This Air Fryer Cauliflower is an easy, 2 ingredient side dish for busy weeknights! Naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, and whole30 too!
PIN Air Fryer Cauliflower
This might be the mecca of all my favs: cauliflower and the air fryer in one recipe!
Just need to add some blueberry kefir pancakes and it would REALLY be all my favs….but that would also be a VRY VRY weird recipe no?
Cauliflower is so versatile for a dinner side dish – you can make keto Mexican cauliflower rice, air fryer buffalo cauliflower or even baked cauliflower au gratin. BUT, sometimes you want to keep it even more simple and have cauliflower in its natural form.
Which brings us to this SUPER easy, 2 ingredient recipe that I have been meal prepping for weeks now because it’s just so easy and great to have on hand!
Roasted Air Fryer Cauliflower Ingredients
If you know me AT ALL, you know I’m obsessed with my air fryer. I’m always cooking up delicious snacks, meals and appetizers in mine, and I love that it uses air to fry the food instead of oil! I still get that crispy, fried taste we all love when I use it, but I forgo the oil! It’s a win-win situation! You are going to love how quick and easy this cauliflower air fryer is to whip up, and it only uses a handful of ingredients to boot. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Cauliflower, cut into florets
How to make Cauliflower in Air Fryer
See what I mean? 3 ingredients, and you probably already have them at home! SCORE! This cauliflower is going to be ready to serve and devour in no time at all! Here’s how to cook it:
In a large bowl, place the cauliflower and drizzle it generously with oil. Next, sprinkle it all with salt. Toss to coat the cauliflower evenly.
Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the mesh basket of your air fryer and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until it is fork tender and golden brown.
Once the cauliflower is cooked, allow to cool slightly and serve with desired side dishes. DEVOUR!
Don’t have an air fryer? Then make this parmesan roasted ranch cauliflower!
How long to cook Air Fryer Cauliflower?
All air fryers can cook slightly differently, but in mine I can achieve the perfect cauliflower in about 17-22 minutes, depending on the size of the florets and how much cauliflower is in the air fryer at once! If you want it with a bit of crunch, pull it before it’s golden brown at about 17 minutes or so in the air fryer. If you like it golden brown and nice and tender like I do, I’d leave it in closer to 22 minutes! Feel free to tweak the cook time to your liking!
How do you know when Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower is cooked?
When cooking cauliflower in the air fryer, there are varied stages of doneness. The rule of thumb is that you want it to be fork-tender, and I also like when it’s a bit golden brown and starting to get crispy.
What to serve with Cauliflower?
Cauliflower is seriously the most versatile veggie and that’s why it’s one of my faves! It’s mildly flavored, making it a great low carb substitute for rice or pasta, and the texture is amazing! If you’re wanting to make this cauliflower recipe a meal, here’s what I recommend serving alongside it:
- Protein: Chinese 5 spice chicken thighs would be a fantastic addition to this cauliflower, as would Whole30 Sweet and Sour Paleo Meatballs. The cauliflower with a bit of the sauce poured over top would be irresistible!
- Veggies: Stir Fries are a go to of mine with roasted cauliflower. They are easy to throw together and taste delish! I recommend Easy Low Carb Keto Stir Fry and Paleo Grilled Beef Stir Fry with Asian Almond Dressing.
Other Healthy Cauliflower Recipes
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Dairy Free Vegan Cauliflower Soup
Low Carb Mock Cauliflower Potato Salad
- 3/4 Lb Cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tsp Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Place the cauliflower florets into a large bowl and drizzle with oil, tossing to coat. Then, sprinkle generously with salt.
- Place into the mesh basket of your air fryer in a single layer and cook at 400 degrees until fork tender and golden brown, about 17-22 minutes.
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