Garlic Butter Broccoli

Garlic butter broccoli is an easy vegetable side dish with simple ingredients. You can roast the broccoli in the oven or use your air fryer – both methods work great! To make this recipe, you need only five ingredients and a few minutes of prep time.

garlic butter broccoli.

Garlic butter broccoli is perfect for any season, whether you’re hosting a holiday meal or need a delicious side dish for weeknight dinners. It’s fast, it’s easy, and – hello! – it has butter. Not tons of butter, mind you. There’s just enough to give the broccoli a little step up in the flavor department, so even the pickiest of eaters will love it.

ingredients for the recipe.

Five ingredients and ten minutes of prep time get you a side dish that goes with all the things! Once you try it, you might find yourself making it again and again. It’s so easy and good.

broccoli florets in an air fryer basket.

How to Make It

And you can choose your own adventure in how you cook it. If you have an air fryer, it cooks in a flash. If not, the oven works its magic, too, turning the bitter little green trees into caramelized deliciousness. It just takes a little bit longer.

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Garlic Butter Broccoli

cooked garlic butter broccoli.

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A simple butter garlic sauce takes broccoli to a whole level! This quick and easy side dish recipe is great for weeknight meals or holiday dinners. You can cook the broccoli in the oven or the air fryer (I’ve included those instructions in the notes section).

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven or Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound broccoli florets


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix the melted butter, garlic, salt, and onion powder in a large bowl. Add the florets and toss to coat them in the butter mixture.
  3. Spread the florets on a sheet pan. Bake them for 20 minutes or until they are tender and caramelized around the edges.


Air Fryer Instructions: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Line the basket with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Place the florets in a single layer in the basket and cook them for seven to 10 minutes or until they are tender and caramelized around the edges. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.


  • Calories: 144
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 206.7mg
  • Fat: 11.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.


This is a great, basic recipe that you can change up easily. Here are some ideas!

  • Lemon: Whisk some lemon juice or lemon zest into the garlic butter mixture to add a pop of brightness.
  • Cheese: Sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the broccoli before or after you cook it.
  • Herbs: Garnish the cooked broccoli with some chopped parsley, chives, or cilantro before serving it.

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garlic butter being poured over the florets.

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips

If you want to make this recipe for meal prep, I recommend reducing the cooking time by several minutes. That way, when you warm it up in the microwave, it won’t end up too soft and overcooked.

You can store it in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight container.

cooked garlic butter broccoli.

Here’s to side dishes making life easier! I hope you try this garlic butter broccoli – I think you’ll love it 🖤

Happy cooking,


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