One of the easiest ways to eat broccoli is by air-frying it. Broccoli can be heated in a microwave for a few minutes, but they won’t become as crispy. Instead, try heating broccoli in the air fryer for three to five minutes. You want the broccoli to be hot and crispy but don’t cook it too long.
Prepare the air fryer
The first step in cooking air fryer broccoli is to prepare the florets. The florets should be well coated in olive oil. Try to evenly coat the stems and leaves of the broccoli so that each piece gets a crisp, tender texture. It’s also a good idea to work in batches to prevent overcrowding the air fryer basket.
Then, cut each floret into about an inch long, similar size pieces. This will ensure that the inside of each piece cooks before the edges. During the cooking process, it’s important to add water to the air fryer basket to prevent the broccoli from drying out. Also, keep in mind that different air fryer models cook broccoli differently.
Season the broccoli florets with soy sauce, teriyaki, and fresh garlic
Broccoli florets can be purchased frozen at most grocery stores. Look for medium-sized florets. Add the seasonings to the broccoli before airfrying. You can also use garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Oil is essential, so use extra virgin or avocado oil. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F and allow to cook for four minutes. After that, stir in the broccoli florets and season them with soy sauce, teriyaky sauce, or fresh garlic.
Once you have prepared your air fryer, you can use a variety of seasonings. You can add extra garlic powder or lemon juice to add more flavor. You can also use a mixture of seasonings to give your broccoli flavor and crispy texture. You can serve this crispy broccoli with a variety of vegetables and meats. For example, it pairs well with chicken Alfredo lasagna and pesto gnocchi.
Cook the broccoli in the air fryer
You can prepare a tasty broccoli dish using an air fryer. To start, you will need to prep the broccoli by coating it with olive oil. The leaves and stems should be evenly coated to ensure a crisp, tender texture. You can also add seasonings to add more flavor, such as lemon zest or garlic powder.
Once you’ve prepared your broccoli, chop it into 1-inch pieces. Place the broccoli on a sheet pan and seal it with a plastic bag. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze the leftovers and use them for meal prep in the coming weeks.
Check for doneness
When using an air fryer to cook broccoli, be sure to check the broccoli for doneness periodically. The broccoli should be tender and golden brown around the edges. Broccoli can also be prepped up to one day in advance. For best results, cook the broccoli for eight to ten minutes. After cooking, store in an airtight container.
For the best results, cook the broccoli in olive oil. You can use a spray bottle to do this. Alternatively, you can simply drizzle olive oil onto the florets. If desired, sprinkle the florets with seasonings to taste.
Store leftover roasted broccoli
After using an air fryer, you can store leftover roasted broccoli in an airtight container. The roasted broccoli keeps well for a couple of days and can be reheated in the microwave or air fryer at 350degF for a few minutes. It can be served as a side dish, paired with pasta dishes, or a wonderful addition to Asian curries.
If you are looking for another way to use leftover roasted broccoli from your air fryer, you can reheat it in the air fryer in a few minutes or in a conventional oven at 350 degrees F. The broccoli will lose its crispiness and may need more time to cook. Leftovers can also be frozen for up to two months.