Air Fryer Cauliflower Florets

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Need a side dish recipe that’s simple to prepare and tastes good? Then try our air fryer cauliflower florets. Perfectly seasoned and cooked every time!

Lately, we’ve been adding a few air fryer recipes to our catalogue. While Kim and I love the appliance, we really haven’t given it chance to shine.

So, today we’re a another dish to the list. It’s an air fryer cauliflower florets recipe. As you might have guessed, making it is simple.

But, what you might not expect is how delicious cauliflower can be when properly seasoned.

Seasoned air fryer cauliflower in a large bowl.
We love the texture of the cauliflower, tender but not overcooked.

With that being said, I know the recipe won’t appeal to everyone. However, if you love vegetables as much as I do, then I suggest giving this one a try.

Looking for a more filling vegetable side dish? Take a look at our homemade creamed spinach recipe.

A close-up view of the finished vegetable.
You can use the seasonings in the recipe or try your favorite spice mix.

How to make air fryer cauliflower?

First, start by measuring about 7-8 cups of cauliflower florets. Wash and dry them. Then set the florets in a large mixing bowl.

After that, drizzle them with avocado (or olive ) oil.

Avocado oil being poured over the cauliflower.
We use avocado oil because it can handle the high heat of the fryer.

Next, go ahead and sprinkle the cauliflower with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.

Then, toss the florets with the oil and spices to evenly coat the vegetables.

The spices have been sprinkled over the veggies.
Paprika adds a nice smoky flavor to the cauliflower.

Now, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Once the fryer is hot, transfer the florets to the basket.

The florets sitting in the fryer basket.
Try to place the florets in an even layer in the basket.

Place them in an even layer to ensure even cooking. Set the timer for 11-minutes and close the basket.

The veggie has cooked and is ready to serve.
Make sure you flip the florets half way through the process.

Also, flip the cauliflower halfway through the cooking process. Otherwise, the vegetable will overcook on one side and be raw on the other side.

Last, once the timer goes off, open the basket and remove the vegetable. Transfer the florets to a serving dish and enjoy!

A close-up view of the cooked cauliflower.

That’s it, your air fryer cauliflower recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the veggies and wish you all the best 🙂

If you’re looking for a main course to serve with the cauliflower, then check out our grilled BBQ chicken breast recipe.

The air fried vegetable served in a white bowl.
This side dish pairs well with baked fish or grilled chicken.

Other air fryer recipes you may love:

A close-up view of the cooked cauliflower.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Florets

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Author: John
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Preheat Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 7 cups cauliflower florets, washed and dried
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil, (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Cut the cauliflower into florets, wash, and dry very well. Place the florets into a medium bowl, and drizzle with avocado oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika. Toss to combine.
    7 cups cauliflower florets
    1 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Preheat the air fryer by setting it to roast or bake at 400°. After the air fryer preheats, add the cauliflower to the basket in an even layer. Cook for 11 minutes, and flip halfway through.
  • Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients shown and a serving size of about 1/2 a cup of cooked cauliflower. Actual calories will vary.
*Doubling or tripling this recipe has not been tested. Therefore, we can not guarantee the outcome of adjusting the ingredients.
*Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 0.5Cup | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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