Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe

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 starter too!

Roasted Cauliflower in a bowl with fresh parsley as a garnish

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Vertical Image of Roasted Cauliflower and fresh parsley

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • 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!

For this recipe, I used the Philips Air Fryer model HD9630 and I must say, it is fantastic! 

Philips Air Fryer HD9630 on a counter
Philips Air Fryer HD9630

So easy to use, a roomy basket for frying and the pieces come apart for easy cleaning!

Removable parts of the Philips Air Fryer HD9630

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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.

Adding raw cauliflower florets to a glass bowl

Time-Saving Tip

  • 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! 

Cauliflower cut into pieces for a Potato Leek Soup-No Cream recipe

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. 

Drizzling olive oil onto raw cauliflower in a glass bowl

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.

Sprinkling salt and pepper on cauliflower in a bowl

Step #4: Air Fry the Cauliflower

Place the cauliflower in the air fryer basket. For 3 cups I start out at 10 minutes at 400F degrees.

Raw cauliflower placed in an air fryer basket

How To Know When The Cauliflower is Done?

  • 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!

Roasted Cauliflower in an air fryer basket

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. 

Roasted Cauliflower in a bowl

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Air Fryer cauliflower in a black bowl

Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy and delicious Air Fryer Cauliflower recipe. Perfectly roasted cauliflower! Ready in 10 minuets in your air fryer. A great side dish or vegan main dish.


  • 3 cups cauliflower
  • 1 ½ tsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Place cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add oregano, and salt and pepper.
  2. Place in the air fryer at 400F 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
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  1. I love this basic and easy recipe. I added finely chopped dates along with the lemon and parsley to add a small burst of sweet flavor. Delicious!

  2. Hey Beth,
    Good idea, air fryer cauliflower recipe so cool. I think can eat breakfast because we have not more time for cooking. Yesterday, I did this food for my wife, she said not bad 🙂

  3. Cauliflower is not on my list of favorite vegetables but I used my air fryer and used the recipe as printed, and it was delicious. I will not change the recipe one big and I’ll serve cauliflower regularly from now on.

    1. YAY! So glad it was a hit! I know what you mean about cauliflower but it tastes so much better when fried! Ha! Really an amazing little vegetable 🙂

  4. It is hard to make my kids eat cauliflower. When I saw the receipt I immediately try it with my air fryer. The result is delicious, my kids love it. Thank you.