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Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Too hot to turn on the oven? Crank up your air fryer and make these delicious air fryer-roasted cauliflower Steaks. They have an amazing flavor and happen to be the perfect healthy meal for lunch or dinner on hot days like today.

 This is a great way to jazz up plain old cauliflower into a main dish everybody will enjoy! It's a low-carb meal that looks and tastes more like Parmesan Chicken than it does cauliflower! This versatile vegetable can be turned into anything, including these delicious steaks.

Cauliflower is such a versatile veggie and a fun way to get your veggie intake in. It's a great fiber intake also. You can dress cauliflower up in so many ways! One of my favorites is Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower. It tastes like buffalo chicken to me and is amazing in flavor.

Another great cauliflower recipe is Cauliflower Rice. You can dress it up or dress it down for the perfect rice dish. I turned mine into fried rice, but you can leave it plain if you want. It's a great low carb dish.

How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

For this recipe, take a head of cauliflower and remove the outer leaves. Slice it into 1/2″ thick slices with a sharp knife on a cutting board. You might have some florets that break off. You can either freeze those for later use or you can cook them up right alongside the steaks.

Make sure to preheat the air fryer. Mine has a griddle for the inside, so I used that. However, if your air fryer does not have one, no worries. They still cook the same way on the inside.

Ingredient List for Crispy Cauliflower Steaks

For this recipe you will need the following —

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of Grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, mix the spices with the olive oil. Brush the thick pieces generously with a pastry brush on one side and then place the steaks in the Parmesan. I had to use my hand to get mine to stick. Place the steaks Parmesan side down in a single layer and then baste the other side with the spices.

Cook The Cheesy Cauliflower Steaks

Add any remaining Parmesan and then air fry for 10 minutes at 450. Drop the temp down to 425 and air fry for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. The cooking time will vary depending on how thick you cut your slices.

You can also do this on a baking sheet with parchment paper in the oven if you don't want to use your air fryer or you don't have one. The cooking process is the same.

The steaks will be crispy on the outside and have beautiful crispy edges and tender on the inside. I like to serve mine with a delicious all-purpose dipping sauce. Of course, if you prefer meat instead of veggies, you can make this Air Fryer Ribeye which is also amazing.

Sprinkle on a little salt and black pepper to finish them off before serving.

These steaks are great as the main dish as a vegetarian meal or make a perfect side dish for ribs or chicken. Sprinkle on some fresh herbs at the end also to brighten the dish up even more.

Store any leftover cauliflower steaks in an airtight container. Just reheat them in the air fryer to crisp them back up before serving again.

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Yield: 6 servings

Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

These cauliflower steaks have the best flavor and they are baked right in the air fryer meaning no need to heat the house!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice the steaks about 1/2 to 1" thick. If pieces break off, don't worry -- you can still cook those and use them.
  3. Mix the olive oil and all the spices together (exclude the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese)
  4. Baste the steaks with the sauce. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Place the steaks cheese side down. Baste the other side with the remaining seasoning mix. Sprinkle on any remaining cheese.
  6. Bake in the air fryer at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 425 and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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Terri Bergeron klingman

Wednesday 26th of July 2023

Should air fryer be on ‘bake’ or ‘air fry’?

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 26th of July 2023

It should be on air fry.

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