Air Fryer Cauliflower + Video

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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!

air fryer cauliflower on a serving board with dipping sauces

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

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Air Fryer Cauliflower

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 for cauliflower in the air fryer!

Can’t get enough? Check out our Crispy Cauliflower Cheese Bites for some more cauliflower goodness!!

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.

cutting cauliflower florets

Cauliflower Air Fryer 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 they 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 for this cauliflower air fryer recipe!
  • Feeding a crowd? It’s fine to air fry cauliflower in batches when feeding a larger group. It 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.
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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.

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Cauliflower In The Air Fryer FAQs ‌

Can you air fry cauliflower using 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.

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:

Honey Mustard
Light Blue Cheese Dip
Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce
Beer Cheese Fondue
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce


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Air Fryer Cauliflower + Video

Donna Elick
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!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 4


  • 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


  • Preheat air fryer to 300°F for 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the cauliflower florets into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Tossing the cauliflower to coat evenly. You can use spoons or clean hands.
  • Add the cauliflower into the preheated air fryer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes. Halfway through, slide the drawer out and shake up cauliflower. Then slide the drawer back in.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

You can also season with garlic powder, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, etc.
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.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 70cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 300mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2020, updated and republished January 2023

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  1. 5 stars
    Air fryers are the best invention ever, and I never run out of things to make in it with your recipes. 10/10 this was awesome!

  2. I haven’t tried this yet. Is 300° the correct temperature? Most air fryer recipes I’ve seen are 400°.

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