Go Back
+ servings
crunchy and crispy air fryer cauliflower

How To Make The Best Air Fryer Cauliflower

seriously addictive air fried cauliflower with Turkish style Yogurt sauce.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 410kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 ½ Cups Cauliflower Florets Cleaned and washed
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs Plain
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Kosher Salt Or to taste
  • ¼ Tsp. White Ground Pepper Or black pepper
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Paprika

For The Yogurt Sauce

  • ½ Cup Plain Yogurt
  • ½ Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt
  • Juice From ½ Lemon


  • Clean and wash the cauliflower then pat it dry. Cut the florets into small to medium sized pieces. Set the cauliflower florets aside.
    Milk and Eggs Mixture. Mix the milk and the eggs together in a large bowl. Whisk well to combine.
    Prepare the seasoning base. In a separate bowl (large), combine the bread crumbs, salt, ground pepper, paprika, and garlic powder together. Mix well and set aside.
    Blanch the Cauliflower. In medium size saucepan, bring about 2 cups of water to boil. Then add the cauliflower once the water starts to boil. Blanch for about 3-5 minutes. Fill free to work in batches if necessary.
    Remove the cauliflower from the water and set aside on a paper towel plate until cool enough to touch.
    List of ingredients on wooden board
  • Start the coating process. Once your cauliflower is cooled enough to touch, start the by transferring the cauliflower to the milk and eggs mixture.
    Next transfer the cauliflower to the breadcrumb mixture. Use a slotted spoon to help drain the milk.
    Coat the cauliflower with the bread crumbs mixture on all sides. Then transfer the eggs to the air fryer basket. Work in batches if necessary.
    Air fry the cauliflower for 10 minutes but no more than 12 minutes at 370 degrees.
    Serve with yogurt sauce and enjoy.
    step by step guide to make air fryer cauliflower
  • For the yogurt sauce. Combine the yogurt, garlic powder, salt, and lemon juice together. Whisk well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    yogurt sauce in glass container



  • Best to work in batches. It’s essential that you work in batches. Spread the cauliflower florets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving a little space between each one. If they’re too crowded, the florets may steam inside the air fryer, and they won’t get crispy. Work in batches if necessary.
  • Do NOT skip the blanching process. Blanching the cauliflower will ensure that it stays soft on the inside while crispy on the outside.
  • Keep cooking if not crispy yet. Every air fryer is different. We used our Crux air fryer for this recipe. The exact timing will vary based on your particular air fryer. We recommend checking your first batch around the 10 minute mark and adjusting your timing based on how they look at that stage. For our air fryer, 10 minutes was sufficient.
**** When printing the recipe, please unselect the camera so that the pictures are NOT printed with the recipe (if preferred).
Calories are estimated per serving. 
Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. See our full Privacy Policy. We may receive compensation by clicking on the links and or making a purchase.


Serving: 2People | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 1319mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 106mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 9mg