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Air Fryer Cauliflower Steak

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Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Cooking Temperature360 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

If you’re looking for a tasty and flavorful vegetarian dinner option, you should give air fryer cauliflower steaks a try.

Seasoned with a few spices and some oil, these steaks come out lightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside! And they taste even better with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top.

You can serve these cauliflower steaks with all kinds of side dishes, such as mashes potatoes, rice or quinoa, roasted vegetables, and/or salad!

two cauliflower steaks on white plate with silver forks beside.
Air fryer cauliflower steaks turn out crispy and flavorful.

Ingredients

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The ingredients needed for this cauliflower steak recipe.

To make this recipe for cauliflower steaks in the air fryer, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Cauliflower – Use a fresh, large head of cauliflower with compact, unblemished florets.
  • Olive oil – Helps the cauliflower crisp up and adds flavor. Alternatively, you can use avocado oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil.
  • Granulated garlic – Or garlic powder; to add some garlic flavor.
  • Paprika – For extra flavor and color. We use sweet paprika, but you can use hot paprika or smoked paprika if you prefer.
  • Salt – Enhances the overall flavor.
  • Black pepper – For a hint of spice.
  • Turmeric – Adds a warm, earthy flavor and extra color; feel free to omit it if you don’t like turmeric.
  • Parmesan cheese – For extra flavor; you can also use nutritional yeast for a vegan option.

Recipe Tips

  • Choose a head of cauliflower that is suitable to be cut into steaks – preferably a fresh, large head with compact florets and no blemishes.
  • Cut the steaks into uniform slices so they cook evenly.
  • You can cut the rest of the cauliflower into smaller pieces, toss in some of the leftover marinade, and air fry when the steaks are done.
  • Be sure to place the cauliflower steaks in the air fryer in a single layer. If they overlap, they may not cook evenly.
  • The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the cauliflower steaks, your air fryer, and personal preference.
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Step by Step Instructions

This section of the post will show you exactly how to make air fryer cauliflower steaks. We’ve included the process photos so that you can follow along at home.

Otherwise, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you will find the detailed recipe card.

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Cut the cauliflower into steaks.

First, preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.

Meanwhile, cut the cauliflower head into steaks, about 1 inch thick. You will probably get two intact steaks from the center of the head.

two cauliflower steaks on plate with seasonings brushed on top.
Brush the cauliflower steaks with the oil and spice mixture.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, granulated garlic, paprika, black pepper, and turmeric (optional).

Using a silicone brush, brush both sides of the cauliflower steaks with the oil and spice mixture.

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Place the cauliflower in the air fryer.

Next, arrange the cauliflower steaks in the preheated air fryer basket. They should not overlap.

two cooked cauliflower steaks in round black air fryer tray on counter.
The cauliflower steaks should be tender and crispy.

Cook at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes, then carefully flip them over and sprinkle evenly with grated Parmesan cheese.

Air fry for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender and crisp. If you prefer a crunchier texture, you can reduce the cooking time by a few minutes.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the cauliflower steaks, your air fryer, and personal preference.

large crispy cauliflower steaks on white plate with chopped green parsley.
Enjoy the cauliflower steak while it is warm and crispy.

Serve the cauliflower steaks warm with fresh herbs and side dishes of your choice. You can also sprinkle a little more grated Parmesan cheese on top if you like. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have leftovers, let them cool and then store them in a sealed container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 3-4 days.

Cauliflower and moisture do not mix well, so the steaks will become softer over time. That’s why we’d recommend eating them sooner rather than later.

You can reheat the cauliflower steaks in the air fryer to draw out some of the moisture and regain some crispiness.

Of course, you can also reheat them in the oven or a pan on the stove with a little bit of oil.

Related Recipes

If you liked these cauliflower steaks, here are some other vegetarian air fryer recipes that you may enjoy:

two crispy cauliflower steaks on white plate with two forks beside.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Steak

These Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and seasoned with a simple blend of oil and spices! It's a tasty vegetarian dinner idea.
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/3 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated; more to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, and spices. Cut the cauliflower head into steaks, about 1 inch thick. You will probably get two intact steaks from the center of the head.
    1 head cauliflower, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/3 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Using a silicone brush, coat both sides of the cauliflower steaks with the oil and spice mixture.
  • Arrange the cauliflower steaks in the preheated air fryer basket. They should not overlap.
  • Cook at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes, then carefully flip them over and sprinkle evenly with grated Parmesan cheese. Air fry for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender and crisp. If you prefer a crunchier texture, you can reduce the cooking time by a few minutes. The exact cooking time can vary.
    1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • Serve the cauliflower steaks warm with fresh, chopped herbs, some more grated Parmesan cheese (optional), and side dishes of your choice.

Notes

  • Choose a head of cauliflower that is suitable to be cut into steaks – preferably a fresh, large head with compact florets and no blemishes.
  • Cut the steaks into uniform slices so they cook evenly.
  • You can cut the rest of the cauliflower into smaller pieces, toss in some of the leftover marinade, and air fry when the steaks are done.
  • Be sure to place the cauliflower steaks in the air fryer in a single layer. If they overlap, they may not cook evenly.
  • The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the cauliflower steaks, your air fryer, and personal preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 891mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 139mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Yuliia is a photographer based in the UK. Having a large family, she was excited to discover the air fryer two years ago. It has been her indispensable assistant ever since! She loves experimenting with air fryer recipes and cooking something new for her family.

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