I love easy air fryer recipes, and this Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli has become my new favorite way to cook broccoli! In just a few easy steps you can have a healthy side dish on your table, thanks to the trusty air fryer.
First, pour half of a bag (about 6 ounces) of frozen broccoli florets into a large mixing bowl.
Then spray olive oil or avocado oil on the broccoli. When using frozen broccoli, you'll want to do this quickly because it can freeze and clump up.
Next add salt and pepper, and any other toppings you prefer. Then toss and mix well in the large bowl.
Now you'll add the broccoli into your air fryer basket in a single layer.
Finally, cook the frozen broccoli in the air fryer at 400 degrees f for 20 minutes of cook time, opening to toss every few minutes.
Tips on how to make the best crispy broccoli
Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite seasonings to add to frozen vegetables because it makes for a great bread-like coating, has a buttery-nutty flavor, and adds a little protein.
To get the crispy texture, it's important that the broccoli cooks at a high temperature and in a single layer–it allows the heat to circulate better and cook more evenly. If you have a small air fryer you might not be able to make the whole batch in a single time.
If you’d rather not spray oil on the vegetables, that’s fine, but watch for them to become dry.
Remember that you might lose some seasoning at the bottom of the air fryer. Plan for that and add a little extra at the end of your cook time if you’d like.
Think outside the box! Frozen vegetables in the air fryer can be the best way to get those veggies in in a low carb way.
Sometimes I have leftover broccoli from a veggie platter, and air frying is a great way to use it up in even less time. If you're cooking fresh broccoli the temperature stays the same but the total cook time goes down to just 6 minutes.
Healthy Eating Plans21 Day Fix/Ultimate Portion FixNutritional yeast is free if you’re using one serving, but 1/2 cup will count for about 1/2 red container (this is an educated guess on my part, as nutritional yeast is not on the food list).If you’d rather not use nutritional yeast, you can use whole wheat panko and count 1 yellow container for 1/2 cup, or use 6 Triscuts, crunched up, for 1 yellow container. Weight WatchersMost vegetables are free on Weight Watchers, depending on the myWW plan you’re on. The breading and fats are where your points will come in.These points are the same on Purple, Green, and Blue Plans:
1/2 cup of Nutritional Yeast is 2 points
1 tbsp of butter is 5 points
Olive oil cooking spray is zero points
1/2 cup of panko whole wheat breadcrumbs is 5 points
1/4 cup of Frank’s Original Red Hot is zero points