Frozen Cauliflower in Air Fryer

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Want a quick and easy vegetable side dish to make? Frozen cauliflower in the air fryer is for you!

Ready in minutes and with basically no hassle, air fryer frozen cauliflower is a versatile side dish that goes with lots of different mains!

cooked cauliflower in bowl on wooden board
Frozen cauliflower in the air fryer is very easy to make

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you air fry frozen cauliflower, quickly read through these recipe tips:

  • You can vary the spices used to suit your tastes. We like to keep it simple with salt, pepper, and garlic powder but some people might want to some kick in the form of cayenne pepper.
  • Since every air fryer is different, these cooking times might vary slightly. It really depends on how brown you want your cauliflower on the outside.
  • Unlike with air frying fresh cauliflower, frozen cauliflower has quite a bit of moisture in it. As such, it is unlikely to get as crispy as unfrozen cauliflower. Just keep that in mind when you air fry so you don’t get disappointed.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For visuals instructions on how to make frozen cauliflower in the air fryer, you can follow the recipe photos below. This way, you can see how we made ours.

If you just want the cooking times and temperatures, you can skip to the bottom of this post to the recipe card without photos!

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Add the frozen cauliflower, oil, and spices to a bowl

First, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the meantime, add the frozen cauliflower florets to a bowl. Also add oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.

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Make sure the frozen cauliflower is evenly coated in oil and spices.

Toss everything together well until the cauliflower florets are evenly coated.

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Add the frozen cauliflower to the air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add the cauliflower and gently shake it until the cauliflower is in one even layer.

Make sure to not overcrowd your air fryer – otherwise, the cauliflower might not cook evenly.

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Cook the cauliflower.

Cook the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes until tender and lightly browned.

Depending on your preferred level of browning, you can also cook the cauliflower for a few more minutes.

Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes to allow for even cooking and browning.

Since every air fryer is slightly different, your cook time can vary a bit.

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A simple side of cauliflower.

When the cauliflower is done, remove it from the air fryer. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

You can store leftover cauliflower florets in a sealed container in the fridge.

It’ll last for around 3-5 days like this – but due to the moisture content, you’ll want to eat it sooner rather than later.

To reheat this cauliflower, you can toss them back in the air fryer or reheat it in the microwave.

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cooked cauliflower on bowl on wooden board

Air Fryer Frozen Cauliflower

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Cauliflower is an easy way to make a quick side dish. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this frozen veggie makes a nice, simple dinner side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen cauliflower florets
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In the meantime, add the frozen cauliflower florets to a bowl. Also add oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss everything together well until the cauliflower florets are evenly coated.
  3. When the air fryer is hot, add the cauliflower and gently shake it until the cauliflower is in one even layer. Make sure to not overcrowd your air fryer - otherwise, the cauliflower might not cook evenly.
  4. Cook the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Depending on your preferred level of browning, you can also cook the cauliflower for a few more minutes. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes to allow for even cooking and browning. Since every air fryer is slightly different, your cook time can vary a bit.
  5. When the cauliflower is done, remove it from the air fryer. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Don't overcrowd the air fryer. If you can't fit one pound of cauliflower into your air fryer without overlap, make less or cook it in two batches.
  • We have found that frozen cauliflower often ends up much softer than fresh cauliflower when made in the air fryer. If you don't want it to get overly soft, keep a close eye on it.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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