Super simple sides just got shockingly simpler. Air Fryer Cauliflower is fast, easy, and oh-so satisfying. Fresh or frozen, these nutty, crispy florets are never greasy or soggy and cook to tender perfection in practically no time at all. Toss with olive oil, season, and "fry" away - just don't forget to shake 'em up often.
1smallhead cauliflowerdivided into florets (about 4 cups)
Toss cauliflower florets with the olive oil, salt, and pepper (and other seasonings as desired, see notes) in a large bowl until well combined.
Spread into an even layer in the basket of the air fryer. Do not fill the basket more than halfway full, but for best results, aim for a single layer.
Program to 390°F for 12 minutes. Remove the basket and toss at least once halfway through, but preferably every 4 minutes. (You can also program in 4-6 minute increments as a more firm reminder to toss). If the cauliflower isn’t cooked through, program an additional 2-3 minutes (smaller florets will cook more quickly).
Sprinkle with fresh herbs (we like basil and/or parsley) and serve immediately.
For larger batches, scale up oil and seasonings as necessary. The cauliflower should very lightly coated with oil and well seasoned with herbs and spices.
Keep previously cooked batches warm in a 200°F oven before combining and serving.
Air Fryer Cauliflower Seasoning Suggestions
Italian: 1 tsp Italian seasoning and ½ tsp garlic powder
Mexican: 1 tsp each red pepper flakes and cumin; drizzle with fresh lime juice just before serving.