Recipe- Air Fried Broccoli Stems with Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce

I stumbled across the idea to save the broccoli stems while perusing Instagram one day. I thought it was so genius! When I went back to try and find the recipe, I couldn’t locate it anywhere. I searched, but I couldn’t find a recipe I liked. This end result is my own concoction! Save those broccoli stems, especially after you make my delicious broccoli salad. While I had found an idea for “broccoli stem fries,” after making this a few times, I found it easier to eat as broccoli bites. After all, they are the stems of broccoli and can be a bit chewy. Chop them into bites that you can pop in your mouth, and you’ll enjoy even more. You can serve with whatever sauce you want, but I really enjoyed this Sriracha mayo dipping sauce.

Ingredients (Broccoli Bites):

About 2 cups broccoli stems, cut into bite sized pieces

1 cup flour (you can use any flour, but I liked chickpea flour because it was lighter and also gluten free!)

1 cup non-dairy milk

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

A few dashes black pepper

For the Sriracha mayo dipping sauce:

3 tablespoons vegan mayo

1 tablespoon sriracha

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 clove of garlic


Put your flour, milk, and panko into three separate bowls. Pour your spices for the broccoli stems into the panko bowl.

Stir the spices until completely mixed throughout the panko.

Dust your broccoli stem in flour first.

Then dip in the milk.

Then dip back into the flour.

Dip into milk once more.

Finally, dip in panko, making sure to cover generously.

Place into your air fryer. Repeat the dredging for all the pieces.

Air fry at 400F for 10 minutes, shaking the basket once while cooking.

While broccoli stems are cooking, make your dipping sauce.


Whisk together all ingredients for dipping sauce.

Serve alongside broccoli stems for a delicious appetizer.

Author: thevegtablevegan

Becoming vegan has been a life changing experience for me. Cutting back on animal products gives us the ability to change the world in so many ways. I started this blog to have all of my favorite recipes handy when someone asks, "What do you eat?" I am by no means a professional photographer, but I always enjoy visually seeing a recipe, so I do like to include pictures. I'm a busy, stay at home mommy, but try to find the time to add new recipes. I hope to offer delicious and easy plant-based recipes for those who are having trouble transitioning, already vegan, or simply want to incorporate a few vegan meals here and there. 🙂

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