Broccoli and Cheese Casserole (Air Fryer)

by Karly

This BROCCOLI AND CHEESE CASSEROLE is rich, cheesy, and loaded with nutrition broccoli. We top it off with buttery Ritz crackers! It cooks so quickly in the air fryer and tastes so good even the kids will eat their broccoli!

Overhead view of broccoli casserole on a white plate

Okay, like most parents, my kids have their moments when it comes to veggies! I guess I got pretty lucky because both of them will at least try everything and there are a few veggies they eat without complaint.

Neither kid LOVES green vegetables, but they both eat them. Probably because I’m not shy about testing the same veggie on them in 300 different ways. Don’t like it roasted? Let’s try it steamed. Not like that? Let’s covered it in cheese. 😉

That is where this casserole comes in. This is so cheesy, you would have to be a cheese-hater to not like this broccoli!

Another great thing is that this is so fast to make in the air fryer! Way faster than heating up and cooking it in your oven.

There are several ways to make a casserole, but for this recipe we are all about ease and speed so that’s it’s just as enjoyable to cook as it is to eat!

A wooden spoon in a black pot full of broccoli casserole

How to air fry broccoli casserole:

Add your broccoli to a microwave safe bowl with a 1/4 cup of water and microwave for 5 minutes. This should stay covered with plastic wrap during the cooking as well as for 3 minutes you remove from the microwave before proceeding. Easiest way to steam broccoli ever.

Remove the plastic wrap and drain out the water.

Add cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar to the bowl of broccoli and stir to combine.

Spray a 7-inch baking dish with vegetable oil or non-stick spray. We linked our baking dishes that fit the air fryer below…keep on reading!

Pour the broccoli mixture into this pan and spread evenly. Cover it with foil.

Overhead view of broccoli and cheese casserole

Place in the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes.

While that is cooking stir together cracker crumbs and melted butter.

A bunch of crackers broken up in a clear glass bowl

When the broccoli has cooked for 10 minutes, remove the foil and top the casserole with the cracker crumbs.

Cook for 5 minutes to turn that cracker topping golden brown and crunchy.

Top down view of broccoli casserole topped with crackers in an air fryer basket.

Air fryer tips and recommendations:

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Our air fryer is a 6 qt OMORC air fryer. The 7 inch pan mentioned above fits in here perfectly! It is a good size for a family of four. It is also dishwasher safe, which is a critical need in my house! That being said, you can use any air fryer you want, pick one that is sized right for who you will be most regularly serving.

Your air fryer doesn’t like non-stick spray in a can. It can and will damage and discolor your air fryer basket. Instead you should apply your vegetable oil of choice with a pump spray bottle for applying your misting to your air fryer.

Finding a pan to fit in your air fryer is important! We use the round pan from this air fryer accessory kit and it fit great in our air fryer. Any oven safe dish that fits in your air fryer should work well.

Cheesy broccoli casserole on a white plate in front of an air fryer

Recipe tips and notes:

  • YOU CAN MAKE THIS LOW CARB! If you are serving someone on a low carb diet, just leave off the cracker crumb topping. The rest of this recipe is keto friendly.
  • We steam the broccoli in the microwave because it’s quick and easy, but you can steam it on the stove if you prefer.
  • We always use fresh veggies, not frozen. This recipe should work with frozen broccoli but I haven’t tested it. It will certainly have the best texture with fresh broccoli, though.
overhead view of broccoli and cheese casserole on a small white plate

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Broccoli casserole in an air fryer basket
overhead view of cheesy broccoli casserole and a fork on a small white plate.

Air Fryer Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This casserole is rich with cheese and topped with a buttery cracker crust. Making this in the air fryer is so much faster than making it in the oven!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces fresh broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cups crushed Ritz crackers
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Spray a 7 inch round baking dish with non-stick spray. See notes.
  2. Add the broccoli to a large microwave safe bowl along with ¼ cup of water. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes.
  3. Carefully remove the plastic wrap and drain the liquid.
  4. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar to the bowl with the broccoli and stir well to combine.
  5. Pour broccoli mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.
  6. Air fry for 10 minutes. 
  7. Stir together the cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  8. Remove the foil and top the casserole with the cracker crumbs.
  9. Return the pan to the air fryer and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately

Notes

We use the baking dish from this air fryer accessory kit for this recipe.

Skip the Ritz on top to make it low carb diet-friendly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 738mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g

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