Neuroinflammation is now widely accepted as an important pathophysiological mechanism in neurodegenerative disorders, thus providing a critical target for novel compounds. In this study, 3-O-[(E)-(2-oxo-4-(p-tolyl)but-3-en-1-yl] kaempferol (OTBK) prevented the production of pro-inflammatory mediators TNFα, IL-6, PGE 2 and nitrite from BV-2 microglia activated with LPS and IFNγ. These effects were accompanied by reduction in the levels of pro-inflammatory proteins COX-2 and iNOS. Involvement of NF-κB in the anti-inflammatory activity of OTBK was evaluated in experiments showing that the compound prevented phosphorylation, nuclear accumulation and DNA binding of p65 sub-unit induced by stimulation of BV-2 microglia with LPS and IFNγ. Exposure of mouse hippocampal HT22 neurons to conditioned media from LPS + IFNγ-stimulated BV-2 cells resulted in reduced cell viability and generation of cellular reactive oxygen species. Interestingly, conditioned media from LPS/IFNγ–stimulated BV-2 cells which were treated with OTBK did not induce neuronal damage or oxidative stress. OTBK was shown to increase protein levels of phospho-AMPKα, Nrf2 and HO-1 in BV-2 microglia. It was further revealed that OTBK treatment increased Nrf2 DNA binding in BV-2 microglia. The actions of the compound on AMPKα and Nrf2 were shown to contribute to its anti-inflammatory activity as demonstrated by diminished activity in the presence of the AMPK antagonist dorsomorphin and Nrf2 inhibitor trigonelline. These results suggest that OTBK inhibits neuroinflammation through mechanisms that may involve activation of AMPKα and Nrf2 in BV-2 microglia.