These air fryer roasted cauliflower florets are tossed with garlic salt, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Add some cauli-power to your next meal with this nutritious and easy side dish!

Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower on a plate.

How To Make Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower

You’ve never tried an air fryer cauliflower recipe like this… and it only takes 20 minutes and four ingredients to make. Season the florets and get to air frying — it couldn’t be easier!

  • Season the cauliflower: Place the cauliflower florets, garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil in a large bowl. Toss to evenly coat.
  • Air fry the cauliflower: Arrange the florets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook at 380°F for 10-12 minutes, shaking halfway through.

Hot tip: This recipe uses about three cups of cauliflower florets, but don’t worry if you have more or less. Simply adjust the amount of oil and seasoning.

Ingredient Variations

We’ve kept this recipe simple to give you plenty of room for experimentation. Try any of these suggestions to change up the flavor of your roasted cauliflower!

  • Oil: Use olive oil, avocado oil, or whatever else you have on hand. Opt for melted butter for a richer flavor.
  • Seasoning: Add a sprinkle of garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, or ranch seasoning.
  • Cheese: Add your favorite shredded cheese (we love Parmesan!), or skip it entirely for a dairy-free dish.
Air Fryer basket with Roasted Cauliflower.

Tips For Perfectly Crispy Cauliflower

Do you know the secret to tender, flavorful, ever-so-slightly charred cauliflower? The trick is to use an air fryer — and follow these three tips!

  • Cut the cauliflower into evenly sized pieces. Aim for uniform, bite-sized pieces to ensure they cook at the same rate. Make it simple by purchasing pre-cut florets from the grocery store.
  • Avoid over-crowding the basket. Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer basket to allow the hot air to circulate properly. The more exposed surface area, the crispier each cauliflower floret is!
  • Keep an eye on the florets. The cook time varies depending on the size of the florets — small pieces may cook in eight minutes, while larger pieces may take up to 12 minutes. Rather than relying on the timer, take the cauliflower out as soon as they’re fork-tender and lightly charred.

Ways To Serve

Air fryer roasted cauliflower is a delicious snack or side dish. Serve it fresh and hot with a squeeze of lemon juice and your favorite dipping sauce, like ranch dressing or buffalo sauce. For a taste of the sea, add baked teriyaki salmon or shrimp linguine to the table. If poultry is more up your alley, make rice stuffed chicken thighs or turkey meatloaf. Still not convinced? You’ll be swooning over this cauliflower with a hearty portion of beef stew.

Storage & Reheating

This recipe makes a generous portion, so you’re likely to have leftovers. Get the most out of your yummy roasted cauliflower by following this guide.

  • Storage: Place the leftover roasted cauliflower in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
  • Reheating: Reheat leftover cauliflower in the air fryer or oven at 350°F until they’re sizzling and crisp. Avoid using the microwave, as the cauliflower will turn out soggy.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.