Air fryer cauliflower is the delicious snack, appetizer, or side dish that is ideal for every keto or low carb diet!

Air fryer roasted cauliflower is made in minutes and ready for last-minute snack attacks. Replace those carb-heavy starches like French fries, gnocchi, or tater tots for these guilt-free healthy treats that are every bit as tasty and addictive. And for a snack or side that is simply to die for, serve roasted cauliflower with a creamy dip like Easy Greek Yogurt Dip or tasty Dillionaire Veggie Dip

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Crazy for Cauliflower

  • Affordable, easy to prepare, and chock full of fiber and antioxidants, cauliflower is a veggie staple all year long.
  • Super versatile, cauliflower can be served in so many different ways. It’s a classic vegetable reimagined as rice, pizza dough, and sometimes even breadsticks, so why not roast it in the air fryer to enjoy with just about any topping imaginable?
  • Air-fried cauliflower comes out crispy on the outside and tender & creamy on the inside, making it perfect for dipping. It’s great with low carb Greek Tzatziki.

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Ingredients and Variations

CAULIFLOWER: Look for whole heads that are heavy and clean. Broccoli can be used in this recipe, or roast a combination of cauliflower and broccoli. Even frozen cauliflower can be used! Simply add a few minutes to the cooking time.

SEASONINGS: Garlic, olive oil, and some seasonings make air fryer cauliflower an easy go-to. Try Jerk Seasoning, Italian Dressing Mix or toss cauliflower florets in the same Buffalo sauce you’d use for chicken wings or thighs.

BREADED: Make a low-carb breading by crushing pork rinds and mixing it with parmesan cheese. Add to a large zippered bag after the florets have been tossed in olive oil, and shake. Crispy, crunchy, delicious!

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How to Make Air Fryer Cauliflower

It’s fun to air fry all kinds of veggies that can be roasted. In no time at all this tasty side or appetizer is at the ready:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place seasoned florets in a single layer in the preheated air fryer and cook (per recipe below).
  3. Don’t forget to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time.

What Goes with Roasted Cauliflower?

Air fryer roasted cauliflower goes great on top of a salad or tucked into a wrap! Serve it as an appetizer alongside some Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts, or some Air Fryer Broccoli. As a side dish, serve with BBQ Drumsticks, Smoked Baby Back Ribs, or a juicy Homemade Meatloaf.

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Tips for Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower

  • Always start with a preheated air fryer. The heat immediately seals the outside of the food keeping the food inside juicy and tender.
  • The key to perfectly crispy air-fried cauliflower pieces is not to crowd the pan so the air can freely circulate around each piece.
  • Use pieces of the same size so they all cook at the same rate.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer and serve. Or cut up leftover pieces and add to a soup, a stir fry, or use to top a salad.

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Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower

Air fryer cauliflower comes out crispy and golden brown!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace




  • Preheat air fryer to 400F**.
  • Clean and dry cauliflower and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cauliflower, olive oil, garlic powder if using, seasoned salt, and pepper.
  • Add to the basket of the air fryer. Cook until tender, about 10-13 minutes***, shaking the basket after about 7 minutes, and again when checking the cauliflower at 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


*A larger cauliflower may be around 2 pounds. Cook in two batches to avoid steaming the cauliflower. Oil and other ingredients to be doubled.
**Preheating to 380°F will work as well. The preheat default on my machine is 400°F, and works perfectly without having to change the setting.
***For larger pieces, check at 10 minutes (should still be crisp). 12 minutes produced medium soft for large pieces. This may vary depending on on your air fryer. For smaller bite sized pieces, cook 8-12 minutes, shaking the basket after 5 minutes, and checking at 8 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 101 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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    1. Hi Shar, you can bake on a parchment lined baking sheet at 400F for about 40 minutes. Flip after 20 minutes. Enjoy!