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Air fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings are a zesty, low carb vegetarian way to satisfy your wing cravings. Cauliflower florets get coated in spicy, bold buffalo sauce for a snack or appetizer you’ll adore. Making this tasty treat in your air fryer allows you to enjoy slightly crisp tender take on the classic without the added calories of deep frying.

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Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings

 What are Buffalo Cauliflower wings

Buffalo cauliflower wings are a vegetarian alternative to traditional Buffalo wings and a fantastic way to get even picky eaters to eat more veggies.

Instead of pieces of battered chicken, this appetizer uses wholesome cauliflower florets. Like with our orange cauliflower, a light batter coats the cauliflower pieces before they are air fried to perfection and tossed with buffalo sauce.

The result is a tasty, spicy appetizer or snack you’ll love and one of our very favorite air fryer recipes to make.

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings

Why you’ll love these cauliflower wings

If you love the big, bold flavor of buffalo sauce, you’ll love these vegetarian wings.

These are a delicious and wholesome way to satisfy any of your spicy cravings.

And you’ll feel great serving this to your family because they are getting a healthy dose of good for you cauliflower in each and every bite! 

Ingredients

When you are read to make these buffalo cauliflower wings in the air fryer, you’ll need to get:

  • Small head of cauliflower -  broken into bite sized pieces.
  • All-purpose flour - you can substitute with almond flour for a keto friendly version 
  • Paprika powder -  If you want even hotter wings, you can use chili powder instead
  • Garlic powder -Garlic powder is used to give this dish that extra kick without using fresh garlic.( fresh garlic will burn while air frying)
  • Onion powder - Adds extra punch!
  • Salt & pepper - Use as much or as little  as you’d like
  • Cup Water - helps create the batter
  • Buffalo Hot Sauce - used for both the glaze and the batter for the wings
  • Butter - for the glaze (Use unsalted butter for this recipe).

How to make in Air Fryer

step by step instructions Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings

  • First, wash the cauliflower head and cut it into roughly even sized florets. As you prepare the florets, make sure to preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Next, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper) in a bowl.  Once the dry ingredients are ready, whisk in water until the batter has no lumps. Finally, add 2 tablespoons of buffalo hot sauce and mix until well combined

step by step instructions Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings

  • Next, add the fresh cauliflower florets to the batter and mix well to evenly coat the florets with batter.
  • Coat an air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray and then add battered florets to the air fryer basket in a single layer. 
  • Air fry them at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. You may need to do multiple batches to prevent them from touching each other.

step by step instructions Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings

  • Meanwhile, prepare the buffalo wings glaze for the cauliflower by mixing the buffalo hot sauce and melted butter. When ready, set it aside until the florets are done.
  • Once the cauliflower is done cooking, carefully transfer them to a large bowl. When ready to serve, cover with sauce and then toss to coat.

Serve immediately with celery sticks, your favorite dipping sauce, side of bread, or nothing at all!

How to bake Buffalo Cauliflower

If you don’t have an air fryer or just want to make all the florets at once, you can easily use your oven instead. Here’s how.

  • First, wash the cauliflower head and cut it into roughly even sized florets. As you prepare the florets, make sure to preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Next, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper) in a bowl.  Once the dry ingredients are ready, whisk in water until the batter has no lumps. Finally, add 2 tablespoons of buffalo hot sauce and mix until well combined
  • Next, add the fresh cauliflower florets to the batter and mix well to evenly coat the florets with batter.
  • Once coated, spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and place the cauliflower florets in a single layer on the sheet. If needed, you can use more than one sheet.
  • When ready, bake in your preheat oven 450°F for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the buffalo wings glaze for the cauliflower by mixing the buffalo hot sauce and melted butter. When ready, set it aside until the florets are done.
  • Once the cauliflower is done cooking, carefully transfer them to a large bowl. When ready to serve, cover with sauce and then toss to coat.

Serve immediately with celery sticks, your favorite dipping sauce, side of bread, or nothing at all!

 buffalo cauliflower wings

Pro tips and tricks

Buffalo cauliflower is pretty easy to make in the air fryer or oven. Here are some tips to help ensure you get crispy wings every time:

  • Make sure to leave some space between the florets. This helps make sure they get crispy and cook evenly.
  • If you use your oven, make sure you preheat it for 20 minutes to make sure it is evenly heated.
  • Serve the cauliflower wings immediately from the air fryer or oven. They taste best when they are fresh and hot.
  •  For Gluten-Free Baking Flour: Use 1-to-1 baking flour for accurate portions.

 buffalo cauliflower wings

How to serve

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings are great on their own. We often serve them with blue cheese or ranch dressings or if you like it more spicy try it with our Sriracha aioli  to dip into. You can also slice up celery and carrots as a good way to reduce the heat.

Our crispy falafel recipe and Onion Bhaji - Onion Pakoda also both go great with these cauliflower wings. You could also serve them with other baked breads, like naan. If you use naan, you can make a sort of wrap out of them the way we do with our falafel wrap

Another great way to cut down on heat is to serve them with our dinner rolls. The cabs in baked goods help to settle the stomach and cool down your mouth between bites.

 buffalo cauliflower wings

How do I make it less spicy?

We love our cauliflower wings on the spicy side, so we use regular hot buffalo sauce or hot sauce. Often times, you can find milder versions of buffalo sauce in the same area you find hot sauce. When you use one of the milder flavors, it should cut down on the heat some. For a more mild version, replace the hot sauce with honey mustard, barbecue sauce, or ketchup.

You can also skip or avoid using any black pepper. When you add black pepper, it makes the wings hotter.

 buffalo cauliflower wings

Is this a vegan recipe?

We do not use egg in this recipe, but for the glaze, we do use butter. Butter helps give the sauce a slightly creamier texture and taste. 

If you want to make this vegan, you can easily substitute equal amounts of olive oil or vegan butter for the regular butter. 

How do I make it keto friendly?

We use all purpose flour. To make it keto, you can substitute the all purpose flour with almond flour. 

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buffalo cauliflower wings

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings are a zesty vegetarian way to satisfy your wing cravings. Cauliflower florets get coated in spicy, bold buffalo sauce for a snack or appetizer you’ll adore. Making this tasty treat in your air fryer allows you to enjoy slightly crisp tender take on the classic without the added calories of deep frying.

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower (cut into florets) approx. 4 cups of florets.
  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour / Almond flour for keto diet
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Buffalo Hot Sauce
  • 3/4 -1 Cup Water {Add more if needed}

Ingredients for Buffalo Wings Glaze

  • 5 tablespoon Buffalo Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Wash the cauliflower head and cut them into florets.
  2. In a mixing bowl - combine all dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, onion
    powder, paprika, salt, black pepper) then whisk in water until batter has no
    lumps. add 2 tablespoon buffalo hot sauce and give a nice mix.
  3. Add fresh cauliflower florets to batter and mix well to evenly coat with
    batter.
  4. Coat air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray, then add battered
    florets to air fryer basket in a single layer. Also, try to keep them from
    touching so that all sides can get direct heat.
  5. Air fry them at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or Bake in a Preheat oven 450°F for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the buffalo wings glaze for the cauliflower. Mix Buffalo
    Hot Sauce, melted butter and set it aside.
  7. Once cauliflower is done cooking, transfer to a bowl. When
    ready to serve, cover with sauce, then toss to coat.
  8. Serve IMMEDIATELY with celery sticks and your dipping sauce
    of choice, or none. Enjoy!

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Kaye Kerr-Callaghan

Sunday 17th of October 2021

thanks,worked great in my new air fryer, really easy and yummy recipe

Soniya Saluja

Monday 18th of October 2021

Hey Kaye, thanks for sharing your feedback with us

Janet

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

I'm confused. In your air fryer instructions you say to heat the oven to 450 then a few steps later you say to heat the air fryer to 375. Also I've never purchased Buffalo sauce. What brand? All the ones I looked at were high in salt and/orsugar. Thank you. I'm eager to make these!

N smith

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

@Janet,

I think you need to read it again. It gives clear instructions

Air fryer OR oven.

Angela

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have had this as an appetizer at a local restaurant and loved it. It cooks up so fast and easy in the air fryer.

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

My family is going to love this, thank you for the recipe!

Dannii

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

What a delicious way to eat cauliflower. I love all the flavours.

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