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Air Fryer Breaded Cauliflower : Super Crunchy Recipe

Air fryer breaded cauliflower is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for preparing a very healthy and tasty side dish or appetizer in no time.

Cauliflower prepared in this way is delicious and will give this vegetable an extra kick so that even the kids will enjoy it!

To add more flavors you can use the spices that you like.

In this case I used paprika and garlic salt, an extra touch is to accompany the dish with any delicious homemade sauce.

This recipe is vegan, containing no animal ingredients.

For a gluten-free version simply replace the breadcrumbs used for the breadcrumbs with cornmeal or even sugar-free corn flakes for an even crispier version.

Why Make this Air Fryed Crispy Cauliflower?

Air Fryer Breaded Cauliflower

I love my cauliflower in every way, with pasta, boiled, in the oven, au gratin, etc.

This recipe is perfect for getting those who are more grumpy to eat cauliflower.

What Do I Need to Make This Recipe?

These are the main ingredients you need for this recipe.

For the step-by-step directions and measurements, scroll down to our printable recipe card. 

Cauliflowers: It is obviously the main ingredient in this recipe.

You can use the fresh ones, but the frozen ones are fine too. (Below I have listed the benefits of cauliflower)

Flour: We need flour to create the batter by combining it with water. You can use white flour, but any flour will do the job.

Spices: You can use as many spices as you like.

I used paprika and garlic salt in this one.

Breadcrumbs: Will create a crispy outer layer.

Cauliflower: Everything You Need To Know

cauliflower benefits

Cauliflower is a very important vegetable in the nutrition of adults and children, because it is rich in beneficial substances for the organism.

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a typical winter vegetable which, thanks to the perfect balance of its components, has a beneficial effect on health when consumed 2-3 times a week.

Benefits of Cauliflower:

  • Helps to detoxify the liver and the whole body.
  • Is recommended in low-calorie diets, rich in fiber, promotes a sense of satiety.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Contributes to fight anemia.
  • Fights constipation.
  • It is a useful food to maintain the health of bones and teeth.
  • Helps to control cholesterol and glycemia.
  • Has an anti-inflammatory action.
  • Helps to prevent skin aging.

What Is The Difference Between Cauliflower And Broccoli?

Both cauliflower and broccoli belong to the Cruciferae family.

Unlike the characteristics of shape, color, texture, taste etc, which can change from one variety to another, the calories of cauliflower and, in general, the nutritional values of cauliflower are very similar to those of broccoli. As well as the properties and benefits.

What To Look For Before Buying A Cauliflower

Cauliflower should be tightly closed, firm, with the inflorescence firm and unblemished.

The outer leaves should be crisp and adherent to the head.

A firm and compact flower, with the florets well closed, is a sign of freshness; a slightly blackened surface betrays a bad and prolonged preservation.

Cauliflower is in fact a delicate vegetable, which easily deteriorates.

How To Make Breaded Cauliflower In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Breaded Cauliflower

Take the cauliflower, place it on a cutting board and set it on its side while holding it firmly with one hand, remove the stem and outermost leaves with a knife.

Wash under cold running water and at this point, get a fairly sharp knife and cut off little by little all the florets.

Boil the cauliflower in hot salted water for five minutes and drain it with a colander afterwards. Dry it well with the help of a cloth.

Meanwhile, prepare the batter, with flour, spices and water, and mix well, being careful not to create lumps.

In a bowl put the breadcrumbs.

Now let’s move on to the preparation of these delicious air fryer breaded cauliflower. 

Dip the cauliflower floret first in the batter, and then in the breadcrumbs, helping yourself with a spoon to make the crumbs stick well to the cauliflower.

Preheat the air fryer.

Meanwhile continue to prepare all the cauliflower florets with the batter and breadcrumbs.

When ready, place the breaded cauliflower in the basket of the air fryer, not overlapping them.

And let them cook for about 10 minutes, shaking them halfway through cooking.

Air Fryer Breaded Cauliflower


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How To Serve Crispy Cauliflowers

I served them simply with mayonnaise mixed with with some sweet chili sauce.

I mixed 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and a tablespoon of sweet chili sauce.

That simple!

Crispy Cauliflowers with sauce

You can also serve them with ketchup or whatever sauce you prefer.

Storing Your Leftover

You can store in the fridge in a container for up to 2 days.

To reheat cauliflower I would recommend to do in the air fryer, for keep its crispiness you need to reheat it in the air fryer!

For best results, heat the cauliflower in the air fryed for few minutes.

Can I freeze Breaded Cauliflower?

Yes, you can freeze it.

To freeze it, place the breaded cauliflower in a baking sheet covered with baking paper, and do not overlap them. 

Let them harden for a couple of hours, and then you can transfer them to a freezer bag.

How do you cook frozen breaded cauliflower in an air fryer?

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (400°F).

Place the breaded cauliflower in the basket, not overlapping them.

Cook them for 15/17 minutes, remembering to shake the basket every 5 minutes.

Can I Put Crispy Cauliflowers In the oven?


​​Prepare the baking pan with baking paper and preheat the oven to 200°C.

Place the cauliflower in the baking dish and pour a drizzle of olive oil over it.

Bake at 200°C in the oven for 25 minutes. 

crispy cauliflower
Yield: 4

Air Fryer Breaded Cauliflower

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crispy cauliflower recipe, a delicious and fun way to eat cauliflower!


  • 1 Cauliflower
  • 1 Cup of white flour
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 Tablespoon of paprika
  • Half a tablespoon of garlic salt
  • Black pepper
  • A drizzle of olive oil


  1. First wash the cauliflower well and divide all the florets, making sure to cut them small.
  2. Parboiling (means quickly boiling)  them for about 5 minutes in boiling salted water and then let them dry well.
  3. Meanwhile, let's prepare the batter.
  4. In a bowl, sift the flour. To the flour add the paprika, garlic salt and a little black pepper, and mix together.
  5. Add the water slowly and mix to perfection with a whisk to avoid forming annoying lumps, When we have obtained a smooth and homogeneous batter, we set it aside.
  6. In another bowl, pour in the breadcrumbs.
  7. Preheat the the air fryer to 200°C (400°F)
  8. Take the cauliflower florets and pass first in the batter and then in the breadcrumbs.
  9. Place the cauliflower in the basket  and pour a drizzle of olive oil over it (or better with a spray oil). Be careful not to place them one on top of the other.
  10. Cook at 200°C for 10 minutes. Shake them halfway through cooking.
  11.  When the cauliflower is golden brown it is ready. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Be Naughty…

If you want to be naughty, you can also fry them.

We all know that fried things taste better!

Fry the cauliflowers, a few at a time, in plenty of frying oil at a temperature of 175 degrees Celsius.

Once they are golden brown, drain them on absorbent paper to dry the excess oil.

I can assure you that this air fryed recipe is no less, these cauliflowers are really crispy!


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