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Air fryer cauliflower tots

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
Crisp on the outside, tender-cheesy on the inside, and full of mild cauliflower flavour, these jumbo veggie tots are sure to be a hit with the family. They start with convenient pre-riced cauliflower, which we microwave until tender and then mix with mozzarella, egg, and seasonings. The mixture is then formed into tots shape and rolled in tortilla chip crumbs for that crunchy exterior. A quick stint in the air fryer ensures maximum crispiness—but you can also bake the tots at 425°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with ketchup, if desired.


Cooking spray

5 spray(s)

Uncooked cauliflower rice

12 oz, refrigerated fresh (not frozen)

Tortilla chips

38 gm, sea salt flavour recommended

Egg whites

1 serving(s), lightly beaten and divided

Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

½ cup(s)

Garlic powder

½ tsp(s)

Kosher salt

¼ tsp(s)

Cayenne pepper



  1. Place the cauliflower rice in a medium microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on High for 4 minutes. Carefully uncover the bowl, and spread the cauliflower onto a double layer of paper towels. Let stand until cool enough to handle, 3 to 5 minutes. Gather up the edges of the paper towels; squeeze over the sink to extract as much liquid as possible.
  2. While the cauliflower cooks, place the chips in a mini food processor; process until the chips are finely ground and resemble coarse meal. Spread the crumbs onto a plate.
  3. In the same bowl the cauliflower cooked in, whisk the egg white; stir in the cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cauliflower mixture. Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions, shaping each into a tater tot shape. Gently dredge the tots in the tortilla chip crumbs (if tots break apart, simply reform them and reroll in crumbs).
  4. Preheat an air fryer, if necessary, to 400°F. Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Arrange half of the cauliflower tots in the basket; coat with cooking spray. Air-fry until browned, firm, and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and repeat the process with the remaining tots.
  5. Serving size: 4 tots