Air Fryer Cauliflower with Herbs and Lemon is made with fresh parsley and thyme and squeezed with tangy lemon. Air fried for just 12 minutes, this cauliflower makes an easy, healthy and delicious side dish. Customize it with your favorite mix of herbs.
Making air fried cauliflower is incredibly simple! Whether you are tossing it in herbs and spices or a scrumptious sauce, the cook time and temperature remain the same.
When cooking air fryer cauliflower, remember these primary variables.
Temperature: 400°F (204°C)
Time: 12 minutes (or more for larger florets)
Turn Halfway? Yes
Oil Needed? Yes for getting herbs and seasonings to stick / No if using a sauce
Whether you're new to the air fryer or a pro looking to try new recipes, I hope you are enjoying the air fryer as much as I am. It makes cooking healthy, easy, and less stressful. I use my Instant Pot air fryer almost every day, especially when it's too warm outside to turn on the oven!
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes to Try
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Air Fryer Baby Potatoes
- Air Fryer Pita Chips
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders - Pecan Crusted
- Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
🥬 Ingredients and Substitutions
A little olive oil and lemon and lots of salt, pepper and fresh herbs are all it takes to bring out the flavors of this air fried cauliflower.
While this recipe uses a mix of fresh parsley and thyme, you can use your favorite seasonings or sauce.
Cauliflower has a mild taste. It takes on the flavors or the seasonings it's cooked with, so make sure to use plenty of them. Cauliflower is versatile and goes well with nearly any herb, sauce, and seasoning.
There is no need to change the air frying time if swapping out ingredients.
Herb Pairings for Cauliflower
- Italian blend
Use fresh, dried, or lightly dried herbs.
The general rule of thumb is to use one-third the amount of dried herb for the fresh herb called for. For example, if the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, use 1 tablespoon dry parsley. If a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, use 1 teaspoon dried.
Other Seasonings for Cauliflower
- garlic (powder, salt, minced)
- chili pepper
- cajun seasoning
- dry ranch seasoning
- jerk seasoning
- nutritional yeast
Sauces Ideas for Cauliflower
- honey garlic
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
First, wash the cauliflower and cut it into ½ to 1 inch pieces. Dry them as best you can.
Then toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs/seasonings. If using a sauce, there is no need to use olive oil.
Add cauliflower to the basket or tray of the air fryer. Set to 400° Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. Toss at the halfway mark.
Remove cauliflower from the air fryer and squeeze with lemon. Serve and enjoy!
Air Fryer Cauliflower with Herbs and Lemon
- air fryer
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped into ½ inch pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp fresh thyme
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1 lemon
- Wash, dry, and cut the cauliflower.
- Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs.
- Add to the basket or tray of the air fryer. Set to 400° Fahrenheit (204°C) for 12 minutes. Toss halfway through.
- When done, remove from air fryer and squeeze with lemon. Toss and serve.
Air fryer cauliflower will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days. This makes it great for meal prepping or planning ahead. Reheat in the air fryer or microwave.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and will let me know how it turned out in the comments below.