Air Fryer Roasted Frozen Cauliflower

YieldPreparation timeCook timeTotal time
2 servings 2 minutes 18 minutes 20 minutes

This recipe for air fryer frozen cauliflower is ideal for everyone since it is healthy, and you can eat it as a side dish or appetizer. However, if you prefer to purchase seasoned frozen cauliflower or flavor it yourself, here are some easy and super quick steps.

Ingredients

  • 450 g/1 lb frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon chicken seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ground black pepper (optional)

Optional: for a stronger taste use ground black pepper instead of chicken seasoning, or use both. Personally, I like chicken seasoning for veggies.

Equipment

Instructions

1. Remove the cauliflower florets from the freezer. Do not thaw them.

2. Place them into the air fryer basket/rack, set the temperature at 380ºF (193ºC) and fry for 9 minutes. Avoid stuffing the basket. Next, drain the liquid that remains below the basket.

3. After pulling the basket, spread buttermilk over the cauliflower florets and sprinkle with chicken seasoning. Flip everything over to combine all flavors and cook evenly. This step is so they can better absorb the seasonings after they have thawed.

4. Place the basket back, fry for 9 minutes. Keep an eye on it depending on how you like the cauliflower and the air fryer power.

5. Serve your air fryer frozen cauliflower and enjoy!

Can you air fry frozen cauliflower?

Yes, you can fry any type of vegetable, whether it’s fresh or frozen. Using an air fryer helps you not only to fry healthier than ever but also to roast or bake. This is why it’s a great option to have in your kitchen.

If you go to the grocery store, you can pick up your favorite brand and style of cauliflower. Here is a list of what you’ll find:

  • Birds eye, cauliflower florets.
  • Birds eye, parmesan peppercorn cauliflower.
  • Birds eye, cauliflower, garlic seasoned.
  • Green giant, cauliflower riced veggie.
  • Sprouts, buffalo style cauliflower bites.
  • James farm, florets cauliflower florets.

Other cauliflower products are as follows:

  • P.F. Chang’s, Kung Pao cauliflower.
  • Green giant, cauliflower gnocchi.
  • Green giant, cauliflower veggie tots.
  • Green giant, cauliflower riced veggie.
  • Green giant, cauliflower ranch with bacon, veggie fries.
  • Green giant, cauliflower, pizza crust.
  • Strong roots, hash browns, cauliflower.
  • Tattooed chef, buffalo cauliflower burgers.
  • Trader Joe’s, riced cauliflower stir fry.

If you want to save time by not removing all florets from the head, you always have choices at the grocery store. As you’ve seen, there are many types of frozen cauliflower to choose from, although if you prepare it yourself you can also add other vegetables like broccoli or carrots. In addition to these, they can be stuffed with cheese or simply seasoned according to taste.

How to make frozen cauliflower in the air fryer?

Simple and quick, this method works like this:

  1. First, do not thaw the frozen cauliflower florets, place them directly in the air fryer basket/tray.
  2. Cook at 380ºF (193ºC) for 18 minutes, flipping them halfway through or shaking the basket to ensure an even cooking. Midway through the cooking process, season them with salt, butter, ground black pepper, and chicken seasoning if you like.
  3. Serve your air fryer frozen cauliflower and enjoy immediately!

For those who want to reheat frozen buffalo cauliflower wings, place them directly into the basket and heat them up. Then, simply serve and enjoy.

It is also possible to prepare air fryer frozen cauliflower in Chinese style (riced cauliflower) or Indian spicy style (with curry), you just have to find the right ingredients and prepare it how you like it.

Can you use frozen cauliflower for wings?

Cauliflower can be used to prepare veggie wings. Use the same recipe as for buffalo chicken wings. In reality, these are not real wings, but when you bite for the first time, your mouth will get used to the taste of this vegetarian substitute.

How long do you cook frozen cauliflower in the air fryer?

It might take 12 to 18 minutes at 380ºF (193ºC), depending on the power of the air fryer. During that time, you can check the cooking process until they are cooked to your liking. Consider this work for florets, but for rice cauliflower, it may take less time.

Can you roast frozen cauliflower?

Sure, you can roast the frozen cauliflower in your air fryer. Even this vegetable does not need to be thawed before cooking. Simply, add it to the air fryer basket or tray, then set the right temperature (e.g. 400ºF=204ºC, for 16-18 minutes) and press start. As the ice melts, some water will remain, so you will have to drain it during the midpoint of the process. After draining, place the basket in the air fryer again and proceed with the cooking process.

Overall, it will take about 18 minutes, but remember that each equipment has its own power.


Air Fryer Roasted Frozen Cauliflower

This recipe for air fryer frozen cauliflower is ideal for everyone since it is healthy, and you can eat it as a side dish or appetizer. However, if you prefer to purchase seasoned frozen cauliflower or flavor it yourself, here are some easy and super quick steps.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, air fryer, cauliflower, frozen food
Servings: 2
Calories: 32kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 450 g frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon chicken seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ground black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  • Remove the cauliflower florets from the freezer. Do not thaw them.
  • Place them into the air fryer basket/rack, set the temperature at 380ºF (193ºC) and fry for 9 minutes. Avoid stuffing the basket. Next, drain the liquid that remains below the basket.
  • After pulling the basket, spread buttermilk over the cauliflower florets and sprinkle with chicken seasoning. Flip everything over to combine all flavors and cook evenly. This step is so they can better absorb the seasonings after they have thawed.
  • Place the basket back, fry for 9 minutes. Keep an eye on it depending on how you like the cauliflower and the air fryer power.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Calories were estimated using an online nutrition calculator. As a rough guide, it is not intended to replace the advice of a professional dietitian. The exact values can vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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