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Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower

Crispy Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower is a work of art! Packed with flavor and cooked to crispy perfection, this simple recipe pairs famously with just about any main dish. Keep it on constant rotation to have a good vegetable option at your fingertips.

This curry cauliflower recipe was inspired by my Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower, which was an instant hit when I posted it.

Air fryer cauliflower in a white bowl with a golden napkin to the side, sprinkled with fresh parsley.

For all those times you need a simple yet delicious vegetable side dish, this curry air fryer cauliflower recipe has your back!

A downside to cauliflower that can easily be turned into an upside, is it has a very subtle flavor. 

While the lack of flavor may seem boring for some, I take it as an opportunity to throw a colorful array of flavors at it and see what sticks.

For me, this easy Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower recipe is one of those no-brainer side dishes that everyone can enjoy. 

It is perfectly seasoned, tender yet crispy, and results in such a delicious result that I may have to call it addicting.

Truly, it may just be your new favorite way to consume cauliflower! The crispy edges and bold flavor are what do it for me!

While I haven’t tested it on children yet, I’m willing to bet this is a stellar avenue to get kids to eat a vegetable. If you have children, let me know how they react in the comments section below!

The umami, savory flavors along with the curry seasoning is just perfect for those who love Thai or Indian-inspired cuisine in this delicious side dish.

Finished curry cauliflower in an air fryer

Let’s discuss the fresh ingredients needed to make this vibrant curry cauliflower recipe.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower:

Fresh Cauliflower: A fresh head of cauliflower is the star of the show. This recipe feeds two to four people, depending on how much vegetation you consume. Feel free to double the recipe using two heads of cauliflower to serve more individuals.

Avocado Oil: A splash of avocado oil protects the cauliflower from burning during the air frying process, ensures it cooks evenly, and also helps contribute to the flavor and delicious outer crisp. If you prefer using extra virgin olive oil, feel free to make the switch.

Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce: Bringing umami flavor and savory flavor to the cauliflower, liquid aminos or soy sauce is a big ticket item in leveling up the deliciousness of this dish. Use coconut aminos for a soy-free option that is paleo friendly.

Curry Powder: The supporting actor! Yellow curry powder is what contributes the curry flavor to the cauliflower and makes it so inviting. Swap it for ground turmeric, Cajun seasoning, red chili powder, or any other spice blend or seasoning blend you prefer.

Sriracha: Red chili sauce, or sriracha gives this simple cauliflower recipe a little kick to round out the flavor palate. Don’t worry, the amount listed in the recipe card does not result in overly spicy cauliflower.

In fact, the spice isn’t very perceptible but the flavor brings a nice nuance. Increase the amount of sriracha if you want more spicy flavor. 

Garlic Powder: Because garlic powder makes everything taste bigger and bolder, we throw some in. Why not? If you have onion powder on hand and want to bring it out to play, feel free to do so.

Salt and Black Pepper: Add salt and black pepper to your personal taste. Remember, the liquid aminos (or soy sauce) already has a decent salt content, so try the cauliflower before going wild with adding salt.

Now that we have the simple ingredients list down, lets make this easy air fryer cauliflower recipe!

Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower Recipe in a white bowl, sprinkled with parsley, ready to serve.

How to Make Air Fryer Cauliflower:

In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together the avocado oil, liquid aminos, sriracha, garlic powder, curry powder, black pepper, and sea salt until well-combined.

Seasonings and oil for curry cauliflower in a measuring cup.

Rinse the cauliflower well under water and pat it dry with paper towels or a kitchen towel.

Two heads of cauliflower for casserole

Use a sharp knife to chop the head of cauliflower into small florets, discarding the thick stems. Transfer the cauliflower florets to a large mixing bowl.

Pour the seasoned oil mixture over the cauliflower and toss everything until the florets are well-coated.

Pouring the oil and seasonings over the cauliflower.

Preheat the Air Fryer to 375 degrees F.

Transfer half of the seasoned cauliflower (or all of it if your basket is big enough) to the air fryer basket, making a single layer for best results.

raw cauliflower in an air fryer, ready to go into the air fryer.

Air fry for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is crispy and has reached your desired level of doneness.

Repeat for the remaining cauliflower (if needed).

Serve air fryer cauliflower with any main dish, and enjoy!

Close up shot of curried cauliflower in a white bowl.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Optional Additions:

If you’d like to step it up a notch, shower the crispy cauliflower with parmesan cheese when it’s fresh out of the air fryer.

Serve it up with ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, chipotle aioli or your favorite dipping sauce for an unforgettable appetizer.

Replace the liquid aminos with Franks RedHot to make air fryer buffalo cauliflower.

Try this exact recipe with broccoli to make air fryer broccoli.

This curry cauliflower recipe pairs nicely with Crispy Air Fryer Asian Chicken Thighs, Greek Chicken Breasts, Air Fryer Chicken Wings, Greek Frittata, and Easy Beef Bulgogi.

How Long To Air Fry Cauliflower:

The exact cooking time depends on how crispy you like your cauliflower and the size of the cauliflower florets.

Keep in mind different air fryers may yield different results, but in general, 7 to 10 minutes at 375 is what you need for perfect air fryer cauliflower.

Smaller florets will become crispy quicker, and larger florets will need more time.

So here we are! One healthy recipe richer and a perfect side dish for our arsenal of tasty tricks to pull out when we need a pile of veggies in our lives.

A low carb easy side dish with basic ingredients to bring out the next time you’re entertaining guests or are looking for healthy snacks.

Horizontal photo of curry air fryer cauliflower in a white bowl with a serving spoon.

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I hope you love this easy vegetable side dish and that the whole family enjoys these crispy cauliflower bites.

If you make and love this recipe, feel free to leave a 5-star review in the recipe card below, and always feel free to leave a comment.

Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower Recipe in a white bowl, sprinkled with parsley, ready to serve.
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Crispy Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower

Quick, easy, crispy Air Fryer Curry Cauliflower is a winning side dish that pairs nicely with almost any main dish! Perfectly tender yet crunchy cauliflower for the most delicious healthy side.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dishes & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Julia

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sriracha optional
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder*
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together the avocado oil, liquid aminos, sriracha, garlic powder, curry powder, black pepper, and sea salt until well-combined.
    Seasonings and oil for curry cauliflower in a measuring cup.
  • Rinse the cauliflower well under water and pat it dry with paper towels or a kitchen towel.
  • Use a sharp knife to chop the head of cauliflower into small florets, discarding the thick stems. Transfer the cauliflower florets to a large mixing bowl.
    Raw chopped cauliflower in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the seasoned oil mixture over the cauliflower and toss everything until the florets are well-coated.
    Pouring the oil and seasonings over the cauliflower.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 375 degrees F. Transfer half of the seasoned cauliflower (or all of it if your basket is big enough) to the air fryer basket, making a single layer for best results.
    raw cauliflower in an air fryer, ready to go into the air fryer.
  • Air fry for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is crispy and has reached your desired level of doneness. Repeat for the remaining cauliflower (if needed).
    Finished curry cauliflower in an air fryer
  • Serve air fryer cauliflower with any main dish, and enjoy!

Notes

*You can swap the curry powder for ground turmeric to make Turmeric Air Fryer Cauliflower.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving (of 4) | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

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