How to Cook Frozen Cauliflower in Air Fryer?

How to Cook Frozen Cauliflower in Air Fryer?

Are you looking for a healthy and tasty snack or side dish that’s easy to make? Look no further than frozen cauliflower in an air fryer! Not only is air frying a convenient cooking method, but it also results in perfectly crispy and tender cauliflower every time. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to cook frozen cauliflower in an air fryer, from preparing the cauliflower to seasoning it and cooking it to perfection.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cooking frozen cauliflower in an air fryer is a convenient and healthy way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable.
  • Properly preparing the cauliflower by thawing and seasoning it is essential for optimal air frying results.
  • Experiment with different seasonings and dipping sauces to customize your air fried cauliflower to your taste preferences.

Preparing the Frozen Cauliflower


Before I start cooking frozen cauliflower in an air fryer, I make sure to properly prepare it. Here are some essential tips for thawing and seasoning the cauliflower for optimal air frying results.


Thawing the Frozen Cauliflower


The first step in preparing frozen cauliflower for air frying is thawing it. I typically let the cauliflower sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or until it’s no longer frozen, but still cold. Alternatively, I will place the frozen cauliflower in a plastic bag and submerge it in a bowl of room temperature water for about 15-20 minutes. Once the cauliflower is thawed, I use paper towels to pat it dry and remove any excess moisture.


Seasoning the Cauliflower


Next, I season the cauliflower to enhance its flavor. I usually keep it simple with basic seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder, or I get more creative with spices like cumin and paprika. To evenly distribute the seasoning, I place the cauliflower in a large bowl and toss it with my chosen seasonings and a drizzle of oil.


Coating the Cauliflower


For a crispy and delicious result, I like to coat the cauliflower in a light batter before air frying it. To do this, I create a mixture of flour, cornstarch, and spices, and whisk in a small amount of water until a thick batter forms. I then dip the seasoned cauliflower florets into the batter and shake off any excess before placing them in the air fryer basket.


By following these simple tips for preparing frozen cauliflower, you can ensure that your air fried cauliflower turns out perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.


Seasoning and Coating the Cauliflower

Now that the frozen cauliflower is properly thawed and prepared, it’s time to add some flavor! I love experimenting with different seasonings and coatings to give my air fried cauliflower a unique and delicious taste.

One of my favorite ways to season cauliflower is with a simple mixture of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I toss the cauliflower in the mixture until each piece is coated, then place it in the air fryer basket.

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, try coating the cauliflower in breadcrumbs or panko for extra crunch. A mixture of parmesan cheese, paprika, and parsley also adds a tasty kick to the cauliflower.

Before air frying the cauliflower, it’s important to ensure that the seasoning and coatings are evenly distributed. You can do this by shaking the basket or using tongs to flip the cauliflower halfway through the cooking process.

Remember that the amount of seasoning and coating you use will depend on personal preference, so feel free to customize it to your liking. With a little creativity, you can turn a simple bag of frozen cauliflower into a delicious and nutritious snack or side dish!

Air Frying the Cauliflower

Now that the frozen cauliflower has been adequately prepared and seasoned, it’s time to air fry it. The ideal cooking temperature for frozen cauliflower in an air fryer is usually around 375°F. However, it’s best to consult your air fryer’s user manual for specific recommendations.

As for the cooking time, it typically takes around 15-20 minutes to cook frozen cauliflower in an air fryer. However, the exact cooking time may vary based on the size and quantity of cauliflower pieces and the air fryer’s wattage. It’s best to check on the cauliflower periodically and shake the basket to ensure even cooking.

To achieve the perfect level of tenderness and crispiness, it’s recommended to spray the cauliflower with a light coating of oil before air frying. This will help to enhance the texture and flavor of the cauliflower and prevent it from sticking to the air fryer basket.

Once the cooking process is complete, remove the cauliflower from the air fryer and serve immediately for optimal flavor and texture. Enjoy as a healthy snack or side dish!

Serving and Enjoying the Air Fried Cauliflower

Now that we’ve air fried our frozen cauliflower to crispy perfection, it’s time to enjoy it! Here are some ideas on how to serve and enjoy this nutritious and delicious snack or side dish:

Perfect Pairings: Dipping Sauces

One of the best things about air fried cauliflower is that it’s incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of dipping sauces. Here are some of my favorite dipping sauces for air fryer cauliflower:

Dipping Sauce Ingredients
Garlic Aioli Mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper
Buffalo Sauce Hot sauce, butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper
Ranch Dressing Sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, salt and pepper

Of course, you can always get creative and whip up your own dipping sauce using your favorite ingredients!

Plating Suggestions

Air fried cauliflower can be served as a snack or side dish, depending on your preference. Here are some plating suggestions:

  • Arrange the cauliflower on a plate and sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro.
  • Serve the cauliflower in a bowl with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream on top.
  • Add the cauliflower to a salad for an extra crunch.

Leftover Tips

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply pop them back in the air fryer for a few minutes until they’re heated through and crispy once again.


As someone who loves cooking with my air fryer, I was excited to experiment with frozen cauliflower. After following the steps outlined in this article, I can confidently say that cooking frozen cauliflower in an air fryer is not only easy, but yields deliciously crispy and healthy results every time.

Remember to properly prepare and season the cauliflower before air frying, and pay attention to the recommended temperature and cooking time. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your seasoning and dipping sauces to customize your air fried cauliflower to your taste preferences.

Give it a Try!

If you’re new to air frying or haven’t tried cooking frozen cauliflower in your air fryer before, I highly recommend giving it a try. Not only is it a convenient and healthy way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable, but it’s also a delicious snack or side dish that the whole family can enjoy.

Thanks for reading, and happy air-frying!


Q: Can I cook frozen cauliflower in an air fryer?

A: Yes, you can cook frozen cauliflower in an air fryer. It’s a convenient and healthy way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable.

Q: How do I prepare frozen cauliflower for air frying?

A: To prepare frozen cauliflower for air frying, you’ll need to thaw and season it. We’ll provide step-by-step instructions in our detailed guide.

Q: What seasonings work best for air fryer cauliflower?

A: There are various seasoning options you can use to enhance the flavor of your air fried cauliflower. We’ll explore different choices and techniques in our section on seasoning and coating.

Q: What temperature and cooking time should I use?

A: We’ll share the ideal cooking temperature and recommended cooking time for frozen cauliflower in an air fryer. Follow our guidelines to achieve the perfect level of crispiness and tenderness.

Q: How should I serve air fried cauliflower?

A: We’ll provide ideas on how to plate the air fried cauliflower and suggest delicious dipping sauces that complement its flavors. Plus, we’ll give tips on storing any leftovers for later enjoyment.

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