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Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites

You know those moments when you just crave something crunchy and a bit different? Us too. That’s where these crispy air fryer cauliflower bites come in.

We had a blast making these. They’re super simple and seriously delicious. Great for those afternoons when you’re just chilling and want something tasty to snack on.

We even tried different seasonings to keep things interesting. BBQ, buffalo, you name it. Trust us, this might become your new favorite snack. Super quick, super easy, and they disappear fast. Get ready to munch!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites

Here’s the lineup of what you’ll need to get these bad boys going:

  • Cauliflower: 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons to coat those florets and help them crisp up nicely
  • Panko breadcrumbs: 1 cup for that next-level crunch
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/4 cup grated, because cheese makes everything better, right?
  • Eggs: 2 large eggs, beaten (they’re the glue that holds it all together)
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika for that flavor explosion

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites

  • Don’t overcrowd: Make sure the florets are in a single layer in the air fryer. If you pile them up, they won’t get as crispy.
  • Shake it like a Polaroid: Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking to make sure all sides get evenly browned.
  • Spice it up: Want to kick it up a notch? Add some cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes to the breadcrumb mix.

Variations and Substitutions

Cauliflower not your thing? No worries! Substitute with broccoli florets or even Brussels sprouts. Love cheese? Swap out Parmesan for cheddar or a mix of your faves.

Gluten-free? Use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead of panko.

Go crazy with the seasonings! Lemon pepper, Cajun spice, or a sprinkle of Parmesan and parsley right before serving.

Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites recipe

Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Crispy, cheesy, and oh-so-easy cauliflower bites made in the air fryer. Perfect for snacking, as an appetizer, or even a side dish!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 216 kcal


  • Air-fryer
  • Two mixing bowls
  • Paper towels


  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  • Pat the cauliflower florets dry with a paper towel.
  • Beat the eggs in one bowl; mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in another.
  • Dip each piece of cauliflower into the egg, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place the florets in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until golden brown.
  • Serve hot with your choice of dipping sauce and enjoy!


Serving: 1cupCalories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 585mgPotassium: 508mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 235IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 2mg
Keyword air fryer, cauliflower bites
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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Andrew Gray

Friday 12th of July 2024

Healthy and tasty—perfect combo!