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Air Fryer Cauliflower is perfectly tender, crisp and full of amazing flavor. You are going to love how easy it is to make this delicious side dish!

Air Fryer vegetables are the best, they get roasted to the perfect texture both inside and outside. These tried and true recipes will prove it to you, from Potatoes, to Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts.

Perfectly roasted air fryer cauliflower in a bowl.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe

I love my Air Fryer, it is changing the way I make food and especially my vegetables. The air fryer gets them perfectly crispy on the outside and then soft and tender on the inside, without getting them mushy. My family loves vegetables cooked in the air fryer and this roasted cauliflower is no different. And if I can get my kids to eat more vegetables, then that is a win in my book! This is going to be a the perfect side dish for any meal.

The air fryer uses circulating air to “fry” the cauliflower. It is essentially a countertop convection oven. Using the air fryer to help make your meals, frees up the oven, doesn’t heat up the kitchen and is usually a faster and healthier way to cook. The marinade in this cauliflower recipe is incredible. It really packs a punch, which is important when cooking with cauliflower. Serve this cauliflower with my delicious Air Fryer Flank Steak and some 1-Hour Rolls for dinner!

Ingredients for The Best Cauliflower

This air fryer cauliflower is going to come together in a snap, you are going to love how easy this recipe is. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all of the exact measurements.

  • Cauliflower: Wash and cut your cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
  • Olive Oil: You want oil to coat the cauliflower, this will help it crisp up.
  • Parmesan Cheese: For best results use grated parmesan.
  • Paprika: This will give the cauliflower some color and flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: You will love how using a powder gives you flavor without the chunks of garlic. It’s delicious.
  • Crushed Red Pepper: This is optional, you can add as little or as much as you want
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

This could not be any easier or faster. You are going to love eating the results.

  1. Chop: Cut the cauliflower into small pieces.
  2. Sauce: In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, parmesan, paprika, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper.
  3. Mix:  Toss the cauliflower the mixture till it’s evenly coated. Be gentle.
  4. Cook: Place in air fryer basket at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes or until crispy.
Mixing the marinade, pouring over the cauliflower and putting in the air fryer basket.

Tips For Easy Air Fryer Cauliflower

Getting the cauliflower just right is easy, you might have to double the batch, however, because these will go fast.

  • Air Frying:  Check your cauliflower half way thru, you might need to shake the basket to help turn the cauliflower.  Check again at the minimum time to see if they are done or need additional time. Every air fryer is a bit different so yours may need more or less time.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: If you have to cook it in batches, do it. You do not want to over crowd the cauliflower or it will steam instead of crisp up.
  • Same Size:  Try to keep the cauliflower the same size a you cut it for better even roasting.
  • Don’t have an air fryer? You can roast cauliflower in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes.

Adding Flavor to Cauliflower

This air fryer cauliflower recipe is super customizable, make it with the seasonings and the toppings you love.

  • Mexican: Use cumin, chili powder, garlic, taco or fajita seasonings for a spicy flare.
  • Ranch: Cover the cauliflower in ranch seasoning and then serve with cheddar cheese and bacon crumbles.
  • Buffalo: After you cook the cauliflower toss in some homemade buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles.
  • Italian: Toss with olive oil and Italian seasoning and garlic, topped with parmesan cheese for a delicious twist.
  • Sauce Dipping:  Keep the cauliflower pretty neutral in seasoning then serve with your favorite sauce, Yum Yum Sauce, Ranch Dressing, or even Pesto. 

How to Store Leftover Cauliflower

The key to having great air fryer cauliflower leftovers is warming them up correctly.

  • Store: Keep cauliflower in the fridge tightly covered for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: If you reheat these in the microwave they will lose their crispy outside. Reheat in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes or till crunchy and warm or reheat on the stove top for best results.
Roasted cauliflower in the air fryer.

More Air Fryer Recipes to Try

Air fryers usually cook your food faster and it almost always tastes better. You can cook amazing side dishes, main dishes and even desserts without heating up the oven. That is going to be huge as summer approaches. Enjoy these tried and true recipes in your air fryer today!

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Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower

5 from 4 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Air Fryer Cauliflower is perfectly tender, crisp and full of amazing flavor. You are going to love how easy it is to make this delicious side dish!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 People



  • Start by cutting the cauliflower into small pieces.
  • In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, parmesan, paprika, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper.
  • Toss the cauliflower with the mixture to coat.
  • Place in air fryer basket at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes or until crispy.



Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 128IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious made this 04/29/23 for supper the only thing a little different was using smoked paprika. 13 minutes at 390 was perfect!!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the air fryer help. I used a rotisserie basket so I didn’t put the Parmesan on till it was cooked. I’ve never liked cauliflower until tonight. It was excellent. I will try other vegetables this way too.