Spicy Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli

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This 10-minute no-thaw Spicy Frozen Broccoli made in an air fryer is a great side dish for lunch or dinner. Use my easy recipe to make it.

Here are some broccoli recipes you can try at home: Healthy Broccoli Apple Salad, Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, Amish Broccoli Salad, and Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta.

Spicy Air fryer frozen broccoli served in a bowl.
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About Spicy Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli

Spicy Frozen Broccoli made in an air fryer is a delicious side dish that can be made in under 10 minutes. Pull out frozen broccoli from the freezer, toss it with a small amount of oil and spices, and air fry; it’s that easy!

The resultant broccoli is tender with crispy edges and made with much less effort than the classic roasted broccoli.

This savory air fryer broccoli is low cal and low carb, making it a healthy side dish if you watch your weight. And if you follow a vegan and gluten-free diet, you are in for a treat. It is also keto, paleo, and whole 30.

Although you can make this recipe in an oven, I prefer the air fryer method of roasting the broccoli over the oven method because

  • It’s faster.
  • Doesn’t heat the house.
  • Broccoli comes out very tender with nicely roasted edges.

Ingredients

Broccoli – You need frozen broccoli florets to make this recipe.

You can either freeze it at home or use store-bought packets.

Olive Oil – Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil; it makes a massive difference in the taste. Also, you don’t need much of it, just a few tablespoons.

You can replace olive oil with canola, avocado, or coconut oil.

Seasonings – To give this broccoli a little flavor and taste, you will need garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. These ingredients add perfect heat and spiciness to this Broccoli dish.

You can add minced garlic to this recipe instead of garlic powder to add a more prominent garlicky taste. Increase the red pepper flakes if you like it to be spicier.

Lemon Juice – Squeeze a little lemon juice on top for that extra tanginess.

How To Make Frozen Broccoli In Air Fryer

Transfer 12 oz (350 g) of frozen broccoli florets to a large mixing bowl.

Frozen broccoli florets added to a bowl.

Add the following ingredients and toss well.

  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Olive oil and spices added to the bowl.
Tossed well.

Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray.

Spraying the basket with oil.

Then, place the frozen broccoli florets in the basket and spread them evenly. Do not overload the basket.

Tip – For best results, do not allow the broccoli to thaw before cooking; place it straight from the freezer into the air fryer.

Broccoli spread in the basket.

Air fry at 400°F for 10 minutes.

Air fried for 10 minutes.

Pull out the basket and stir the broccoli.

Air fry for another 5-8 minutes until the desired level of crispiness. The overall cooking time will depend on the air fryer model you are using.

Air fried for another 5 minutes.

Transfer the broccoli to a serving platter and drizzle with 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. 

Serve immediately, topped with parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast) if desired.

Drizzling lemon juice over ready air fryer frozen broccoli.

Variations

Indian Spiced – In this version, you can use seasonings such as minced garlic, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder, black pepper powder, lemon juice, and salt.

You can even add a little Sambar Powder for that South Indian touch.

Chipotle – For the Chipotle version, mix your broccoli pieces with unsalted butter, garlic, chipotle peppers, honey, salt, and lemon juice before air frying.

Parmesan Cheese – You can follow the same recipe, sprinkle some parmesan cheese, and mix at the end.

Toss the broccoli with your favorite seasonings, such as Cajun Spice Mix, Italian Seasoning, or Spaghetti Seasoning, before air-frying it.

You can also drizzle cheese sauce over it to make it extra indulgent.

You can replace broccoli with other frozen vegetables and make air-fried green beans or carrots.

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This 10-minute no-thaw Spicy Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli is a great side dish for lunch or dinner. Make it using my easy recipe (vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-carb).
5 from 2 votes

Spicy Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli Recipe

This 10-minute no-thaw Spicy Frozen Broccoli in Air Fryer is a great side dish for lunch or dinner. Make it using my easy recipe.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces frozen broccoli florets (350 g)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
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Instructions 

  • Transfer frozen broccoli florets to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes and toss well.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray.
  • Then place the frozen broccoli florets in the basket and spread them evenly. Do not overload the basket.
  • Tip – For best results, do not allow the broccoli to thaw before baking; place it straight from the freezer into the air fryer.
  • Air fry at 400℉ for 10 minutes.
  • Pull out the basket and stir the broccoli.
  • Air fry for another 5-8 minutes until the desired level of crispiness.
  • Transfer the broccoli to a serving platter and drizzle with 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
  • Serve immediately, topped with parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast) if desired.

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Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 46mg, Potassium: 395mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 853IU, Vitamin C: 113mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 1mg
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