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Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower in 15-Minutes Flat

Crispy on outside with a buttery and salty seasoning blend for flavor, this air fryer cauliflower recipe is quick, easy and delicious. It requires only 5 minutes of hands on prep time and 15 minutes in the air fryer at 375° Fahrenheit.

Crispy air fryer cauliflower on a white plate with chimichurri sauce on top
Air fryer cauliflower with a buttery and smoky seasoning blend.

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How to make air fried cauliflower

This is a super easy recipe – here’s all you need to do:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets (or use a package of florets)
  • Toss cauliflower with ghee (or other cooking oil)
  • Mix with some seasonings to coat the cauliflower
  • Throw it in the air fryer for 15 minutes

That’s it! You’ll get some perfectly cooked air fryer cauliflower smothered in a delectable seasoning blend.

Close up of four roasted cauliflower florets on white marble
Easy air fried cauliflower is the perfect snack, side or appetizer.

Ingredients for this keto cauliflower recipe

  • Cauliflower – Duh! Chop it into medium-sized florets and try to get them about the same size.
  • Ghee – Provides some buttery flavor and helps the seasonings to stick. You can substitute regular butter (if you eat dairy) or other cooking oil if desired.
  • Nutritional yeast – This flaky and delicious topping gives some “cheesy” taste to the cauliflower.
  • Arrowroot starch – Helps to coat the cauliflower and give the outside that little bit of crispy texture.
  • Seasonings – Chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika and salt. An addicting combo when paired with the other buttery/cheesy flavors.
Close up angled image of air fryer cauliflower on a white plate with green sauce
A squeeze of lime and some fresh chimichurri sauce are perfect toppings for this delicious cauliflower.

Serving options for this healthy air fryer recipe

This air fryer cauliflower is a delicious Paleo, Whole30 and Keto option for a snack, appetizer, or paired with a protein for a complete meal.

We especially like serving it up with some of our Chipotle Aioli and a little squeeze of lime, but it would also be great with some Big Mac Sauce!

Here are some recipes that would go great with some air fried cauliflower on the side:

Bowl of air fryer cauliflower with parsley garnish and green sauce on the side
Perfectly cooked air fryer cauliflower in 15 minutes flat!

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

Really – what are you waiting for? We have the Instant Brand Vortex Air Fryer and love it!

But if you don’t have one, you can easily make this recipe in the oven. Just place the cauliflower on a sheet pan and bake it at 375° Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.

It won’t get as crispy as it will in the air fryer but you’ll still get bold flavor from the seasoning blend.

Crispy air fryer cauliflower on a white plate with green sauce on top and on the side

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We hope you love this easy recipe as much as we do! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself licking your fingers and fighting over the last piece. Leave a comment to let us know how it goes and take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood, we love to see what you’re making!

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Crispy air fryer cauliflower on a white plate with chimichurri sauce ont top

Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower in 15-Minutes Flat

4.74 from 26 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 117kcal
A little crispy on outside with a buttery and salty seasoning blend, this air fryer cauliflower recipe is quick, easy and delicious! Serve it as an appetizer, snack or side dish with your favorite meal.
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  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp ghee, melted (or other cooking oil of choice)

Seasoning blend:

Optional toppings:

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  • Preheat air fryer (if yours preheats) to 375° Fahrenheit and make seasoning blend. Just combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and mix. Set aside.
  • Chop cauliflower into florets and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add melted ghee. Toss to coat the cauliflower. Add the seasoning blend and toss again to coat.
  • Place cauliflower in air fryer in an even layer with a little space between pieces. Avoid overcrowding your basket and cook in batches as needed.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. The cauliflower will be tender and a little browned when it's done.
  • While cauliflower is cooking, prepare any optional toppings.
  • Once done, serve warm with any desired toppings, like our chipotle aioli. Enjoy.


Nutrition details are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. The nutrition amounts do not include optional toppings for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 3g
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8 thoughts on “Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower in 15-Minutes Flat

  • This was the very first recipe I tried in my new air fryer this week, and it was delicious! Easy and quick (after the florets are cut up) and has the added benefit of being guilt-free yumminess.
    I posted a photo to Instagram earlier this week; hope you got it.

  • Such a fun, easy, new way to prepare cauliflower. I left mine in a little longer than 15 to get a little darker and crispier. I also didn’t have a whole head of cauliflower, so I threw in some brussel sprouts too. They turned out perfectly crisp too and went great with the cauliflower.

    • Adding in some brussels sprouts sounds like a good idea, we’ll have to try that. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and we appreciate you coming back to leave a rating and review 🙂

  • I recently made this recipe and it was one of the best things I’ve had in a long time! It was so easy to make and it was gone in five seconds. We added the alioli and it was a great addition but this is also super yummy without any sauce. I have already been asked for the recipe and gladly passed it on. SO GOOD!!!!

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