Air Fryer Cauliflower

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Air Fryer Cauliflower is so easy and crispy. It is fun to dress it up with spices and sauces for a snack or side dish at dinner.

air fried cauliflower on blue plate

Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

Cauliflower has to be about the easiest vegetable to air fry. Its firm texture can take the heat and get crispy but you really have to over cook it to turn it to mush.

First, cut the cauliflower into even sized pieces This will allow them to cook at the same rate and fry evenly. I like to use pieces that are 1-2 bites when you eat them.

You don’t need to cut the stem parts off. It all fries up nice and crispy, no need for it to go to waste.

Second, drizzle or spray your vegetables with oil before putting them in the air fryer. Toss them with your salt and pepper or other desired seasoning. Be sure to have a single layer and allow for good air circulation on all sides.

Third, the best-tasting air fried cauliflower will be evenly browned with a crunchy exterior.

raw cauliflower in air fryer

How to Air fry Cauliflower

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Place the cauliflower in a bowl and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, toss again to coat.
  2. Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the basket or directly on the rack. Fry the cauliflower for 8-10 minutes. If you are using a basket-style air fryer toss the basket at about 5 minutes for even cooking. The pieces should be slightly crisp on the outsides when done.
cooked cauliflower in the air fryer basket

How Long to Cook Cauliflower in Air Fryer

Cooking time in an air fryer always depends on the size, quantity, and spacing of your items.

Bite-sized cauliflower works best, spread into just one layer and allow for enough airflow around the pieces. Doing this will give you a cook time of about 8-10 minutes.

I use the COSORI Air Fryer pictured in these posts. I’m partial to a square basket air fryer as I find it easier to fit more food into the basket. This is a 5.8QT air fryer, one of the largest machines I’ve found that works effectively.

The machine is a bit retro with simple knob controls. It turns out that I really like the basic settings and ability to set the time and temp like a traditional appliance. I’ve used a few different air fryers with pre-programmed settings and I found I was still tweaking the times.

This machine is surprisingly easy to clean and the two-part basket locks together (it’s literally impossible for it to detach the way some do) until you open the latch and then push the button to release it. I simply wipe down the baskets with a sudsy dish scrub brush or sponge, rinse and let them air dry on the counter.

Crispy cauliflower on blue plate

Recipes with Cauliflower

There are so many great ways to cook cauliflower! Once you’ve mastered air frying, you may want to try grillingroasting or sauteeing your cauliflower.

The air fryer is a quick and easy way to make almost any vegetable. Here are some vegetables to try: onionscabbageasparagusbroccoli, sweet potatoes, and even carrots.

Crispy cauliflower on blue plate

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Air fryer cauliflower is so easy and crispy. It is fun to dress it up with spices and sauces for a snack or side dish at dinner.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ head of cauliflower medium-sized, cut into bite-size pieces about 1 pound florets
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Place the cauliflower in a bowl and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, toss again to coat.
  • Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the basket or directly on the rack. Fry the cauliflower for 8-10 minutes. If you are using a basket-style air fryer toss the basket at about 5 minutes for even cooking. The pieces should be slightly crisp on the outsides when done.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal · Carbohydrates: 4g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 4g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Sodium: 312mg · Potassium: 217mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 1IU · Vitamin C: 35mg · Calcium: 17mg · Iron: 1mg
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