Make crisp, perfectly cooked frozen broccoli in the air fryer in minutes. The perfect easy weeknight side dish.
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Looking for an easy weeknight side dish? This Air Fryer Broccoli is just what you need. It starts with frozen broccoli and the cooking method results in crisp, perfectly cooked broccoli.
No mush going on here.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli
Method for Making Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli
There is a trick to getting crisp, non-soggy broccoli in the air fryer. The method is a two-step process but it’s super simple.
The trick is to cook the broccoli on its own in the air fryer to release all the water from freezing. Once it’s cooked partially, remove the broccoli from the air fryer and drain the water.
Place the broccoli back into the air fryer and spray liberally with olive oil spray. Season with salt and pepper. You can season it with more spices too depending on what you are serving alongside it.
Then the broccoli gets another cook in the air fryer to get it tender crisp. You’ll never know you started with frozen broccoli when you use this method.
Reheating Air Fryer Broccoli
If you have leftovers, make sure to reheat your broccoli in the air fryer to bring back the crisp.
Preheat your air fryer (if needed) and cook at 375 degrees F for about 2 minutes. This will heat and re-crisp the broccoli and make it as good as the first time around.
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Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli
- 1 lb. frozen broccoli
- Olive oil spray
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Add frozen broccoli to air fryer. Cook at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Remove broccoli from air fryer then drain all the water. Place broccoli back in air fryer and spray liberally with olive oil spray then season with salt and pepper. Shake to ensure it's all coated.
- Cook at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes, until crisp and hot through.