This easy air fryer broccolini recipe is the perfect simple yet sophisticated side dish!

The air fryer works its magic by taking lightly seasoned stalks of broccolini and turning them into the best tender-crisp side dish.

Serve with beef, chicken, pork, fish, or as a stand-alone appetizer topped with a squeeze of lemon juice or Parmesan cheese!

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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.

Best Air Fryer Broccolini

  • Just a few ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes to get crispy, air-fried broccolini with a slight char.
  • 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!
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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.

Seasonings: 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! Or add some minced fresh garlic.

Olive Oil: Leftover bacon grease is an economical switch from olive oil and will give broccolini a somewhat smoky flavor.

How to Make Broccolini in the Air Fryer

For best results, always consult the manual (Nina, Corsori, NuWave, etc) of your brand of air fryer for temperature and cooking times.

  1. Toss broccolini in oil and seasonings (per the recipe below).
  2. Place in a single layer in a preheated air fryer and cook until tender-crisp, flipping halfway.

Our Best Tips!

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 the broccolini warm in the oven. Then just before serving, reheat in the air fryer. Squeeze a little lemon juice on, if desired.

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Air Fryer Broccolini

Cool broccolini in the air fryer with just a bit of olive oil and seasoning for the perfect side dish with almost any entree!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • 1 pound broccolini heads
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • teaspoon salt
  • 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.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 109 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2002IU | Vitamin C: 105mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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