Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower – What to serve with it?

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy way to get your daily dose of vegetables, look no further than an air fryer. From French fries to roasted meats, air fryers make cooking much healthier since they require very little oil. Today we’re talking about how to make perfectly roasted broccoli and cauliflower in the air fryer! This dish is crunchy on the outside with a soft texture on the inside – it’s truly one of our favorite side dishes for everyday meals or family get-togethers. In this article, you’ll learn how to season these veggies just right so that each bite packs flavor as well as nutrition while still keeping things simple and low-effort. So let’s dive into making some delicious roast veggies!

In only a few minutes, the air fryer turns bite-sized pieces of lightly-seasoned broccoli and cauliflower into something crispy and soft. Making healthy snacks and sides have never been simpler. Just great, tasty vegetables—no mess, no bother! 

Easy air fryer broccoli and cauliflower recipe

Although I adore roasted broccoli and cauliflower, I never have time to let them roast for 45 minutes in the oven. It tastes like we roasted it in the oven, but it is crispier and quicker to cook, which is why I am so thrilled to offer this 15-minute tender and crispy air fryer broccoli and cauliflower dish.

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower
Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower air-fried in oil create the perfect side dish for any supper! It has a garlic taste, is soft on the inside, and is a little bit crisp and crispy on the outside. Everyone will want to know more, and your kids will adore it.

What to serve with air fried cauliflower & broccoli?

What you can offer with air-fried broccoli and cauliflower is virtually endless. A squeeze of fresh lemon and some parmesan cheese are two of my favorite additions. If you like a spicier side dish, feel free to add some red chili flakes. Here are some suggestions for foods that go well with air-fried broccoli and cauliflower:

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Three very basic ingredients plus some seasonings are used to make this side dish for the air fryer. To help you get ready, here is a list of the ingredients:

Grab one small head of cauliflower and separate it into small- to medium-sized florets. Cauliflower has crispy edges and a soft inside after being air-fried.

Remember to eat your broccoli! One medium head of broccoli is required. We’ll season the medium-sized florets after cutting them up, then air fried them to absolute crispness.

Extra-virgin olive oil: As the cauliflower and broccoli simmer, this helps them become delicate and crisp on the outside. This item must be skipped; else, the broccoli will burn. You require 2 teaspoons. 

The key ingredient in this recipe’s flavor is garlic powder. One teaspoon of garlic powder is required. Add a bit extra for a stronger taste!

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower
Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Naturally, salt and black pepper are used to season food.

Optional garnishes include a squirt of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, or a dash of red chili flakes to finish off your air-fried broccoli and cauliflower.

Kitchen tools required

The simplest dish for broccoli and cauliflower is this one! An air fryer, some measuring cups, and a mixing bowl are required. 

Tools for measuring: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon Large mixing bowl for air fryer.

How to make air fryer broccoli and cauliflower?

This dish for broccoli and cauliflower cooked in the air fryer just takes 15 minutes to prepare! The florets are first salted with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl, and then air-fried until perfectly soft and crispy. Here are comprehensive step-by-step directions suitable for any level of cook:

Start by setting the air fryer to 370°F and spritzing the basket with non-stick olive oil spray to gently coat it.

Then, combine the florets of cauliflower and broccoli with the olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Make sure the cauliflower florets are smaller than the broccoli ones since it takes longer to cook.

Next, add to the air fryer that has been prepared and air fried for 11 to 15 minutes, shaking the basket every 3 to 4 minutes, as needed, to ensure that everything cooks equally. TIP: Because every air fryer is different, check to see whether it’s finished at 11 minutes.

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower
Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Serve right away with a squeeze of lemon, some parmesan cheese, or some red chili flakes for heat (if desired).

Pro tips for air frying cauliflower and broccoli

Here are 4 expert cooking recommendations for the tastiest broccoli and cauliflower in an air fryer:

Ensure that the broccoli florets are smaller than the cauliflower florets. When air-fried, cauliflower takes longer to cook, and if the florets are not smaller than those of broccoli, they won’t be ready in 15 minutes.

Avoid skipping the olive oil. Olive oil is necessary to prevent the broccoli from burning and to make the cauliflower very soft. In fact, if you want your broccoli and cauliflower extra crisp, feel free to add 1 Tablespoon more.

Every three to four minutes, shake the basket! This guarantees that the broccoli and cauliflower cook in the air fryer to the right doneness. We don’t want one side to be crispy and soft while the other is still raw.

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower
Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Might require cooking in batches. Cook in batches if your air fryer basket is too small! The cauliflower and broccoli shouldn’t be stacked on top of one another for optimum cooking.

FAQs about Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

Is this recipe healthy?

Given that both broccoli and cauliflower are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, this meal is unquestionably nutritious. We also use olive oil, a fantastic source of good fats.

Is broccoli paleo?

Yes! Cauliflower and broccoli are both acceptable paleo foods. They both are also gluten-free.

Can I use frozen broccoli?

I advise against using frozen broccoli. It might get mushy and will be softer.

Can I make air fryer cauliflower and broccoli ahead of time?

Yes, you may prepare this dish in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for dinner preparation. Take a look at the directions below!

How to store leftovers?

For up to four days, keep leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Conclusion Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower

That’s it! Just two ingredients and a few minutes in the air fryer yields perfectly crisp, flavorful broccoli and cauliflower. This is now my go-to method for cooking these veggies, and I hope you give it a try too. Let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below!

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