Gina DeSimone
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Believe it or not, your air fryer has more than one superpower. In addition to delivering crispiness without loads of fat, it also delivers crunchy roasted broccoli that doesn’t turn that oh-so-unappealing army green color. And what’s broccoli without cheese sauce? This creamy delight is easy to make ahead—just reheat it right before serving. If you can’t find ají amarillo paste at your local store, get it on Amazon, or if you like, stir in harissa or a spicy salsa instead.

For a complete meal, pair this side with our recipe for air fryer roasted salmon with fennel salad, pictured.

How to Make It

Step 1

Coat broccoli florets well with cooking spray. Place half of the broccoli in air fryer basket, and cook at 375°F until tender-crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Repeat with remaining broccoli.

Step 2

Meanwhile, place evaporated milk, queso fresco, ají amarillo paste, and saltines in a blender; process until smooth, about 45 seconds. Pour sauce into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH until warm, about 30 seconds. Serve cheese sauce with broccoli.

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