This easy Cauliflower Air Fryer recipe brings a new and cheesy twist to a simple and healthy vegetable.

Lightly sprinkled with simple parmesan cheese and some spices, this recipe makes an amazing side dish. A quick roast in the air fryer makes these little florets turn out crispy and delicious.

roasted Cheesy Air Fryer Cauliflower

Cauliflower Air Fryer Recipe

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Favorite Veggie Side Dish!

  • Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable that pairs so well with cheese.
  • This is such a quick and easy side that goes with so many meals. Try it with roast beef or chicken breasts.
  • For those on keto, this is an awesome snack or quick lunch.

Raw Cauliflower topped with cheese in an air fryer basket

Ingredients and Variations

CAULIFLOWER: Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is high in B vitamins and fiber. When buying cauliflower remember to pick firm heads without brown spots.

To trim, flip the cauliflower stem side up. Cut around the main stem with a paring knife. Then chop the larger florets into bite-sized pieces.

SEASONING: Such a simple seasoning for this recipe, just garlic powder, and pepper. The main flavoring is parmesan cheese. Buy a block of parmesan and grate, or sprinkle it with a convenient pre-grated cheese.

Cheesy Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer basket

How to Cook Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

This is such a simple side. With just 3 simple steps and a handful of ingredients, it is ready in no time!

  1. Wash and chop the cauliflower
  2. Toss with spices and parmesan cheese
  3. Cook the cauliflower in the air fryer.

Recipe Tips

Follow these simple tips for the best air fryer cauliflower!

  • When cooking cauliflower in the air fryer, do not crowd the vegetables. Crowding reduces the crispiness.
  • Be sure to spray the cauliflower with a little oil before air frying to prevent it from sticking.
  • Feel free to add other cruciferous vegetables that will cook at the same rate, such as broccoli or broccolini.

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Air Fryer Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower

Tender cauliflower florets are topped with parmesan and air-fried to tender-crisp perfection.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • ½ head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cup parmesan cheese finely shredded


  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F.
  • Wash cauliflower and cut into florets.
  • Toss cauliflower in a bowl with seasonings and oil.
  • Place cauliflower in a single layer the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until florets reach desired doneness.


This recipe can be doubled but do not crowd the air fryer or the cauliflower won't crisp well. Cook in batches and put all of the cauliflower in the air fryer to heat through for 2 minutes at the end.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

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