Epic Crispy Cauliflower Bites

crispy cauliflower bites on a tan plate with an avocado dipping sauce in a bowl.

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These crispy cauliflower bites are completely irresistible. Golden brown, gluten free, and so so crunchy. This easy recipe makes a perfect appetizer, side dish, or healthy snack.


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  • 1 Large head of cauliflower (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Tapioca starch
  • 3 Tablespoons Cold water
  • 3 Tablespoons Gluten free Panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  1. On a cutting board, cut the cauliflower head into small florets (about 1 inch) with a sharp knife
  2. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set up your breading station
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together tapioca starch and water. Set that aside, and in another small bowl combine the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and Cajun seasoning
  4. Dip the cauliflower florets one at a time into the tapioca/water mixture, then coat in the panko blend, (make sure they're fully coated), and finally, place each piece on prepared baking sheet
  5. Repeat the breading process with the remaining florets
  6. Once all the pieces are coated, place half of the pieces in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Spray them generously with olive oil spray and cook at 400 degrees f for 8-10 minutes. They should look golden brown and feel crispy when touched.
  7. Use tongs or a flat rubber spatula to remove the first batch, and repeat the cooking process with the other half of cauliflower
  8. Once all the bites are cooked, serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!


  • Cut the cauliflower into equal size pieces
  • Make sure the pieces of cauliflower are fully coated in the tapioca mixture so the panko crumbs stick
  • When in the air fryer, liberally spray each bite with cooking spray so that they get super crispy
  • Air fry until they turn golden brown and feel crunchy when touched
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days
  • Reheat in the air fryer at 380 F for 3-4 minutes

Keywords: cauliflower bites, crispy cauliflower, cauliflower appetizers