Enjoy the fresh taste of spring with this easy and delicious recipe for air fryer broccolini.
The air fryer works its magic by taking delicate stalks of broccolini that are lightly seasoned in olive oil and salt and pepper and turning them into a tender-crisp side dish that can be served with beef, chicken, pork, fish, or as a stand-alone appetizer! Broccolini is best enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon juice or Parmesan cheese but is equally good with just a bit of salt and pepper.
What is Broccolini?
Broccolini is a hybrid of regular broccoli but with longer, thinner stalks. It has smaller florets with a mild flavor more similar to asparagus. It’s perfect as a side dish or addition to casseroles, omelets, or stir-fries.
Amazing Air Fryer Broccolini
- Just a few ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes to get crispy, air-fried broccolini.
- Using the air fryer helps broccolini keep its bright green color and nutritional benefits without being cooked in a lot of fat!
- Elegant-looking broccolini makes any dish look restaurant-worthy and making it in the air fryer saves time, frees up oven space, and makes cleanup a breeze!
Ingredients and Variations
Broccolini: Look for stalks that are equal in width so they cook at the same rate. Stalks should be firm with florets that are intact and smell somewhat floral. Remove any leaves and cut off the bottoms before cooking. PRO TIP:
Seasonings: Leftover bacon grease is an economical switch from olive oil and will give broccolini a somewhat smoky flavor. Any seasoning blend can be used besides salt and pepper, simply look in the pantry and experiment! Even this easy Italian dressing mix with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese will make air fryer broccolini a whole new recipe!
How to Make Broccolini in the Air Fryer
For best results, always consult the model (Nina, Corsori, NuWave, etc) of your brand of air fryer for temperature and cooking times.
- As per the recipe below, toss broccolini in oil and seasonings.
- Place broccolini in a single layer in a preheated air fryer and cook until tender-crisp, flipping over halfway.
Cut the bottoms of broccolini off at an angle for a more professional look.
Use a zippered bag to toss broccolini with oil and seasonings, instead of a bowl, for quick cleanup!
If cooking in batches, keep broccolini warm in the oven. Then just before serving, reheat all the broccolini in the air fryer. Squeeze a little lemon juice on, if desired.
Serving And Storing
- Serve broccolini along with air fryer chicken breasts for a low-carb meal or mix them with air fryer brussels sprouts for a heartier side dish.
- Kids love roasted broccolini for its light and delicate flavor and its “dip-ability!” Make a batch or two and serve it as a healthy snack with a side of ranch dressing, or some lemon aioli for the grown-ups!
- Keep broccolini in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat pieces in the air fryer or under the broiler
- Broccolini can be frozen but won’t be as firm once it’s thawed and reheated, but it will be perfect in a chicken pot pie, added to vegetable soup, or a tater tot casserole.
Air Fryer Broccolini
- 1 pound broccolini heads
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ black pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice optional
- Wash and dry broccolini. Cut off the bottom of the stems and remove any leaves.
- Add broccolini, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a medium bowl and toss to combine.
- Add broccolini to the air fryer basket and air fry for 12-14 minutes at 375°F, flipping after 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice if desired and serve.
- Refrigerate broccolini in a covered container for up to 3 days.
- Reheat in the air fryer or under the broiler.
- Broccolini can be frozen. Place in a zippered bag for about 2 months.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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