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Easy Keto Broccoli w/ Garlic & Parmesan (Air Fryer)

Are you in love with your air fryer? I am, and when I made this Easy Keto Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan in the air fryer, my family went nuts for it. It’s not a tricky recipe, but it is a delicious one, and I’ll share with you all my chef tips and tricks to make this keto broccoli recipe fabulous every time!

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I’m not a big broccoli fan, but let me tell you, this super easy, super quick and super delicious side dish is my NEW favorite way to make it, and I bet you’ll love it too!

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What You Need to Make Keto Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan

Ingredients to Make Keto Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan

  • Broccoli – just florets or whole broccoli with stems. I’ll tell you how to use both later on.
  • Olive oil – or your favorite cooking oil
  • Garlic – fresh is best!
  • Parmesan cheese – grating your own is best, but use whatever you’ve got on hand
  • Butter – salted or unsalted is fine

A Word On Air Fryers

Not all air fryers are the same. I made this dish in a Cuisinart oven-style air fryer, but basket versions should work as well. Please follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cooking times, and adjust the temperature if your device cooks hotter than normal.

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Keto Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan

How To Make This Keto Broccoli Recipe

  1. Wash the broccoli under cold running water and shake it dry.
  2. Cut the broccoli into chunks – not too small or it could overcook. Think 2-3 bites per piece – that size.
  3. Mince 3-4 big cloves of garlic. You want to end up with about 3 tbsp of chopped garlic. More isn’t a bad thing, but don’t go overboard. You can use a garlic-press to mince the garlic or chop it by hand with your chef’s knife.
  4. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the olive oil. Toss in the garlic and cook it. Alternatively, you could melt the butter in the microwave and cook the garlic in the butter for a minute in the microwave.
  5. Toss the broccoli with the oil/butter and garlic mixture.
  6. Cook in the air fryer, then toss with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Frozen broccoli won’t work well – it’s just too watery. Use fresh broccoli for this dish.
  • Like it spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the garlic mixture before tossing with the broccoli.
  • Don’t overcook the broccoli – mushy broccoli is nasty.
  • If you’re using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt when tossing the broccoli with the butter/garlic
  • Use a good quality Parmesan cheese – it’ll make all the difference!
  • Toss the broccoli about halfway through the cooking time. Let some of the tips get golden brown – it’s delicious!

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Keto Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan

Quick and easy to make, this keto Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan is filled with incredible flavor, making it the ideal side dish to any meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword air fryer, broccoli, keto side dish, keto vegetable recipes, keto vegetables, parmesan, sides, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 216kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated


  • Clean and prepare the broccoli by cutting it into chunks. Don’t cut it too small or it’ll overcook. Keep the chunks bigger, so that you’d need to cut them to eat them. If you have broccoli stem, cut it into bite-size pieces.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the oil and the garlic. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until the garlic starts smelling GREAT.
  • Toss the broccoli with the garlic, oil and butter mixture. Toss well so it’s all coated.
  • Add the broccoli to the air fryer and cook at 350-F for about 5-8 minutes, then toss the broccoli and cook an additional 5 minutes until the broccoli is tender crisp.
  • Sprinkle the broccoli with the Parmesan cheese and enjoy!


Please check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your individual air fryer for cooking times and temperatures. My times and temps may need to be adjusted for your particular air fryer.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 869IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbohydrates: 5g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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about jenn

Hi, I’m Jenn!

I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

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