the microwave, 1-2 minutes on high.

Air fryer broccolini recipe card

Air fryer broccolini on a white plate.
Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Broccolini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

How to cook broccolini in an air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches broccolini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 390°F / 200°C.
  2. Trim the stems if necessary for it to fit in your air fryer, and remove any large leaves. Cut large broccolini in half (or into quarters if very large).
  3. Rinse the broccolini, and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Place broccolini in air fryer basket in a single layer. Alternate the broccolini so it fits in neatly.
  5. Drizzle broccolini with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Air fry broccolini for 5-7 minutes until tender and starting to crisp.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

    Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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