Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower Parmesan

Tasty air fryer cauliflower ready in just 20 minutes! We love this easy air frier roasted cauliflower recipe topped with grated parmesan cheese. Yum! Make sure to check out our full list of easy cauliflower recipes, too!

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I have fallen in-love with experimenting with my air fryer. I officially now have two air fryers – one basket style and one toaster oven style. Both of them make foods taste amazing. It might replace my number #1 love, the instant pot.

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I tested this recipe using my new COSORI Air Fryer Toaster Oven. You can also make air fryer cauliflower in a basket-style air fryer.

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Air Fried Cauliflower with Parmesan

I love this simple roasted cauliflower recipe with parmesan cheese. Cauliflower is so easy to make in the air fryer and makes it crispy on the outside and tender in the center. The simple seasonings mesh so well with the grated parmesan. Some of our other favorite things to make in the air fryer are Air Fryer Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Bacon. If you’re looking for cauliflower with a kick, try our recipe for Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower.

I love adding parmesan cheese to my cauliflower because it adds a nice salty bite to my vegetables. Plus, it makes it extra kid-friendly. Although, I have found roasted cauliflower in general is something my kiddos will eat. We also love it in rice form and mashed potato form.

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How do you know when cauliflower is cooked?

Your cauliflower is ready when you can easily stick a fork into it. This is also known as fork-tender. For air fried or roasted cauliflower, your cauliflower will have slightly browned edges when it is ready.

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How to make air fryer cauliflower?

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss your cauliflower in a bit of avocado oil. Bowl of cauliflower drizzled with oil.
  3. Sprinkle the cauliflower with fresh ground black pepper and garlic salt.
  4. Mix until the cauliflower is evenly coated.
  5. Arrange cauliflower on your air fryer tray or basket. Cauliflower on air fryer tray.
  6. Air fry for 15-20 minutes, until fork tender.

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I don’t have avocado oil. Can I use a different type of oil?

Yes, you can use a different vegetable oil. Olive oil will also work. I don’t recommend canola oil or generic vegetable oil because it won’t have the best flavor.

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What to serve with air fryer cauliflower?

Cauliflower has such a mild flavor that it can really go with any protein. Here are some main dish ideas:

As a second side, we recommend:

An oval serving dish filled with roasted cauliflower next to a silicone spoon that says "stir it up".
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Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe

Tasty air fryer cauliflower ready in just 20 minutes! We love this easy air frier roasted cauliflower recipe topped with grated parmesan cheese. Yum!

Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer cauliflower
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 197 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees while prepping the cauliflower.
  2. Toss the cauliflower in oil, garlic salt, and pepper.
  3. Arrange cauliflower in an even layer in your air fryer.
  4. Air fry for 20 minutes, shaking every 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, sprinkle with parmesan, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Depending on the size of air fryer, you may need to work in batches. Do not overlap the cauliflower.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 541mg24%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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