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Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe is so delicious that even your non veggie loving kids will love this amazing recipe. The air fryer makes it so crispy and the cauliflower is loaded with flavor.

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Veggies just got a lot more exciting thanks to the air fryer! Now you can enjoy crisp and flavorful cauliflower in minutes. Give this a try even if you aren’t a huge cauliflower fan. The air fryer changes the texture and makes this crispy. If you have kiddos or even adults that texture is an issue, try making it this way.

Plus, the seasoning is simple and not overpowering but enough to really jazz up the veggie. It is simply the best! You can enjoy a great recipe while eating keto or low carb. This cauliflower is so delicious! You may even like this Air Fryer Beef Jerky.

If you do love cauliflower, you might like our Grilled Cauliflower Steaks Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

If you are trying to eat healthy and low carb, try this delicious air fryer cauliflower. It is healthy but delicious enough that the entire family will enjoy it.

I love meals that everyone can enjoy. It sure saves times and air fryer cauliflower recipes do not disappoint. If you like roasted cauliflower, you will love cauliflower in the air fryer. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!

Ingredients

Ingredients - head of cauliflower, olive oil, lemon, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper

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Seasoning Ideas

This cauliflower recipe can be made with a variety of seasoning blend. Here are some of our favorites.

How to Make Air Fryer Cauliflower

  • Step 1 – Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your air fryer does not have a preheat option, then run the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes to warm it up. 
  • Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, toss together the cauliflower florets, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. 
Season cauliflower in a bowl
  • Step 3 – Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer.  You may have to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer. 
Air fryer cauliflower in a air fryer basket
  • Step 4 – Air fry at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket every 3-4 minutes, until the cauliflower is browned on the edges. 
Cauliflower in the air fryer basket
  • Step 5 – Remove from the air fryer, serve warm and enjoy! 

Expert Tips

  • Cutting Cauliflower – We like to cut heads of cauliflower into florets and about the same size so it cooks evenly. See How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets for tips.
  • Washing Cauliflower – Before placing your cauliflower in the air fryer, make sure to wash and pat dry the cauliflower with paper towels. This helps to remove any moisture.
  • Air Fryer – For best results make sure to preheat air fryer has that function. If it does not, you can turn on the air fryer for a few minutes before cooking the cauliflower. If you are needing a new air fryer check out 5 Best Air Fryer Deals of May 2024.
Air fryer cauliflower on a plate

Serving Suggestions

Crispy Air fryer cauliflower can easily be served with many different side dishes. It is a great with many air fryer main dish recipes such as Air Fryer Salmon Recipe, Air Fryer Fried Chicken and Air Fryer Steak Bites Recipe.

But we also have served with these easy recipes – The Best Blackened Chicken Recipe, Easy Grilled Chicken Kabob Recipe, The Best Blackened Tilapia Recipe and Baked Pineapple BBQ chicken recipe .

We also like to enjoy the cauliflower as a snack for Game Day, movie night or just when you want a delicious snack. It is great served with homemade ranch dressing or you can add hot sauce to cauliflower.

It is really so easy and versatile. I love that it is also budget friendly!  

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Air Fryers Make Food Crispy?

Essentially, the air fryer moves air quickly over food similar to broiling it in an oven that it gives the food a similar tastes to food that has been fried in oil. It is crispy and delicious without all of the oil.
The air fryer doesn’t require a large amount of oil like a traditional fryer requires so foods cooked in the air fryer generally have less calories and less fat than fried foods.

Can I Use Frozen Cauliflower?

Yes, you can cook frozen cauliflower in the air fryer. There is no need to thaw, just place in the air fryer basket seasoned and then follow the recipe.

How do you know when finished Cooking?

Cooking time will vary depending on how crispy you want it. We usually cook it for about 10 minutes while shaking every 3 minutes. Cook for additional 1 minute until your desired crispiness and how tender you want it.

How to Store Leftover Air Fry Cauliflower?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last about 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers

If you prefer a crispy texture, then you can reheat in the air fryer for about 1-2 minutes. But you can also reheat in the microwave.

Air fryer cauliflower on a plate

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe

4.80 from 5 votes
Air fryer cauliflower recipe is so delicious that even your non veggie loving kids will love this recipe. The air fryer makes it crispy and flavorful.  
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 104

Ingredients

  • 1 Head Cauliflower (cut into florets) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
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Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your air fryer does not have a preheat option, then run the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes to warm it up. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the cauliflower florets, olive oil, lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. 
  • Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer.  You may have to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer. 
  • Air fry at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket every 3-4 minutes, until the cauliflower is browned on the edges. 
  • Remove from the air fryer, serve warm and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

You can use avocado oil or vegetable oil instead of olive oil if you prefer. 
Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.  Reheat the leftovers in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes to make the cauliflower crispy again when enjoying the leftovers. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 104kcal, Carbohydrates 9g, Protein 3g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Sodium 335mg, Potassium 460mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 127IU, Vitamin C 76mg, Calcium 37mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Sherri says:

    4 stars
    This is such an easy & healthy way to add a side dish to any meal!