Kung Pao Air Fryer Broccoli {gluten-free, vegan}

Kung pao Air fryer broccoli

Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by Kayla

Looking for a quick and flavorful side dish? This air fryer broccoli recipe is DYNAMITE! Super simple, healthy, and delish. And did I mention it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish?

This combo {pictured below} is my FAVORITE for seasoning roasting vegetables. It is an excellent marinade for green beans, mushrooms, or cabbage.

Kung Pao Broccoli ingredients

Minced ginger^ is something I discovered several years ago, and it quickly became one of my favorite kitchen staples. It’s similar to jarred minced garlic and gives the fresh flavor and slight bite of ginger minus the pain of grating actual fresh ginger root.

If you’re not familiar with liquid aminos, this recipe can be made with low-sodium soy sauce instead. Liquid aminos^ and soy sauce have a similar flavor profile, so they’re easily interchangeable.

Keep in mind that standard soy sauce contains gluten, so if you are looking to keep the recipe gluten-free, be sure to opt for liquid aminos.

P. S. Be sure to grab toasted sesame oil^. It’s a difference-maker!

P. P. S. This recipe can be adapted if you don’t have an air fryer. To roast in the oven, preheat to 400F and bake for 20-30 minutes.

To make a complete meal, pair this air fryer broccoli recipe with roasted sesame marinated tofu which uses many of the same ingredients. This combination is a flavorful, plant-based meal the whole will enjoy!

Yours truly,

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Air Fryer Kung Pao Broccoli

Air Fryer Kung Pao Broccoli {gluten-free, vegan}

Tired of plain 'ol steamed broccoli? This air fryer broccoli recipe is spicy, packed with flavor, and will have the whole family begging for seconds!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 80 kcal


  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes


  • Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  • Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces; add to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, liquid aminos, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Pour over broccoli; mix until evenly coated.
  • Add broccoli to air fryer and cook for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

80 calories, 4g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 4g protein

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