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Air Fryer Cauliflower

Air Fryer Cauliflower

You’ll love this simple, yet delicious air fryer cauliflower recipe. Cauliflower florets are seasoned with onion and garlic powder, then air-fried until tender and lightly brown on the tips .. AND READY in ONLY 15 minutes! 

I am such a veggie lover. I am constantly eating different veggies and trying to cook them in new ways so that my family will eat them too. It is SO important to eat your veggies!

Heart-Healthy Side Dish

How do you make cauliflower taste good? You use plenty of spices and fry it in the air fryer! You’ve probably heard that eating veggies is good for you, but did you know it can actually support your health and blood sugar, too?

This article I recently read from Harvard captured the important of veggies  perfectly:

A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.” 

air fryer cauliflower recipe

Veggies do it all! The article also talked about how there is no single vegetable that provides ALL of the nutrients you need so it is essential to switch it up, eating a whole variety of vegetables on a daily basis. That is why you need my new air fryer cauliflower recipe- you need to try new veggies!

Cauliflower is a total powerhouse vegetable. It is high in fiber, a good source of antioxidants, it can help aid in weight loss and it has even been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart and brain disorders. Give me an extra serving of cauliflower PLEASE!

air fryer cauliflower

How To Make Cauliflower Taste Better

The only thing about cauliflower that is tough is the taste. It can be pretty strong and many people either love cauliflower or hate it. When I set out making this air fryer cauliflower recipe, I want to make sure even those cauliflower skeptics would love it. I promise you will!

When you use all of the seasons and fry the cauliflower to perfection, it actually tastes better! I stuck to the basic spices – garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. But you can be creative and use other spices, too.

Everyone who has tried my air fryer cauliflower has loved it. I know you will too, so let’s get into all the details!


I tried to keep the ingredients for this air fryer cauliflower recipe simple. It’s much easier to add veggies to your diet when they are easy to cook!

Here are what you need to whip up this delicious air fryer cauliflower:

A head of purple cauliflower, a head of white cauliflower, and bowls of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and a jar of olive oil

  • cauliflower– Try using multi colored cauliflower florets. A mix of white cauliflower and purple cauliflower is my favorite. It looks so pretty on the plate!
  • oil– Use an oil that can withstand high heats. I like using olive oil or avocado oil.
  • garlic powder– A sprinkle of garlic powder adds a zesty, rich taste.
  • onion powder- Onion powder is made by grinding dehydrated onions into a fine dust. This adds a lot of sweet, spicy onion flavor that coats the cauliflower florets nicely.
  • salt and pepper– You can’t cook without salt and pepper! These two little ingredients are total flavor boosters and will bring your veggies to life

Once you have your ingredients, make sure you have your air fryer preheated and ready to go. You will also need a large bowl to toss all the ingredients together and a spoon or tongs to do the tossing. Of course, you can always just use your hands to mix everything up. The less kitchen tools to clean, the better!

How to Make Easy and Delicious Air Fryer Cauliflower

Ready to make a delicious, healthy veggie side dish? Take a look at how to make my air fryer cauliflower recipe and then start cooking!

cauliflower air fryer

1. Wash and cut your cauliflower florets. Try to make them about the same size so they will cook at the same rate.

2. Add the cauliflower to a large bowl then drizzle with the oil, add all of the seasonings and toss everything together well. Use tongs, a spatula or your hands to really mix the cauliflower with the seasonings evenly.

air fryer cauliflower

3. Spread the seasoned florets across the air fryer basket. Try to make a single layer of veggies if possible.

cauliflower air fryer

4. Air fry the cauliflower at 400 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes. Remove the basket about every 5 minutes and toss the cauliflower to make sure every piece is getting nice and crispy.

5. Remove the cauliflower from the air fryer and enjoy warm or cold!

I like to cook my cauliflower for the full 15 minutes so the edges get nice and brown. Crispy cauliflower is truly addictive!

Air Fryer Cauliflower Tips

air fryer cauliflower

I have become obsessed with this cauliflower air fryer recipe so I have made it quite a few times. Here are a few little tips, tricks and variations that have worked well for me to really perfect this recipe.

  • Toss the cauliflower with ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes to make a spicy air fryer cauliflower.
  • Sprinkle a little grated parmesan cheese over the cooked cauliflower right as it comes out of the air fryer. You can’t go wrong with melted cheese!
  • For variation, try using ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning in place of garlic powder and onion powder. This gives the cauliflower a nice, herby flavor.
  • Try using coconut oil which adds a nice tropical flavor. This will also make the cauliflower taste great with Asian dishes.
  • Air fry the florets for 20 minutes to get them really crispy. Serve them as an appetizer with some buffalo wing dip. A super crunchy, crispy cauliflower floret is a healthy and delicious snack.

If you come up with any tricks to make perfect cauliflower, let me know! I am always trying to make veggies in new ways and cook them in ways everyone will enjoy.

Eating veggies is so important and trying new veggie recipes can be fun. This recipe for air fryer cauliflower was a big hit in my house and I was very excited that my whole family loved it. It makes me feel good knowing we are eating healthy, beneficial foods that also taste delicious.

More Air Fryer Recipes

The air fryer is my favorite kitchen gadget! It gives you crispy food without unhealthy oils or grease. Here are a few other easy air fryer recipes you should make next.

Give this easy cauliflower recipe a try and let me know what you think! Did it turn you into a true cauliflower lover, too? I bet it will!

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Air Fryer Cauliflower

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


You’ll love this simple, yet delicious air fryer cauliflower recipe. Cauliflower florets are seasoned with onion and garlic powder, then air-fried until tender and lightly brown on the tips .. AND READY in ONLY 15 minutes! 



1 head of cauliflower (or two halves of different colors)

1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil  

1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder

1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder

1⁄4 teaspoon coarse salt

1⁄4 teaspoon pepper 


  1. Wash and cut cauliflower to equal size pieces.
  2. Toss cauliflower with oil, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and salt.
  3. Place cauliflower in the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 12-15 minutes, tossing 2 or 3
    times to turn them during cooking.
  4. Remove from the air fryer.
  5. Serve warm or cold.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: Air Fryer Cauliflower


Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Gina Canasa
    04/10/2024 / 11:54 am

    I’m really not impressed with cauliflower because of its taste, but I would love to try this recipe. Thanks, sis I’m proud of you! 🙂

  2. 04/20/2023 / 6:54 am

    We just got an air fryer, and your recipe is perfect timing. I love the idea of mixing different colors of cauliflower as well!

  3. Blair Villanueva
    06/06/2022 / 4:30 am

    OMG, I am getting obsessed with this purple cauliflower. I saw one before. It makes the whole meal very enticing.

  4. 05/16/2022 / 11:17 am

    I’ve never tried air frying a cauliflower before nor tried eating one but I would definitely love to give this a try. It looks quite delicious and thanks for the recipe.

  5. Neely Moldovan
    05/15/2022 / 1:47 pm

    I feel like the air fryer just makes everything taste better!

  6. 05/15/2022 / 1:31 am

    Indeed such a healthy recipe idea! I will definitely try making this one with my sister when she comes over to visit me. We will prepare this together.

  7. 05/14/2022 / 3:40 pm

    Wow! I never thought about cooking cauliflower using the air fryer. We’d love to try this. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. 05/14/2022 / 12:34 pm

    I keep seeing more and more delicious recipes for using an air fryer. This makes me want one more and more!

  9. 05/14/2022 / 5:53 am

    Oookkkkaaaayyyyyy! This is a genius way to enjoy some cauliflower! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  10. Mila R
    05/13/2022 / 7:08 pm

    I was just searching for crispy cauliflower, because it is so addictive! And I found this post 🙌🏻

  11. Richelle Milar
    05/13/2022 / 5:46 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this recipe!

  12. Katie C
    05/13/2022 / 3:12 pm

    I love good and crispy cauliflower, but I’ve never tried it in the air fryer. I’ll be giving this recipe a try next week!

  13. 05/13/2022 / 2:40 pm

    Thanks for posting this because I was looking for an air fryer cauliflower recipe. This looks so good.

  14. 05/13/2022 / 2:16 pm

    Our air fryer gets quite a workout. And since most people in my household are vegetarians, a snack like this would be a sure hit!

  15. 05/13/2022 / 2:06 pm

    I think cauliflower is the best. I ‘d like to nibble it when I am ion diet.

  16. 05/13/2022 / 2:04 pm

    What a great idea to cook cauliflower. It’s my favorite vegetable and I’m looking for new ways to cook them. Thank you for this

  17. 05/13/2022 / 1:49 pm

    I have made cauliflower in my air fryer and love it! I would love to buy purple cauliflower; I’ll keep my eyes open for it!

  18. Beth
    05/13/2022 / 1:39 pm

    I love seeing what people are cooking in their air fryers! The cauliflower looks great and seems like a very healthy choice.

  19. Catalina
    05/13/2022 / 10:02 am

    What a great idea for a side dish! I will make it tonight!

  20. 05/13/2022 / 4:36 am

    The family likes to eat cauliflowers, now the only thing missing is an air fryer. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  21. Anne Marie
    05/13/2022 / 3:34 am

    I could get my children to eat it prepared this way! I love the different cauliflower colors, too.

  22. Amber Myers
    05/12/2022 / 9:36 pm

    I have always liked cauliflower. I will have to make this. Looks tasty!

  23. 05/12/2022 / 9:23 pm

    This looks so good. I love the flavors and the colors here. Yum!

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