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Crispy Parmesan Baked Cauliflower | Instant Pot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer Recipe

It’s crispy, healthy, delicious & tastes like crustless pizza…

I’m not kidding when I say this tastes like pizza of course without the crust. Crispy breaded cauliflower topped with tomato sauce & golden crispy cheese, perfect vegetarian appetizer. Those who hate cauliflower are going to love this.

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Crispy Parmesan Baked Cauliflower | Instant Pot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer Recipe
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
  • Cauliflower- 1 head, sliced
  • Egg- 1
For making flour mix
  • All-purpose flour- ⅔ cup (or use almond flour)
  • Breadcrumbs- ¼ cup
  • Paprika- 1 tsp
  • Italian seasoning- 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder- ½ tsp
  • Dried oregano- 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- ¾ tsp
  • Parmesan cheese, grated- ¼ cup
For making sauce
  • Tomato paste- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup- 1 tbsp
  • Water- 3 tbsp
  • Italian seasoning- 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- 1 few pinches
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
For topping
  • Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
  1. I've taken 1 medium-sized cauliflower.
  2. Immerse the cauliflower in warm water for 10 minutes, if there are any tiny bugs in the cauliflower they will be released into the water. Rinse under running water.
  3. Pat dry with a kitchen paper towel.
  4. Half the cauliflower & then slice it vertically- 1-inch slice.
  5. If the cauliflower breaks apart into florets, don't worry we can bake the florets as well.
  6. In a bowl, add all the ingredients mentioned for making the flour mix. Combine well.
  7. In another wide bowl, crack an egg & beat well using a whisk.
  8. First, dip the cauliflower slices or florets in the beaten egg.
  9. And then dip in the flour mix & coat well. Keep aside on a plate.
  10. This can be made ahead of time & kept in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  11. I'm using my Instant Pot duo crisp & air fryer to bake the cauliflower.
  12. You can also use an air fryer or bake in an oven.
  13. Place the stainless steel pot into the main pot, place the air fryer basket in it, place the broil tray in the air fryer basket.
  14. Line the broil tray with parchment paper.
  15. Place the breaded cauliflower slices & florets.
  16. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  17. Close with the air fryer lid.
  18. Select the bake setting. Set temperature to 350 F or 175 C, time 15 minutes.
  19. After 15 minutes of baking, open the lid.
  20. Cauliflower will not be baked perfectly, we will do another round of baking after topping with sauce & cheese.
  21. In a bowl, add all the sauce ingredients & combine well.
  22. Spread the sauce over the baked cauliflower slices & dip the florets in the sauce & place on the parchment paper.
  23. Top with parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
  24. Close with the lid.
  25. Select bake, the temperature should be 350 F or 175 C. Time 8 minutes.
  26. After 8 minutes of baking, the cheese will turn golden & crispy & the cauliflower will be baked perfectly.
  27. Transfer to a plate & enjoy right away.
  28. Tastes & smells like pizza, crispy & delicious goodness. Enjoy!



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...