how to make broccoli bites in the air fryer
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Air Fried Broccoli Bites

These air fried broccoli bites are such a snap to make and are a kid-friendly favorite.  They are a simple lunch-time bite, a vegetarian nugget substitute or a tasty side dish.  You will love how easy these are to make.

What are the ingredients in Air Fried Broccoli Bites?

  • Broccoli–  The easiest way to prepare the broccoli for these bites is to use frozen broccoli.  You will need about 4 cups of frozen broccoli florets to yield 2 cups of packed, cooked broccoli.  You can easily substitute fresh broccoli if you like you will just need to increase the cooking time accordingly.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese– you want to use shredded cheese for this recipe.  Pre-shredded is easier; however, you can use freshly shredded cheese if you prefer.
  • Shallot– I like shallots for this dish as it does not give an overwhelming onion flavor.  If you can’t find a shallot, you could substitute 3-4 green onions.
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Garlic powder– garlic powder works better than fresh garlic in this dish as the flavor is more evenly distributed throughout the dish and it does not yield any raw garlic flavor.
  • Salt and pepper
Air fried broccoli bites

How do you make Air Fryer Broccoli Bites?

The true beauty of this dish is just how easy it is to make.  It is really almost zero hands on but a recipe that works out great.

  • Begin by cooking the broccoli.  Whether using fresh or frozen broccoli, make sure to fully cook the broccoli until bright green.  Drain well and allow to cool slightly.  Note: the broccoli need not be warm at all for this recipe to work, so feel free to use pre-cooked broccoli or to prepare it earlier in the day.
  • Next, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until well combined.
  • Scoop up in 1.5-2 Tablespoon scoops.  Use your hands to gently roll into balls.  If the mixture sticks to your hands, try wetting them a bit before rolling into the balls.  
  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil spray.  Place the balls in a single layer inside.
  • Pre-heat the air fryer to 375 degrees.  Cook the Broccoli bites for 16-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Serve immediately.  Ranch, honey mustard or cheese sauce all make good dipping choices.

Can these broccoli cheese bites be made in advance?

Yes.  These will keep well in the refrigerator for around 3 days.  Reheat in a microwave or toaster oven.  

air fryer broccoli bites

What to serve with these Air Fryer Broccoli Bites?

Try a pasta:

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how to make broccoli bites in the air fryer

Air Fried Broccoli Bites

These easy air fried broccoli bites will make you forget tots ever existed!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 cups packed cooked broccoli
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mostly smooth.
  • Spray the air fryer basket lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop out balls about 1.5-2 Tablespoons in size. Roll gently with your hands and place in the basket of the air fryer. The mixture should make 20-25 balls.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375. Cook for 16-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.


4 cups of frozen broccoli will yield about 2 cups of cooked, packed broccoli.
Keyword bites, broccoli


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