Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

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These crispy cauliflower bites are baked in an air fryer to create a golden crust while keeping them soft and tender on the inside.

Whether you are trying to make healthier choices or cut down on meat consumption, cauliflower is a great food to turn to. Cauliflower doesn’t have to be bland. It is versatile and can be used to make cauliflower pizza, side dishes, salads, and air fryer buffalo cauliflower.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

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When you’re craving the flavors of buffalo chicken wings but don’t want to eat meat, try this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe. A fun way to spice up your life is by adding some extra flavor!

The recipe is super simple and requires minimal cleanup. It just requires a few pantry ingredients. Enjoy it with a side of bleu cheese or ranch dressing! You can use your favorite buffalo sauce or make your own using our recipe.

Once you have these delicious bites ready, pair them with some bleu cheese dressing and celery sticks for a delicious and healthy snack that everyone will love. This recipe is low carb and keto-friendly, so it’s an excellent option for those who are health conscious. It’s a delicious snack that will leave your taste buds begging for more.  

Ingredients

Cauliflower

Cut one head of cauliflower into small florets.

Almond Flour

You can use any flour for this recipe, but I highly recommend using almond flour as a gluten-free option.

Buffalo Sauce

The spicy buffalo sauce coating on cauliflower florets makes this an incredible snack or appetizer.

I’m using homemade buffalo sauce in this recipe. It includes Frank’s hot sauce, ghee, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, salt, paprika, and garlic powder.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe Buffalo sauce

Hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)

You can substitute other hot sauces, but Franks Red Hot Sauce is the perfect sauce to make buffalo sauce. Your taste and tolerance for heat will determine the amount of sauce you use. If you prefer a milder cauliflower, use less hot sauce.

Celery sticks for serving (optional)

Once the buffalo cauliflower is baked, you can serve it with whatever side you like. While celery sticks are a traditional accompaniment, you could also serve the cauliflower on a bed of carrots or cucumbers—or any other vegetables.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

It is a healthier vegetarian alternative to chicken wings. And if you’re looking for a healthy snack that will satisfy your cravings for something savory and spicy, then this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe is for you!

Check out this recipe below and see how easy it is to make these delicious bites at home.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Ashland Course: Appetizers, Dinner, LunchCuisine: Vegetarian, AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower
  • 1 head cauliflower

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 cup chopped green onion (optional for garnish)

  • Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 cup franks hot sauce

  • 2 tbsp ghee

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the almond flour, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and salt together.
  • In a separate bowl, crack and mix the eggs.
  • Prep a cutting board by laying down parchment paper. Create a food station. The station will go cauliflower > almond flour > egg > almond flour mix and baking sheet. Continue this pattern until all cauliflower pieces are coated and ready for the air fryer.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees F for 3 minutes. Spray with oil. (I use ghee spray)
  • Place each cauliflower piece inside the air fryer, making sure none of them lay on top of each other.
  • Air Fry for 12 minutes, checking them at 6 minutes and flipping them around to the other side.
  • During this time, start prepping the buffalo sauce. In a saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients and heat on high. Make sure to simmer the sauce, and do NOT let it boil. Let it simmer, often stirring – while the cauliflower is cooking.
  • After the air fryer is complete, pour the buffalo sauce into a separate bowl. With tongs – place each cauliflower bite into the sauce, coating as desired. Once you dip in the sauce, put it on your serving platter.
  • Top the cauliflower bites with green onions and serve with your favorite dipping sauce! You can never go wrong with a creamy side of ranch, YUM! Enjoy!

Why Air Fryer?

The air fryer will become your go-to method for making buffalo cauliflower! With very little oil and many flavors, this is an easy, healthy way to make buffalo cauliflower in the air fryer.

Air fryers aren’t exclusively for French fries anymore! It’s a great way to cook/bake crispy vegetables on the outside but tender on the inside. It is especially true with cauliflower florets.

Air-fried vegetables have less fat than traditional deep frying methods, yet they taste like they were deep fried because they become crispy on the outside yet tender and juicy inside. A perfect low-carb appetizer!

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FAQs:

Can I make my own buffalo sauce?

Yes, absolutely! The homemade version of the buffalo sauce is often healthier than bottled versions because it doesn’t have preservatives or chemical colors added.

The secret ingredient for creating that signature buffalo sauce flavor? Franks hot sauce. You can use any kind you like—I like Frank’s Red Hot because it has just enough heat without being overpowering.

How long should you bake buffalo cauliflower?

The cauliflower is baked in the air fryer for about 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway, making sure it gets nice and crispy without being too greasy. The trick to getting that golden, crusty cauliflower texture is using a spritz of ghee/oil in the air fryer before popping cauliflower florets in the air fryer.

Is the air fryer buffalo recipe gluten-free?

This recipe is made using gluten-free flour (almond flour) and gluten-free hot sauce such as Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. In case you are following a gluten-free diet, double-check the ingredients before purchasing. If you are making your own sauce, use coconut aminos.

Can the cauliflower be deep-fried or baked instead?

Yes, you can fry or bake these cauliflower wings. The recipe is just as delicious with those cooking methods, but the air fryer cooks the cauliflower faster and more evenly.

What is Oil & Oil Sprayer Best for the Air Fryer?

You will probably only use 1-2 tablespoons of oil for this recipe, so feel free to go with whatever you want. I prefer using ghee spray because it has a high smoke point (meaning I can heat it at higher temperatures). Olive and coconut oil are also great options but won’t be able to withstand as high of heat.

How to store Air Fryer buffalo cauliflower leftovers?

Leftover buffalo cauliflower can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For best results, reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 390 degrees F or until warmed through and crispy.

Final Words:

Chicken wings are delicious, but they might not be the healthiest choice. It’s hard to avoid the deep-fried wings, which can leave you with an upset stomach, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Use your Air Fryer to make a healthy alternative to wings for the big game.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

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