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Air-Fryer Pecorino-Dusted Broccoli

Points® value
Total Time
15 min
5 min
10 min
If you haven’t tried cooking broccoli in an air fryer before, you’re in for a real treat. The florets come out with a wonderful crisp-tender texture and irresistible frizzled edges. A little grated cheese goes on at the beginning so that it cooks into the broccoli, and the rest goes on at the end, along with a little lemon zest, for a pungent finishing touch. If your fryer has a capacity of fewer than 2 quarts, you’ll need to cook the broccoli in batches.



12 oz, florets (about 6 cups)

Olive oil

1½ tbsp(s)

Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

¼ cup(s), divided

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s), (optional)

Kosher salt

1 pinch(es)

Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Lemon zest

1 tsp(s)


  1. Place broccoli in a large bowl. Drizzle broccoli with oil, and sprinkle with 2 tbsp cheese, red pepper, if desired, and salt. Toss well to coat.
  2. Preheat air fryer, if necessary, to 375°F. Coat air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Pour broccoli mixture into basket. Air-fry at 375°F for 5 minutes. Shake basket to redistribute broccoli. Air-fry until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 2 tbsp cheese and lemon zest. Arrange broccoli on a platter or in a bowl; sprinkle with cheese mixture.
  4. Serving size: ¾ cup