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Air fried broccoli sprinkled with sesame seeds served on a white plate with a rustic fork

Easy Air Fryer Broccoli {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

  • Author: Michelle Cehn | World of Vegan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Ready to learn the easiest way to cook fresh broccoli? Enter: the air fryer! With just five simple ingredients and 15 minutes of cook time, this crispy vegan air fryer broccoli recipe will have you eating your veggies and possibly even licking the plate clean. It’s that good.


  • 10 oz of fresh broccoli florets (if you have extra broccoli stalks, slice them up and add them in—they’re edible and delicious too!) 
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil 
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes 
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt 
  • A sprinkle of sesame seeds for topping (optional)


  1. In a large bowl add the fresh broccoli florets (and sliced stalks if you have them), toasted sesame oil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt. Using your hands, mix thoroughly until evenly coated with the oil and spices. 
  2. Place broccoli into your air fryer basket and arrange in a single layer. 
  3. Air fry for 6 minutes at 400 degrees F. Remove basket, check broccoli, and continue in 2 minute increments until you have perfectly broccoli. Adjust timing according to how crispy you like your broccoli!
  4. Remove from air fryer, sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desired), and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, veggies, broccoli, air fryer, crispy, snack