These Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks are tender inside with crispy outer edges and a delicious seasoning consisting of maple syrup, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, salt, and olive oil.
These cauliflower steaks are the perfect plant-based side dish or appetizer for your favorite dipping sauces. They’re incredibly easy to make while being vegan-friendly, low-carb, and gluten-free.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AIR FRYER CAULIFLOWER STEAKS
Cauliflower steaks are delicious plant-based alternatives to regular steaks. They are easy to make and are great for those following a ketogenic diet since cauliflower is naturally low in carbs.
These cauliflower steaks can be enjoyed as an appetizer or side dish.
CAN I STORE LEFTOVER CAULIFLOWER STEAK?
Yes, you can. Leftover cauliflower steak can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. I don’t recommend freezing leftover cooked cauliflower as this will affect the texture of the cauliflower.
Reheat leftover cauliflower steaks at 350F in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes.
IS CAULIFLOWER HEALTHY?
Absolutely! Cauliflower is low in carbs, high in dietary fiber, and loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Cauliflower is a great alternative to high-starch foods, such as potatoes and rice – perfect for those trying to reduce their carb intake and lose weight.
HOW SHOULD I CUT CAULIFLOWER FOR CAULIFLOWER STEAKS?
Remove the inedible leaves from the head and cut the cauliflower in half down the center.
Cut the cauliflower into slices. A 1-inch thick slice is a good thickness, and you should get about 2-3 steaks from half a head of cauliflower.
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH AIR FRYER CAULIFLOWER STEAK?
Serve these cauliflower steaks with rice, quinoa, potatoes, salad, and roasted vegetables. You could also pair this cauliflower steak with grilled meat if you don’t need to keep the meal vegetarian.
Serving these air fryer cauliflower steaks as appetizers with a side of Chipotle mayonnaise is a great idea!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COOKING CAULIFLOWER STEAKS IN THE AIR FRYER?
Cooking cauliflower steaks in an air fryer prevents the cauliflower from drying out while cooking the cauliflower evenly. The air fryer also adds a delicious crispy exterior on all sides of the steak due to the air circulation in the basket.
WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE TO THIS RECIPE?
- Avocado oil can be used instead of olive oil.
- Change the flavor of your cauliflower steak by using different seasonings, such as Cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, or fajita seasoning.
- You can use a medium or large cauliflower head for this recipe, depending on how big you want the steak and what is available.
- Cook these cauliflower steaks in the oven at 400F for 20-30 minutes or until tender inside and crispy outside.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese to the seasoning mixture for a delicious cheesy flavor.
- Add a kick of heat to these cauliflower steaks by using cayenne pepper, red chili powder, or smoked paprika.
TIPS FOR MAKING AIR FRYER CAULIFLOWER STEAK
- Flipping the cauliflower steaks halfway through the cooking time will ensure an even cook on all sides and a crispy exterior.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. This will only steam the cauliflower steaks, and they won’t get that delicious crispy exterior. Leave enough space around the single cauliflower steaks to ensure sufficient air circulation in the air fryer.
- Be gentle handling the cauliflower steaks when flipping them, as they are quite fragile and could fall apart.
- 1 Cauliflower ½
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1 Tspn Salt
- 1/2 tspn Black Pepper
- 1 tspn Garlic powder or fresh garlic
- 1 tspn Paprika 1
- 1 Tbs Maple syrup or honey
- In a small cup add all of the spices, olive oil and maple syrup. Mix the mixture well.
- Wash the cauliflower and cut into steaks (usually 3-4 steaks)
- Brush the cauliflower steaks with your spice mixture. Pre-heat air fryer to 385°F.
- Place the steaks in air fryer for 12-15 minutes.
- Keep cooking until desire doneness. Remove the steak from the air fryer. Add favorite greens. Serve.
This article originally appeared on Food N Service and was syndicated by MediaFeed.
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