Make fork tender cauliflower or freshly sliced cauliflower steaks with easy, no fuss, no mess pressure cooking! The Ninja Foodi “all in one” makes for an easy 3 minute pressure cooker time with a delicious air frying finish – smother in cheese sauce, add some Everything Bagel Seasoning, or simply eat right off the fork for a healthy, perfectly done side dish any time.
The Ninja Foodi, my very favorite pressure cooker, is a slow cooker, steamer, pressure cooker, air fryer all in one and its fantastic. You can take whole heads of artichokes, cauliflower, broccoli and enjoy fresh delicious veggies in nearly no time, with no work, at all. Lets get started!
NINJA FOODI CAULIFLOWER INGREDIENT LIST
For the longest time I kept seeing people roast cauliflower in the oven. Its such an intriguing thing to get whole raw veggies, without any prep, and throw them in the oven for a side dish.
It doesn’t need to be a holiday or a special meal to make up this awesome simple cauliflower side dish. Personally I like to just make cauliflower and enjoy for a savory and healthy lunch.
The problem with large veggies, like heads of cauliflower, is that it takes FOREVER. Or at least it seems like it does. Who wants to wait 50 minutes to an hour to steam or roast through a big thick head of cauliflower? Which is why I wanted to share my trick to getting the same results as an oven baked version but in half the time with a pressure cooker.
Here are the 3 Ingredients needed for perfectly Roasted Cauliflower in a Ninja Foodi! Scroll down for the full measurements and instructions.
- Medium Cauliflower Head
- Olive Oil – either spritz or to baste
- Seasoning – like garlic salt, Everything Bagel Seasoning
How to use the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker for Cauliflower
This tender roasted recipe was completed in a 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi 9-1 cooker.
- To get started, add one cup of water in the gray ceramic bowl of the pressure cooker.
- Add black Air Crisp Basket.
- Insert whole head of Cauliflower.
- Add pressure cooker lid and SEAL VENT.
- Pressure cook Cauliflower on LOW for 3 minutes. You may wonder why only 3 minutes – the pressure cooker itself will build up pressure and the actual time the cauliflower is in the pressure cooker will vary as it builds up and then begins the 3 minute count.
- Carefully QUICK RELEASE.
- Once pressure is released and lid unlocks, remove the pressure cooker lid.
- Dump out excess Water (carefully!)
Air Fryer Cauliflower (Roasted!)
- This is the second step roasting the top of the Cauliflower and should only be implemented after pressure cooking is completed.
- Spritz or baste on olive oil to head of cauliflower.
- Add any seasoning you like – I prefer a garlic salt, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or Lowry seasoning salt.
- Finish cauliflower by Air Frying (Air Crisp) 10 minutes on 400 degrees until top is slightly golden and flavored.
- Remove head with tongs and carefully cut or enjoy as is. Should be fork tender!
What is head of Cauliflower served with?
Need a main dish recipe to serve along side your pressure cooked cauliflower? Try this easy chicken and rice bake recipe, Ritz cracker chicken, copycat Alice springs chicken, or perfect cheesy asparagus stuffed chicken.
What is Everything Bagel Seasoning?
Everything Bagel seasoning is what it sounds like – a bit of everything! It includes poppy seeds, toasted sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, and salt.
Why the Nina Foodi All In One?
Right now I am really building up and sharing my Ninja Foodi recipes. I LOVE working with it and its become a staple in my home, and I hope yours. If you do not own a pressure cooker but want dinner to be easy and fast, you really should consider the investment. From Air Fryer Salmon to Air Fried Oreo Beignets, when they say “all in one”, they mean it!
What I like about the Ninja Foodi is that I can pressure cook, saute, slow cook, air fryer – literally all kitchen tools in one. I have found that this machine products the best results in an instant and having tested the Instant Pot, Vortex, and the Ninja Foodi, I ADORE this machine.
Ninja Foodi Line of Products
The Ninja Foodi 6.5 quart is used in this recipe, but did you know that the NF has a whole line of awesome kitchen products?
- Ninja Foodi Blender – Meet the Ninja Foodi blender with heat-iq. Combines high-speed crushing with a precision-heat cooking blender to go beyond smoothies and frozen drinks to unlock natural flavors with heat. With the push of a button, heat fruit, melt chocolate, and toast spices to create perfectly customized craft drinks. We have this and I LOVE it.
- Ninja Foodi 6.5 Quart 9 in 1 Cooker – The Ninja Foodi—The pressure cooker that crisps. Pressure cooker, air fryer, tender crisper. As seen here!
- Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill – The Smart XL grill that sears, sizzles, and crisps. Indoor countertop Grill and Air Fryer. We have this and I find it more complicated to use.
- Ninja Foodi Toaster Oven – The ultimate meal making machine with 8 in 1 functionality: Air fry, air roast, air broil, bake, bagel, toast, dehydrate, and keep warm all in one powerful 1800 watt appliance
I love hearing your feed back, so if you tried and enjoyed this recipe or altered it and loved it, please share in the comments!
- Medium Cauliflower Head
- Olive Oil - either spritz or to baste
- Seasoning - like garlic salt or Everything Bagel Seasoning
Making a Cauliflower Head in a Pressure Cooker
- Add one cup of water in the inner Ceramic bowl of the pressure cooker.
- Add Air Crisp Basket inside Ceramic Pot.
- Place whole Cauliflower into Air Crisp Basket.
- Add Pressure Cooker lid to Ninja Foodi.
- Seal VENT closed.
- Pressure Cook Cauliflower on LOW for 3 minutes. The pressure cooker will cook the cauliflower as it builds pressure, which is why the timing is so low.
- Once completed, QUICK RELEASE the vent (carefully).
- When pressure is gone, open lid.
- Remove air crisp basket (use gloves) and dump out excess water (carefully!) from inner pot.
Air Fryer Cauliflower
- This is the second step!
- Spritz or baste olive oil on head of cauliflower.
- Add any seasoning you like - I prefer a garlic salt, Everything Bagel, or Lawry seasoning salt.
- Finish roasting cauliflower by Air Frying (Air Crisp with Ninja Foodi) on 400 degrees for 10 minutes, until slightly golden and flavored.
- Remove Cauliflower with tongs and carefully slice or enjoy as is. Should be fork tender!
Smother with this 5 minute homemade cheese sauce for a real treat.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 432mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.