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Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks

Crispy air fryer cauliflower steaks with anti-inflammatory turmeric are a fun and effortless side. With a slightly charred outer edge, these steaks are low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan. SO easy to make and ready in less than 20 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer cauliflower steaks, air fryer recipe, vegan side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 70kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 cauliflower head medium-sized
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp sea salt adjust to taste
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes optional


  • Wash the cauliflower head under running tap water before cutting it. Trim the leaves and lop off the stem if it is long. Don’t cut the stem too deep or the slices will break when you slice the cauliflower. With a sharp knife, cut through the dead centre to get two halves. Finally, slice off thick 1″ slices from the two halves. A medium-sized cauliflower will make 4 steaks approximately.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 F and set the timer to 12 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, add the cooking oil, lemon juice, garlic, turmeric, salt, and chilli flakes. Whisk lightly.
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly brush on the marinade on the steaks, getting as much of the surface as you can.
  • Arrange the steaks in the inner basket of the air fryer. Make sure you place them in a single layer, not touching each other. Flip them halfway through the cooking cycle. Once the timer beeps, take them out and serve hot with your favorite entree.


  1. Don’t throw away the florets that break when you’re cutting the steaks. Gather them, brush them with any leftover marinade, and air fry these as well after you’re done with the steaks.
  2. Don’t crowd the steaks in the air fryer. They should be arranged in a single layer, not touching each other, ideally. This helps in even cooking and crisp results. Air fry them in batches if needed.
  3. This recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus, but the exact cooking time may vary slightly based on the air fryer you have. A good test of doneness is to insert a a fork in the centre of a steak. If it goes through without resistance, it’s cooked through.


Serving: 1steak | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg