Air fryer makes these nuggets fast, fat-free and flavourful
I have a new Gourmia air fryer and I’m slightly obsessed with cooking all the things in it. I was a little skeptical at first but after my first batch of sweet potato fries turned out really well, I was hooked. I’ll have more air fryer recipes coming your way soon but for now I’m delighted to start you off with this one. These cauliflower nuggets are irresistibly delicious, with their crunchy exterior and lick-your-fingers-clean sauce. You can easily coat the cauliflower nuggets and refrigerate them until you’re ready to cook, if you’re a make-ahead kind of person like I am. You can also bake these bites in a conventional oven for 20 – 25 minutes at 400F if you prefer. If you like this dish, I highly recommend you try my roasted cauliflower with spicy peanut sauce which you can also prepare in an air fryer or conventional oven.
- 1 small head cauliflower
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup (90 mL) honey
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup (90 mL) water, divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) Sriracha (or more, to taste)
- 2 teaspoons (10 mL) cornstarch
To garnish: sesame seeds and finely chopped green onions or chives
- Preheat air fryer to 400F.
- Cut cauliflower into bite-sizes pieces (about 1 inch/2.5 cm).
- Put beaten egg in one bowl and Panko in a second bowl.
- Dip cauliflower pieces in egg then roll in Panko until evenly coated; place on a baking sheet until they are all coated.
- Carefully transfer half of the coated cauliflower pieces to the air fryer’s basket, placing them in one layer with a little bit of space between each one. Re-insert the basket into the machine. Set the timer for 15 minutes.
- Check after 15 minutes to see if cauliflower bites are golden brown on the outside. Cook for up to 5 minutes more if needed.
- While cauliflower cooks, prepare sauce by putting honey, garlic, 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the water, soy sauce and sriracha into a small pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 5 minutes, put remaining 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of water and cornstarch in a small bowl; stir to blend, then add to sauce in pot. Increase heat and stir as mixture comes to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, until thickened, then remove from heat.
- Shake cooked cauliflower out of the airfryer basket onto a clean baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until the second batch is cooked, following the above process.
- Transfer all the cooked cauliflower onto a serving platter and drizzle the sauce over top. Add garnishes if desired and serve hot.
Serves 2 – 3 people as a main course or 6 – 8 as an appetizer.
Note: I received a Gourmia Air Fryer to test, but ideas and opinions are, as always, my own.