Air Fryer Whole Cauliflower

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If you are looking for a low-carb alternative for baked potatoes, consider cooking up a whole cauliflower in the air fryer! It’s a nutritious side dish that can easily be served with any protein. This recipe is gluten-free and keto-friendly!

A roasted cauliflower cut in half

Air Fryer Whole Cauliflower

This air fryer whole cauliflower recipe is incredibly simple; you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before! It’s so easy that even kids can make it. All you do is rub the entire cauliflower with spices, place it in the air fryer, and turn it on. The air fryer then roasts it to perfection!

When it comes out, it is crispy, tender, and has spices with the most amazing aromas.

Air Fryer Whole Cauliflower

The air fryer is the perfect kitchen gadget for roasting vegetables because you don’t have to wait for the oven to heat up. Plus, I love how the veggies get even crispness when you use the air fryer too.

In this recipe, we will show you how to cook a whole cauliflower in your air fryer. This recipe is perfect any time of year (holidays, parties, or just for a family dinner) because it is so easy and delicious!

Tip: Don’t own an air fryer? Here is the model I highly recommend. (LINK)

Pulling a roasted cauliflower out of the air fryer

How To Cook A Whole Cauliflower Head In The Air Fryer

Here are some step-by-step pictures, along with a few additional tips. You’ll find all the exact ingredients and steps in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

First, prepare the cauliflower. With a sharp knife, trim off all of the green leaves. We want to roast just the head of cauliflower.

Next, rub the cauliflower with olive oil. Make sure to really rub the oil all over the cauliflower because this is what will make it crisp up in the air fryer. 

Then, sprinkle salt and pepper over the cauliflower followed by garlic powder and paprika. You can really use any seasoning you like!

After adding your spices to the cauliflower, rub the seasonings into it, making sure it is covered evenly.

A whole head of cauliflower roasted in the air fryer

Finally, put the seasoned whole cauliflower in the air fryer and cook at 370F for 35 minutes.

Pulling roasted cauliflower out of the air fryer

You don’t have to shake the air fryer basket or flip the cauliflower over as you do with other air fryer recipes. Just place it in the air fryer and let it roast!

Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower

Remove the cauliflower head from the air fryer when it is done.

Serve and enjoy!

A roasted head of cauliflower cut in half on a white plate

What To Serve With Air Fried Cauliflower

This recipe tastes amazing with any type of meat you serve.

I love to make it and eat it alongside my baked Greek lemon chicken thighs. It has many of the same spices and flavors. Or, sometimes I’ll make a tender and juicy pork shoulder roast. It also tastes delicious with your favorite grilled burgers!

Looking for a vegetarian option? Serve the cauliflower with some other vegetarian dishes like lentil quinoa soup or some vegetarian stuffed bell peppers.

So many options!

Eating roasted cauliflower

More Air Fryer Recipes

If you loved this recipe for air ‘fried’ cauliflower, check out some of my other air fryer recipes!

These are some other recipes I love to make:

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Air Fryer Whole Cauliflower

This air fryer whole cauliflower is amazing! Just rub the whole cauliflower with spices, put in the air fryer and it will roast it to perfection! Air fryer whole roasted cauliflower is so easy to make, healthy and delicious!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer whole cauliflower
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 67kcal

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  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika optional

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  • Remove the green leaves from the cauliflower.
  • Rub the cauliflower with olive oil all over.
  • Sprinkle the cauflilower with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and rub the seasonings all over the cauliflower.
  • Put seasoned whole cauliflower in the air fryer and cook at 370F for 35 minutes.
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Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I was hesitant to try this recipe but the technique and cook time were spot on for a 2 lb head of cauliflower and it was some of the best cauliflower I have ever eaten!

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