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Air Fryer Cauliflower

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  • Author: Kara Lydon
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Crispy and crunchy, this air fryer cauliflower is ready under 20 minutes! Served alongside a tangy dipping sauce, this is the appetizer or side dish you won’t be able to get enough of!


  • Small to medium head cauliflower, chopped into florets or 12 ounces cauliflower florets (about 4 1/2 to 5 cups florets)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the optional dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder and salt until evenly coated.
  2. Place florets in a single layer, evenly spaced out, in air fryer.
  3. Set air fryer to 375 degrees F.
  4. Cook cauliflower, checking and tossing every 3-5 minutes, until browned and crispy, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Optional: serve with dipping sauce or toss with desired sauce.

For the optional dipping sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, dijon mustard, smoked paprika and salt until combined. Serve alongside air fryer cauliflower.


  1. Do not overcrowd the air fryer with cauliflower. This will interfere with each piece getting crispy. You want to make sure there is space between each floret.
  2. Smaller florets will brown quicker than larger florets so try to cut evenly sized large florets.
  3. Because cauliflower can burn easily, check and toss the basket every 3-5 minutes to ensure even browning.
  4. The second batch (and subsequent batches) may brown quicker than the first since the air fryer will have been preheated. I found that my first batch took about 15 minutes to brown while the second batch was closer to 10 minutes.
  5. If using frozen cauliflower, you don’t need to thaw it first. Just toss frozen cauliflower with olive oil and spices and cook from frozen. It may just need a little longer to cook so if it’s still soggy after 10-15 minutes, keep checking it every 3-5 minutes or so.
  6. This cauliflower is delicious served alongside my dipping sauce but is also fantastic tossed with some Buffalo sauce!
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air Fryer

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