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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Air Fryer Cauliflower Buffalo Wings are amazingly crispy and full of spicy bold flavors. These vegetarian wings are easy to make at home without deep frying.

The 2 ingredients buffalo wing sauce makes these cauliflower bites lip smacking delicious. The authentic Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and butter create a flavor-packed glaze. It is LOVE at first bite !

Adults, vegetarians, and even meat lovers enjoy this recipe. And don’t be surprised if you notice kids gobbling them up too. They are addictive,  tasty and crispy !

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Best Party Appetizer

In my books, buffalo flavor is synonymous to game day appetizer. So serve it as a crowd pleaser party snack along with Spinach Artichoke Dip and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus.

You also can use these spicy cauliflower bites as a side to your favorite dinners. They pair well with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms and Miso Glazed Grilled Veggies.

Similar to Spicy Masala Roasted Chickpeas, these cauliflower wings are our favorite after school snack. We love it for movie night too.

If you love cauliflower as much as we do, try our Bang Bang Cauliflower Bites as well Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower recipes for scrumptious meals.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings

Thanks to the magic of air fryer cooking,  I love how crispy these cauliflower bites turn out without using much oil. They are moist and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Hello guilt free snacking !

Always awesome when delicious tasty food is little healthier and easier on the waist-line.

Don’t have an air fryer? I am including instructions in the recipe card for oven baked cauliflower wings as well.

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What are Buffalo Cauliflower wings

Buffalo cauliflower wings are a vegetarian alternative to traditional Buffalo Chicken wings. Instead of battered chicken, you use cauliflower florets.

This recipe is a great meat alternative for buffalo chicken wings and can be made gluten-free. I am including simple swaps to make it vegan and low carb keto friendly. This also is a fantastic way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies.

How to serve

Just like they do in the restaurants, serve these Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings with blue cheese and ranch dressings to dip into. I like to serve them along with cut up celery and carrot sticks as well.

An Overhead image showing serving platter full of buffalo cauliflower wings along with creamy dipping sauce and cut up veggies.

Ingredients :

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s the overview of what you need.

  • Cauliflower Florets : Cut the whole cauliflower into bite size florets leaving some stem intact for holding.
  • Breading Batter : All purpose flour, all purpose seasoning and smoked paprika whisked together with buttermilk. You can use regular any baking flour. I am using certified gluten free version. For seasoning, you can also use garlic powder and onion salt.
  • Buffalo Sauce / Glaze : Butter and Red Hot sauce

Ingredients used in making this recipe.

How To Make

Coat your air fryer basket or cookie sheet well with oil spray.

Melt the butter and whisk it together with red hot sauce to make the classic buffalo sauce.  Set aside.

Whisk the flour, spices and buttermilk together until it makes smooth batter without lumps. 

Dip the cauliflower into the batter, in batches. Once it coates the floret, lightly shake so the excess batter drops off.

After the cauliflower is fully coated, place it on a greased sheet pan. Be sure to drain as much batter as possible off the cauliflower before placing on the tray.

Spray some oil on the coated wings / florets.

Air fry at 375 ° F for 15 minutes. Check mid-way through and spray some oil over half cooked florets. When they appear golden brown,  they are done cooking.

After the cauliflower has cooked remove it.  Drizzle the buffalo sauce on it. Garnish as desired and serve warm immediately. Enjoy !

Process shot collage showing to prepare batter and bread the cauliflower wings.

How to bake cauliflower wings in the oven?

Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the coated wings as described above. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake them on the middle rack for about 20 minutes turning them halfway through.

For crisp baking, I like to use a crisper pan over the baking sheet. It helps air circulate better . If your oven has it, use a convection bake setting. 

Process shot collage showing how to air fry or bake the buffalo cauliflower wings.

How do you store cauliflower bites?

These taste best fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, put them in the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit  for 4-5 minutes.

What is the best buffalo cauliflower wings sauce?

Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce tops the list for popular wing sauce. You can also use Texas Pete, Anchor Bar or Crystal Hot Sauce. We also like Sweet Baby Ray’s and Buffalo Wild Wings sauce.

How to make this recipe vegan

Replace buttermilk with any plant based milk +1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
Use vegan butter spread or melted coconut oil instead of butter for the glaze.

Is this recipe suitable for Gluten-free diet?

Yes. I am using certified gluten free baking all purpose flour for breading the wings. So this recipe is suitable for gluten free diet.  

How do I make it keto friendly?

Use Almond flour instead of all purpose flour for breading.

Our Favorite Air Fryers :

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For a family of four, we extensively use Cuisinart Air Fryer / Toaster Oven Combo which has bigger steel air fryer basket. I also love my Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven. For small / individual servings Pranjali uses Ninja Foodie. We also love our Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid which gets multiple dishes in one go.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower wings are amazingly crispy, juicy and low calorie. These non fried vegetarian buffalo wings are full of spicy, tangy sauce and perfect for party appetizer or guilt free snacking.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower ( approx. 4 cups of florets)
  • 1 cup buttermilk.   ( for vegan - use plant milk + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar )
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour - I used gluten-free version
  • 2 tsp all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup Frank's red hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter  ( for vegan - use plant based butter spread or coconut oil )

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions :

Coat your air fryer basket or cookie sheet well with oil spray.

Melt the butter and whisk it together with red hot sauce to make the classic buffalo sauce.  Set aside.

Whisk the flour, spices and buttermilk together until it makes smooth batter without lumps. 

Dip the cauliflower into the batter, in batches. Once it coates the floret, lightly shake so the excess batter drops off.

After the cauliflower is fully coated, place it on a air fryer basket. Be sure to drain as much batter as possible off the cauliflower before placing it on.

Spray some oil on the coated wings / florets. Air fry at 375 ° F for 15 minutes. Check mid-way through and spray some oil over half cooked florets.

When they appear golden brown,  they are done cooking. Remove from the air fryer.  Drizzle the buffalo sauce on it. Garnish as desired and serve warm immediately. Enjoy !

How to bake cauliflower wings in the oven?

Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the coated wings as described above. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake them on the middle rack for about 20 minutes turning them halfway through. 

When they appear golden brown,  they are done cooking. Remove from the oven.  Drizzle the buffalo sauce on it. Garnish as desired and serve warm immediately. Enjoy !

For crisp baking, I like to use a cookie cooling rack over the baking sheet. It helps air circulate better . If your oven has it, use a convection bake setting. 

Notes

How to serve?

Just like they do in the restaurants, serve these Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings with blue cheese and ranch dressings to dip into. I like to serve them along with cut up celery and carrot sticks as well. 

How do you store cauliflower bites?

These taste best fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, put them in the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit  for 4-5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: about 5 wings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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