Air Fried cauliflower with a kick of spice is a great side dish for a healthy and low carb meal. Or you an add your favorite sauce or spice blend to this air fryer cauliflower recipe.

Air Fryer Sriracha Cauliflower in a basket

Air Fryer Cauliflower Recipe

This is another one of those crazy simple recipes that came together super quick. Again, we needed a quick vegetable for dinner and as always, there’s always cauliflower or broccoli in the fridge. This time, with an existing oven roasted sriracha recipe in our collection, making air fried cauliflower was even easier.

Video: Air Fried Cauliflower Recipe:

Air Fryer Sriracha Cauliflower on a serving platter

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower

Seriously, you don’t need to use that much oil to get crispy and delicious cauliflower in the air fryer. The flavors, crispy texture and simplicity of our air fryer sriracha cauliflower are terrific.

  • Use fresh cauliflower, it tastes so much better than frozen! The cauliflower can get the crispy edges way better than thawed frozen cauliflower.
  • Sriracha is the most popular hot sauce but there’s other options as well. Korean Gochujang is a great option as well as chili garlic sauce. All these have a delicious umami flavor.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of garlic powder, onion powder or your favorite spice blend.
  • Top with a handful of chopped cilantro, parsley or fresh basil as an optional topping.
  • After you cook your first batch, you’ll know the best timing that works for your air fryer and personal taste.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
Air Fryer Sriracha Cauliflower Recipe Healthy Air fried Recipe @whiteonrice

Crispy Air Fryer “Roasted” Sriracha Cauliflower

Make sure to gently shake or toss the cauliflower halfway through cooking. This will make sure the cauliflower get crispy evenly.
4.75 from 20 votes


  • 1 (1) small head of cauliflower (about 1 1/2 lbs. – 680g), cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) sriracha  or any hot sauce


  • In large bowl combine olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sriracha hot sauce.
  • Add cauliflower and toss with the marinade. Keep stirring the cauliflower so that it completely soaks up all the marinade (there shouldn’t be any marinade pooling at the bottom of the bowl still).
  • Pour cauliflower into air fryer basket and spread evenly in the basket.
  • Air Fry at 360°F for 12-18 minutes, shake or gently turn half way. Serve warm and enjoy.


Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 1897mg, Potassium: 2109mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin C: 347.4mg, Calcium: 150mg, Iron: 3.3mg

What To Serve with Cauliflower?

These are great on their own as a low carb snack. They’re also perfect as a side dish to rice, pasta or grilled meats. How about making cauliflower tacos? or in a quesadilla? We tried it and the results were fantastic. The possibilities are endless with healthy cauliflower.

There was very little clean up and we devoured this side dish like no body business. We pretty much made a dinner out of it with our bottle of sauvignon blanc. It doesn’t take much to make us happy for dinner. As long as there’s great flavor accompanied by a well chilled bottle of wine, we’re good to go.

If you haven’t experienced cooking with an air fryer yet, put it on your to-do list. We wrote about cooking with the air fryer previously here with lots of detailed info.


-diane and todd

Our Favorite Air Fryer Tools

Evo Oil Sprayers
Evo Oil Sprayers

We LOVE the Evo Oil Sprayers. Great for grilling, air frying, and everyday cooking. They don’t clog up like many others we’ve bought. There’s different styles, but all seem to have the same great spray head. Works great for grilling!

Perforated Silicone Mat
Perforated Silicone Mat

Square Mats or Round Mats depending on your needs. Perforated non-stick silicone mats minimize food sticking in your air fryer or steamer. Holes allow the hot air to circulate, cooking quick & even.

Perforated Parchment Sheets
Perforated Parchment

Parchment sheets make clean up easy and minimize sticking food in your air fryer or bamboo steamer. Choose from different sizes, shapes, white and brown (unbleached). Holes allow air to cook food evenly.

What is the Best Air Fryer?

We have 15 different air fryers, all different brands and we definitely have our favorites.

Here’s our extensive write up on Air Fryer World’s Best Air Fryer Guide. There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt. range & the 5-6 qt. range.  There’s oven style and basket style. With so many to choose from, we highlight the ones that are most popular for small to medium sized families. Here’s our favorites:

Good Mid-Sized Air Fryers

The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is great for clean up. Easily cooks 2-3 servings of fish & meat.

Great ceramic coated basket for easy clean-up. Super powerful fan that often cooks food hotter & faster than other air fryers.

Good Larger Air Fryers

One of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size for about 4 servings. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites.

Instant Pot Brand makes air fryers. The Vortex plus 9-in-1 is beyond the conventional air fryer. Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Rotisserie, Roast and Re-heat.