Breaded Garlic & Cheese Cauliflower

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For a delicious and simple side or appetizer, you need to make this breaded garlic and cheese cauliflower recipe. You can make it up in about 30 minutes and have a great-tasting and healthy side dish for dinner. 

I am always looking for great ways to incorporate vegetables into our meals that everyone will enjoy and this got raving reviews. The combination of the cheese and garlic is fantastic. 

You can find even more appetizers in my YouTube video air fryer appetizers.  


Ingredients and Supplies Needed to Make Breaded Garlic & Cheese Cauliflower:

garlic and cheese cauliflower ingredients in their respective bowls


  • Cauliflower florets 
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Grated parmesan cheese or shredded sharp cheese
  • Panko Italian crispy bread crumbs 


  • Medium microwave bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Colander
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Oil sprayer or nonstick cooking spray
  • Air fryer (Cosori Pro II is hands down my favorite)
  • Wooden spoon


Can I Use Minced Garlic?

While you can use minced garlic instead of garlic powder, the garlic flavor won’t be as well distributed when you use minced garlic as it could be with garlic powder. 


garlic and cheese cauliflower in the air fryer

Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Cauliflower? 

You can use either! Since you begin by heating the cauliflower before you mix it into the bread crumbs you would just have to heat the cauliflower longer than you would if it’s raw. 


What Type of Bread Crumbs Do You Use? 

When making this recipe I like to use Italian bread crumbs because they do give a lot of great flavor. But, you can also use panko crumbs or even plain bread crumbs. 


How to Make Breaded Garlic & Cheese Cauliflower:

Step 1: Cook the Cauliflower

uncooked cauliflower florets in a medium bowl with plastic wrap covering the bowl

Place the chopped cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl with the water and then cover it with plastic wrap, and cook it on high in the microwave for about 6 minutes. 

Then drain the water from the cauliflower and set it aside.  


Step 2: Mix Up the Garlic Mixture 

cooked cauliflower florets seasoned with garlic mixture

Use a small bowl and pour the 2 tbsp of melted butter, along with garlic powder and salt and mix it all together.  

After it is all mixed together, toss in the cooked broccoli and then sprinkle on the grated parmesan cheese or shredded sharp cheese and try and coat it all together.


Step 3: Heat the Bread Crumbs

cooked cauliflower in a medium bowl next to cooked breadcrumbs in butter and seasonings inside a stovetop pan

Now, place the remaining butter into a pan with the bread crumbs and then heat it all together over medium heat. 

Make sure to stir consistently until the bread crumbs are a golden brown color, which should take about 6-8 minutes or so. 


Step 4: Mix it All Together

seasoned cauliflower with breadcrumbs and a spatula in a medium sized bowl

Once the breadcrumbs have been browned, mix them into the seasoned cauliflower until they are completely coated. 


Step 5: Cook the Cauliflower

seasoned cauliflower florets in a single layer in the air fryer basket

After the cauliflower has been mixed in the bread crumbs, place the cauliflower into the air fryer basket and spray it lightly with oil. 

roasted and air fried cauliflower florets in an air fryer basket

Now turn the air fryer on 350F or 175C for 20 minutes or until it is all golden brown, stopping to stir it halfway through. 

Then serve it warm and enjoy! 


More Recipes to Make With Cauliflower 

Cauliflower has definitely become more popular over the last few years and for good reason! You can make some tasty meals and sides with it and still get some great nutrients. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to use cauliflower in the air fryer.

Cauliflower Recipes:

roasted air fried cauliflower florets inside an oblong serving dish

Final Thoughts

Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring! With this breaded garlic and cheese cauliflower dish is such a great way to get amazing flavor while still eating a beneficial veggie dish. I also like that this could be served as an appetizer too!

What are ways you like to make vegetables fun and tasty?


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Breaded Garlic & Cheese Cauliflower

Enjoy all of the delicious flavor with none of the guilt with this breaded garlic and cheese cauliflower recipe.
4.67 / 5 ( 3 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4



  • 6 cups Cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese or shredded sharp cheese
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs


  • In medium microwave bowl place cauliflower and water, cover & cook on high for 6 min. Drain.
  • In small bowl mix 2 tbsp of the melted butter, the garlic powder & salt. Pour over cauliflower in the bowl, stir carefully until coated, sprinkle with cheese.
  • Carefully stir to coat, heat the remaining butter & the bread crumbs over medium heat in a pan, cook for 6-8 minutes, stir constantly until golden brown.
  • Remove from pan & stir the bread crumbs into the cauliflower.
  • Put in the air fryer & spray lightly with oil.
  • Set air fryer at 350 °F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring at the halfway point.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 483mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

Recipe From Viewer: Bobbie Martz

Ingredients: Bread Crumbs, Butter, Cauliflower, Garlic Powder, Parmesan
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Side Dish, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Vegetables, Air Fryer

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