Air Fryer cauliflower are incredibly crispy and well browned on the outside, perfectly cooked through and tender on the inside, and ready in less than 15 minutes! They are great as a side dish by themselves or to pair with a favorite dipping sauce.
I’m kinda convinced the Air Fryer is a magical transformation vessel that takes regular vegetables and makes them spectacular.
And this coming from someone who adores vegetables of all kinds and all preparations. Total veggie lover, through and through. Can’t get enough.
But, I’m starting to realize that Air Fryer vegetables are a whole other realm of tasty when it comes to vegetables.
Today, it’s Air Fryer cauliflower and this is going to be your new favorite way to eat this vegetable.
Cauliflower has long been a favorite of mine.
But it can be so much better - and easier.
Air Fryer cauliflower gives you all the nutty, savory, delicious notes of a roasted version, but with even more crunchy bites.
They are tender on the inside, seasoned through, and browned and crispy on the outsides.
Seriously addictive combo.
I’m not kidding, I can eat the entire batch of these florets (meaning, an entire head of cauliflower) when I make it in the Air Fryer. Can and have.
They are just so scrumptious! (So are these Air Fryer broccoli if you are a broccoli lover like me.)
And I love that it’s so fast to make them in the Air Fryer and hardly uses any oil. It’s a much more consistent and even cooking method than oven roasted, in my opinion.
Nom nom nom.
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OK, let’s get cooking.
Now, I’ve got some notes and tips coming up below on how to make Air Fryer cauliflower. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
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Notes on making Air Fryer cauliflower:
- Cut your cauliflower into bite size pieces. Huge florets take longer to cook through, have less surface area to get crispy and are harder to eat. Bite size is the way to go.
- I spray the button of my Air Fryer basket with cooking spray to make sure these don’t stick.
- Shaking the tray about halfway through the cook time helps ensure even cooking and crisping.
- Regular paprika is what I use, but you could substitute smoked paprika if you’d like.
- Make sure to do an even layer of cauliflower (none stacked on top of each other) so they all get cooked and crispy around the edges.
If your Air Fryer is on the smaller side, you may need to work in batches. If so, just add all the cooked cauliflower at the end, even if they’re stacked, for an additional minute of cook time to warm them through and have them ready to serve.
Also, because I know this is your main question…
How long do you cook cauliflower in an Air Fryer?
- Bite-size florets of cauliflower will cook in the Air Fryer in 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Shake the tray halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking and crisping.
And in case you are in the market for an Air Fryer, I highly recommend both of mine.
Yes, I have two. Don’t judge.
I got the first one as a gift for Christmas two years ago and it’s been fabulous, but it’s on the small size. (Would be great for singles or couples.)
So this past year, I bought myself a bigger one for Christmas. 😂 I got this model (it’s usually on sale, which is nice) and I’ve loved it. It’s a better fit for families with children, or just if you’re cooking for bigger groups.
Now, as mentioned, I will happily devour these crispy cauliflower bites as is.
However, you could certainly add a dipping sauce or a sauce to drizzle over the cauliflower when serving.
Here are a few ideas, though feel free to get creative.
Dipping sauces for Air Fryer cauliflower:
- Ranch dressing
- Honey mustard
- BBQ sauce
- Tahini sauce
- Creamy pesto dip
- Green goddess dressing
And on days when I don’t eat the entire batch before we sit down to dinner, these make a great veggie side dish.
You could also incorporate them into a main meal. (I’ve got a cauliflower tacos recipe coming up soon that you’re going to love!)
Or, if you need to round out your meal, you can serve these with some roasted salmon or skillet or baked pork chops. Garlic butter pork chops with lemon and Ranch seasoned pork chops are both simple and delicious.
Even just some grilled or baked chicken breasts would be good here.
I really hope you try these, whether you’re a longtime cauliflower lover or trying to become one. These will make a convert out of you.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
- 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 (if yours requires preheating).
- Toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder to coat evenly.
- Spray the Air Fryer tray with cooking spray then add the cauliflower in an even layer. Cook at 400 for 12-15 minutes, pausing to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time to help the cauliflower cook evenly. (Check for doneness at 12 minutes to avoid burning them. Add an additional 1-3 minutes as needed.)
- Serve hot.
Cauliflower: Cut your cauliflower into bite size pieces. Huge florets take longer to cook through, have less surface area to get crispy and are harder to eat. Bite size is the way to go.
Paprika: Regular paprika is what I use, but you could substitute smoked paprika if you’d like.
Air Fryer: If your Air Fryer is on the smaller side, you may need to work in batches to keep these in an even layer so they get nice and crispy. If so, just add all the cooked cauliflower at the end, even if they’re stacked, for an additional minute of cook time to warm them through and have them ready to serve.
Dipping sauces: Ranch dressing, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, tahini sauce, creamy pesto dip, green goddess dressing, etc.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 287mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g