Air Fryer Cauliflower is just about the easiest side dish you’ll ever make! If you want to know exactly how to make fried cauliflower in your air fryer then you’ve come to the right place!
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Air Fried roasted cauliflower is about the only way that my kids will eat it, now. It’s crispy, tasty, has a little char on it and it doesn’t have that funky overcooked smell you sometimes get when it’s boiled or steamed.
If I’m in a rush I’ll buy the ready cut bagged cauliflower florets as they are very convenient to use. Most of the time I will buy the whole cauliflower and cut it up myself as it’s cheaper and it really doesn’t take long to prepare it for air frying.
Air Fryer FAQ’s
What Air Fryer should I buy? It depends how many people you will be cooking for as the air fryers with smaller baskets will mean you have to cook in multiple batches if you are cooking for more that two people. Usually the toaster oven style air fryers have a larger capacity so they are worth considering if you have a larger family.
Are Air Fryers Bad for you? Air fryers work with minimal oil so in that regard they are considered by some to be a healthier option than deep frying. If you are counting calories then it’s beneficial as you can cut back the oil for air frying.
Can I Air Fry Cauliflower without Oil? In theory yes you can, however I find it’s prone to be more dry without any oil at all.
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Air Fryer Cauliflower
A quick and easy method for roasting cauliflower in any air fryer.
- lemon juice
- fresh chopped parsley
Peel and crush the garlic and mix it in a large bowl with the olive oil, salt and thyme leaves
Cut your cauliflower into small florets of even size and then toss them in the bowl with the oil and ensure they are evenly coated.
Turn your air fryer on to 375°F and place a single layer of cauliflower into the basket and close it.
Cook for 7 minutes, then pull out the basket and turn the cauliflower pieces. Cook for a further 3 minutes and check to see if it's done enough for you.
Usually it takes between 10-15 minutes to cook depending on the model of your air fryer and the size of the cauliflower pieces, exact cook time will vary so you must check it as you go.
Once the cauliflower is cooked you can toss it in a little lemon juice (optional) and sprinkle with a little chopped fresh parsley.
Cauliflower – to save time you can buy the ready cut up bagged florets, but it’s cheaper to buy a whole cauliflower and cut it up yourself.
Flavors – this method works with a variety of herbs and spices so you can try different spices and cook it in the same manner. We like to add cumin instead of the thyme sometimes, and smoked paprika instead of the thyme is also a good option.
Nutrition – assumes that a half head of cauliflower will serve four people so the nutrition label is calculated on that basis.