Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Air Fryer Cauliflower + Video

Air fryer cauliflower is the perfect healthy snack or side dish. Keep it simple with salt and pepper or get creative with a variety of spices!

I love knowing that I can prepare healthy vegetables like cauliflower in the air fryer. It’s such a versatile small appliance!

Enjoy the same tender and crispy texture in a fraction of the time as roasting it in the oven. Plus, you hardly need any oil!

You can also use this cream-colored veggie to make a healthier version of rice or mashed potatoes. Or, include it in this quick and easy sausage dinner.

Looking for more air fryer recipes? You’ll find plenty of options to choose from, whether you toss in a bag of your frozen favorites or prepare an entire meal from scratch.

Air Fryer Cauliflower on a serving board with sauces

Air Fryer Cauliflower - Tips and Tricks

  • Rinse well. Run the vegetable under cool water, then shake out the excess liquid. Or, rinse the florets in a colander after they’ve been cut. Either way, be sure to pat the vegetable dry before coating it in oil.
  • Give it a shake! Halfway through the cooking time, slide out the basket and toss the florets so the crisp evenly on all sides.
  • Add extra seasoning. Sprinkle in some garlic powder or swap the regular salt for garlic salt instead. For a little heat, try some red pepper flakes. You could even use your favorite ranch or taco seasoning!
  • Feeding a crowd? The recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your basket. Since overcrowding means your air fried cauliflower won’t cook as well, you may need to work in batches.

air fried cauliflower ingredients

Video‌: Cauliflower In The Air Fryer

To‌ ‌see‌ ‌us‌ ‌make‌ ‌this‌ ‌from‌ ‌start‌ ‌to‌ ‌finish,‌ ‌watch‌ ‌the‌ ‌video‌ ‌above.‌ ‌

How To Cut Cauliflower Florets

You’ll get better results by cutting the full head into smaller pieces so there’s plenty of circulation around the vegetable.

Start by removing the outer leaves, then separate larger pieces from the stem with a sharp knife.

Once that’s done, cut the pieces into smaller florets. Slice off any stem pieces as needed.

how to cut cauliflower florets

Kitchen‌ ‌Tools‌ ‌You‌ ‌Will‌ ‌Need‌

  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Mixing Bowl - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.

FAQ‌ ‌-‌ ‌Common‌ ‌Recipe‌ ‌Questions‌ ‌

Can you make this recipe with frozen cauliflower?

Yes, but you’ll get better results if you don’t thaw it first. Simply follow the recipe as directed for crispy, golden bites.

cauliflower in air fryer prepped

What goes with air fried cauliflower?

Because this vegetable is so versatile, it can be served with all kinds of dishes! I love pairing it with my smoked meatloaf or a crockpot chuck roast for Sunday dinner.

It’s delicious as a snack as well. Dipping vegetables always makes them more fun to eat, so try air fryer cauliflower with any one of these tasty sauces:

cauliflower in air fryer cooked


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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Cauliflower

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Air fryer cauliflower is the perfect healthy snack or side dish. Keep it simple with salt and pepper or get creative with a variety of spices!
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 12 Min


  • 1 1/4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Optional: fresh chopped flat leaf parsley for serving


  1. Preheat air fryer to 300°F for 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the cauliflower florets into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Tossing the cauliflower to coat evenly. You can use spoons or clean hands.
  4. Add the cauliflower into the preheated air fryer.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes. Halfway through, slide the drawer out and shake up cauliflower. Then slide the drawer back in.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
  1. You can also season with garlic powder, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, etc.
  2. The recipe can be doubled or tripled based on the size of your air fryer. You don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer or the air can not circulate around the cauliflower.

Air Fryer Cauliflower closeup

Originally published August 2020, updated and republished November 2021


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