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Bright green air fryer roasted broccoli in black bowl
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Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli

Fresh broccoli air fried to tender with lightly crisp edges, Like oven roasted but way less time. Simple, healthy popular side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer roasted broccoli, air fryer recipes, roasted broccoli, air fryer side dishes
Servings: 4


  • Air fryer


Roasted Broccoli

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli cut to florets (use stems too if you like)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk 2% used
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated recommended
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


Roasted Broccoli

  • Trim the broccoli, cut into florets then drizzle with olive oil turning to coat. Season with salt.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375° then add the broccoli to the air fryer basket. Cook 7-8 minutes or until tender with crispy edges, pausing to give the basket a good shake halfway through cooking. 

Cheese Sauce

  • Grate the cheese then set aside. 
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then sprinkle the flour over the top. Whisk until combined and smooth.
  • Pour in the milk and salt, whisking constantly until the milk and flour mixture are combined. Increase the heat, bring to a full boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove the pan from the heat then add the cheese gently stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is silky. Taste and adjust for salt then spoon over the broccoli and eat right away.