Out of time but want to eat healthily? Try air fryer frozen broccoli cauliflower!!


It’s time for another Air Fryer recipe, and this one is great for the non-dinner eater among us. I love broccoli and cauliflower but don’t always feel like cooking an entire meal for myself. It’s hard for a single vegan to cook for just one! That’s why I love these Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli Cauliflower.

Frozen broccoli and cauliflower are something that most people have in their freezer. You can use frozen broccoli or cauliflower any time of the year. After I posted my Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans recipe on my website, one of my friends asked me whether we could make frozen broccoli or cauliflower florets in the air fryer.

So here I’m going to show you how to cook frozen broccoli and cauliflower together in the air fryer! This simple, delicious recipe is an easy and quick way to have some vitamins and nutrients using little time or effort.

Also check Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli, Air Fryer Plantains, and Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables.

Close up Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli Cauliflower

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Eat More Vegetables!!

I get tired of hearing people talk about how they don’t like vegetables, don’t know what to do with them, or somehow there aren’t enough vegetables in their diet. Frankly, this is one of the reasons I started this blog.

Vegetables are healthy, and there are many ways to prepare them. If a person wants to add more veggies to their diet but has a hard time getting used to it, then I say start small and work your way up. 

Broccoli or cauliflower is great for someone looking to add more vegetables to their diet. Rich in fiber, low in fat and calories, broccoli and cauliflower are two of nature’s healthiest vegetables. They’re good sources of vitamins C and K, as well as folate, potassium, zeaxanthin, and lutein.

These vegetables can be eaten by themselves as a snack, on top of pizza, or even used in main dishes. Frozen vegetables also make it easy to add more vegetables to your meals which is why they make a perfect base for cauliflower rice or broccoli rice pilafs.

Cauliflower and broccoli can be prepared in the air fryer, which makes it fast and convenient to add them into your diet in an effortless manner.

frozen broccoli and cauliflower in a blue bowl on white background

How To Make Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli Cauliflower?

Making a healthy version of this classic dish is much easier than it sounds. An air fryer, broccoli, cauliflower, and a few more ingredients will give you a delicious side dish that the whole family will love. 


  • Broccoli florets – see How To Freeze Broccoli or purchase storebought. 
  • Cauliflower florets – check out How To Freeze Cauliflower or use storebought frozen cauliflower.
  • Avocado oil – or your favorite oil, whether grapeseed, olive. 
  • Garlic powder and Onion powder – add all the flavor you will need. 
  • Salt – I used Himalayan salt but you can use regular seas salt or Kosher salt.


  1. Wash broccoli and cauliflower florets and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Toss the florets in olive oil to coat.
  3. Add garlic powder and salt, toss to coat the florets.
  4. Place the florets in an air fryer basket or tray in a single layer. You might have to work in batches.
  5. Place the basket in the air fryer and cook at 380° for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove veggies from the air fryer and serve hot with ranch or any of your favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli Cauliflower on air fryer tray


I love my Air Fryer, but I find that when I put frozen vegetables in there, they may come out looking crap, soggy and mushy. I can only imagine how bad they would be if I didn’t have this handy little trick!

Simply place a paper towel on top of the frozen veggies in the basket before you begin frying them. This will help get all of that extra moisture out of the broccoli, cauliflower, and other veggies so that they don’t end up soggy and brown.

Just make sure you use a paper towel that is 100% cotton. Those towels tend to work better than any other type of towel.

Pairing Dishes Ideas 

This is a perfect and quick side dish that goes well with your favorite dinner dishes like:

And with whatnot!

Leftover Storage Suggestions

If you have leftovers from this air fryer vegetable dish, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator for up to a week and for up to a month in the freezer.

Airtight containers are great for storing food in the refrigerator or freezer. To keep frozen food fresher longer, I recommend that you freeze it in a freezer-safe container or bag.

To maintain the crispness of the food, enjoy them reheated in an air fryer.

Variations And Substitutions

  • You can also use fresh broccoli and cauliflower in this recipe.
  • You can substitute carrots for the cauliflower if you like or add some celery for extra crunch.
  • You can also use other vegetables to air fry in the same manner. Adjust the cooking time according to the vegetables you are going to use.
  • You can spice up the veggies by adding a pinch of pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, or paprika.
  • After roasting, if you like, squeeze a lemon or sprinkle parmesan cheese before serving.

It’s all about experimenting to find what works best in your taste buds.

Recipe Notes

  • No need to thaw the broccoli and cauliflower first! Just pop it right in the air fryer.
  • Don’t cram too many vegetables into the air fryer basket. The vegetables will get mushy and less crispy if you overfill the basket.
  • Not all air fryers work the same. They are available in a wide range of sizes and types. You may need to change the cooking times and temperatures as required.


Give this a shot. It’s incredibly delicious and super easy. I hope it makes your life easier too!

As always, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave feedback or share your experience with us in the comments section below.

Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli Cauliflower in wooden bowl on white background

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(Per serving)
  • Energy: 34 kcal / 142 kJ
  • Fat: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Carbs: 6.1 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • For: 4 Servings



  1. Wash broccoli and cauliflower florets and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Toss the florets in olive oil to coat.
  3. Add garlic powder, onion powder and salt, toss to coat the florets.
  4. Place the florets in an air fryer basket or tray in a single layer. You might have to work in batches
  5. Place the basket in the air fryer and cook at 380° for 10 minutes.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.