One of my favorite air fryer recipes is this delicious air fryer cauliflower recipe! It creates the most fantastic roasted cauliflower recipe in less than 15 minutes! It's great as a side dish or as a main vegan entree.
It can also be served warm or at room temperature, or tossed in a salad as an additional vegetable! It's also great as a started too!
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For this recipe, I used the Philips Air Fryer model HD9630 and I must say, it is fantastic! (This link goes to Amazon where I am an affiliate partner where I am compensated on products sold at no cost to the consumer)
So easy to use, a roomy basket for frying and the pieces come apart for easy cleaning!
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Step #1:Prep the Cauliflower
Place 3 cups of cauliflower in a large bowl. Try to make sure the florets are roughly the same size so they cook at the same rate. You can make this even easier by buying pre-cut cauliflower in the bag.
Cutting cauliflower florets from a head of cauliflower does make a bit of a mess! So if you don't mind spending a little more on the pre-cut it will save you a lot of time in prep and clean up!
Step #2: Add a Little Oil
Most air fryers say you don't need any oil to fry and that's true if you want a drier effect, but I've found just a drizzle of olive oil helps with the flavor. Add enough so it coats the cauliflower. It also helps it taste like roasted cauliflower you may make in the oven.
Step #3: Add Seasoning
Sprinkle the cauliflower with salt and pepper to taste and some dried oregano. An alternate version I make in a Quinoa Salad adds curry powder which is also really great! I then pair it with yellow raisins, fresh mint, and pine nuts when it's done.
Step #4: Air Fry the Cauliflower
Place the cauliflower in the air fryer basket. For 3 cups I start out at 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
After 10 minutes, check on it and shake the basket. Sometimes it may take a minute or two more, depending upon how big the florets are.
But once they look all charred and tender, they're done. At this stage, you can continue with this recipe as directed below, or use your roasted cauliflower in my Roasted Cauliflower, Quinoa and Kale Salad Recipe. A great lunch option!
Step #6: Garnish and Serve
You really can get creative with your toppings, but for a Mediterranean flavor, I go with pine nuts, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and freshly minced parsley.
This cauliflower is also really great topped on a plate with a smear of my traditional Homemade Hummus Recipe or my striking Beet Hummus Recipe both will add a bit more protein if serving as the main entree as well.
This recipe comes together so quickly and easily! It's also the kind of dish that is equally good served warm or cold.
Making roasted cauliflower used to take me 30 minutes in the oven, but now I find this Air Fryer Cauliflower recipe so much easier because it takes half the time!
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- 3 cups cauliflower
- 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Place cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add oregano, and salt and pepper.
- Place in the air fryer at 375F and fry for 10 mins. Transfer to a serving bowl and add pine nuts, lemon juice, and fresh parsley.
To save even more time buy the pre-washed, pre-cut cauliflower florets!
I like to slice a few cauliflower in half so that the charring makes it to more sides. It will charr easily on the cut side.
This dish is great served warm or cold!
To switch things up you can also add this to a salad bed, add some golden raisins and pomegranate seeds.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g