Easy Air Fryer Broccolini Recipe with Lemon & Parmesan

Done in less than 10 minutes, this easy air fryer broccolini recipe is the perfect nutritious side dish for busy weeknights!

white dish with air fried broccolini with parmesan and lemon.

Why you’ll love this easy air fryer broccolini recipe:


  • So fast: When you need dinner on the table quickly, air frying is the answer! Just turn on the air fryer while you’re getting the broccolini ready to get this delicious side dish on the table quickly!
  • Flavorful: With the right seasoning and a little fresh lemon juice, your broccolini will have the perfect texture and flavor to pair with your favorite entrees!
  • Super simple: You only need a handful of simple ingredients for this easy side dish. If your pantry is bare, just use olive oil, salt and pepper!
closeup view of broccolini roasted with lemon and parmesan.

What is broccolini?

Did you know broccolini isn’t just baby broccoli? It’s actually a hybrid plant, a cross-breed between traditional broccolini and Chinese broccoli. Because of this, it has longer, thin stalks that tender all the way through with small, delicate florets. Regular broccoli has a thick stem and much larger florets.

Both broccolini and traditional broccoli have a mild flavor, so if you love broccoli, you’ll love this cruciferous vegetable, too!

My favorite thing about broccolini is that it’s got a milder flavor than rapini, and it has a crispy texture that pairs really well with noodle dishes (pad see ew, anyone?) or instead of asparagus or green beans. I’ve been picking broccolini on local farms for years, and it’s a great addition to any table!

Although it looks like broccoli rabe or even rapini, it’s not. Broccoli rabe and rapini are actually from a completely different family! 

Equipment

To make this air fryer broccolini with parmesan, you really only need a couple of tools you probably already have on hand. 

ingredients to make broccolini in the air fryer.

Ingredients

  • Fresh broccolini: Head to your local farmers market to find fresh broccolini. Wash and dry it before air frying.
  • Olive oil: You need a little oil to attach the seasonings to the broccolini stalks. You can also use an olive oil spray bottle.
  • Kosher salt: Stick with large flake kosher salt or sea salt to avoid making this dish too salty.
  •  Black pepper: Broccolini tastes amazing with pepper! I like to add just a sprinkle, but you can add more if you like.
  • Garlic powder: Add a little garlic flavor with garlic powder or substitute minced fresh garlic.
  • Lemon juice: Serve this perfect side dish with lemon wedges for a nice bright flavor.
  • Parmesan cheese: For the finishing touch, sprinkle shaved parmesan over your dish.

How to Make Broccolini in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss your broccolini in the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  3. Distribute the seasoned broccolini in your air fryer basket in a single layer.
  4. Air fry for 5-7 minutes or until slightly tender. Thicker stalks will need longer.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.
step by step instructions for cooking baby broccoli in the air fryer.

Storing Air Fryer Broccolini

Store leftover airfryer broccolini in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, microwave for 1-2 minutes or pop in the air fryer at 350 for another 3-4 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

This is really the best broccolini recipe because it’s so fast, flavorful, and versatile! It tastes just as great with a steak as it does with pasta dishes. Try pairing your broccolini with these recipes or your favorite main dish!

  • Iberico secreto recipe 
  • Grilled steak
  • Lasagna
  • Spaghetti
  • Air fryer salmon
  • Pad see ew
  • Teriyaki beef or chicken
  • Marinated beef bowls

Basically, you can use broccolini anytime you want to use broccoli, and it makes a really nice alternative to green beans, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus.

hand squeezing lemon juice onto air fryer roasted broccolini.

Tips & Variations

  • Wash and dry your broccolini completely before cooking. Use a kitchen towel or paper towels.
  • If your broccolini has thick stalks, it will need to cook longer. Remove the thinner stalks while you wait.
  • For a little heat, sprinkle some red chili flakes over the broccolini before air frying.
  • You can use this same method to make air fryer broccoli or air fryer baby broccolii!
  • Instead of air frying, feel free to roast your broccolini in the oven, steam it in a saucepan, or grill it!
  • Take this recipe to the next level by adding some lemon zest at the end. So good!
closeup view of air fryer broccolini florets.

FAQs

Can you air fry broccolini?

Yes! In fact, air frying broccolini helps cook the thin stalks quickly while preserving the bright green color and fresh flavor. You only need to air fry it for about 5-6 minutes at 400, so it’s really fast!

How long to air fry broccolini?

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, then air fry your broccolini for 5-7 minutes.

Do you trim broccolini before cooking?

Depending on how fresh your broccolini is, you may or may not need to trim it. Freshly picked broccolini doesn’t need to be trimmed. If you noticed the ends of your broccolini looking a little dry, it’s worth trimming off the ends to get the best texture.

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white dish with broccolini cooked in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Broccolini Recipe

Done in less than 10 minutes, this easy air fryer broccolini recipe is the perfect nutritious side dish for busy weeknights!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, Side Dish, sides
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 79 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch fresh broccolini, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 TBS olive oil, or more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBS shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 TBS lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Toss your broccolini in the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • Distribute the seasoned broccolini in your air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 5-7 minutes or until slightly tender. Thicker stalks will need longer.
  • Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

Notes

Adjust the seasonings as you like! You don’t really need to measure for a recipe like this. Just add a nice drizzle of oil, sprinkle with spices, and toss. 
Store leftover air fryer broccolini in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, microwave for 1-2 minutes or pop in the air fryer at 350 for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Wash and dry your broccolini completely before cooking. Use a kitchen towel or paper towels.
  • If your broccolini has thick stalks, it will need to cook longer. Remove the thinner stalks while you wait.
  • For a little heat, sprinkle some red chili flakes over the broccolini before air frying.
  • You can use this same method to make air fryer broccolini!
  • Instead of air frying, feel free to roast your broccolini in the oven, steam it in a saucepan, or grill it!
  • Take this recipe to the next level by adding some lemon zest at the end. So good!

Nutrition

Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 650mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1523IUVitamin C: 79mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mg
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