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Crispy cauliflower and broccoli on a plate with red sauce.

Air Fryer Broccoli & Cauliflower Parmesan

  • Author: Caitlin Rule
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American


This quick and easy crispy air fryer broccoli and cauliflower with parmesan is a super flavourful side dish ready in 15 minutes. Perfectly seasoned, tender roasted and crisp on the inside.


  • 1 medium head broccoli, cut into medium florets
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra olive oil/ oil spray 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water*
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Toss the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a bowl with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Use wet hands to rub the seasonings in. 
  2. Add the veggies to an air fryer basket lined with baking paper. Air fry at 160°C/320°F for 15 minutes, checking, shaking the basket every 3 – 4 minutes – this is necessary so everything cooks evenly. Remove broccoli florets earlier if they start to burn*.
  3. Remove from the air fryer, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese on top and squeeze with lemon juice.
  4. Return to the air fryer and cook for a further 2 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • Fridge: allow the broccoli and cauliflower to cool and then transfer any leftovers to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: While I love eating roasted veggies cold the next day, you can reheat them in the air fryer for a couple minutes or in the microwave (though they won’t be crisp).

Keywords: air fryer, broccoli, cauliflower, parmesan