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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

pan full of freshly cooked buffalo cauliflower

Spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites


Transform cauliflower into a spicy, tantalizing treat with this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe. Perfect for those who love a kick of heat, these cauliflower bites are coated in buffalo sauce and air-fried to achieve a crispy exterior with a tender interior.

A healthier alternative to traditional buffalo wings, these bites are ideal for snacking, game day spreads, or as a flavorful side dish. Served with a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing, they're sure to be a hit with spice lovers.

Ingredients List - Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • Blue cheese or ranch dressing, for serving

  • Celery sticks, for serving

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare the Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add the cauliflower florets to the batter, tossing to coat evenly.

  2. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C) for about 3 minutes.

  3. Cook the Cauliflower: Place the battered cauliflower florets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don't touch for even cooking. You may need to cook them in batches. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the florets are golden and crispy.

  4. Toss with Buffalo Sauce: In a separate bowl, mix together the buffalo sauce and melted butter. Toss the cooked cauliflower bites in the sauce until well coated.

  5. Serve: Serve the buffalo cauliflower bites immediately, accompanied by blue cheese or ranch dressing and celery sticks on the side.

cutting board full of buffalo cauliflower

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • For a gluten-free version, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.

  • Adjust the heat level by using a milder or hotter buffalo sauce, depending on your preference.

  • These buffalo cauliflower bites can also be served as a vegetarian main dish, paired with a side salad or quinoa for a complete meal.

Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the batter for an extra layer of smoky flavor.

  • For a vegan version, use a dairy-free butter alternative and serve with a vegan ranch dressing.

  • Sprinkle the finished cauliflower bites with crumbled blue cheese or chopped fresh herbs for added flavor and presentation.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites offer a delicious, healthier alternative to buffalo wings, perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

  • Utilizing the air fryer allows for a crispy finish without the need for deep frying, making this dish lower in calories and fat.

  • A serving of these buffalo cauliflower bites, excluding dipping sauces, is approximately 150-200 calories, making them a guilt-free way to satisfy spicy cravings.


The Spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe is a crowd-pleaser for anyone looking to enjoy the bold flavors of buffalo sauce in a new, healthier way. Whether you're catering to vegetarians, trying to eat healthier, or simply love cauliflower, these spicy bites are easy to make and packed with flavor. Serve them up at your next gathering or enjoy them as a tasty snack or side dish to spice up your mealtime routine.



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