Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

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Craving a game day snack and looking for a vegetarian option? Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings are a must-try!

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this buffalo cauliflower in the air fryer makes the perfect snack or vegetarian game day appetizer that even meat-lovers will enjoy!

orange cauliflower wings covered in sauce in bowl with dipping sauce beside
Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings are so good!

Recipe Tips

Before you make these air fryer cauliflower wings, read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best results!

  • This recipe only works if the batter is quite thick. In our article on how an air fryer works, we recommend not cooking anything with a batter. This recipe is an exception in the sense that this batter is very thick and therefore doesn’t run much. Extra runny batter, like pancake batter, is a definitely no-no in the air fryer.
  • The size of the cauliflower florets will impact cooking time. If you leave them larger, they will need a little longer to get soft on the inside.
  • When placing the battered cauliflower florets into the air fryer, make sure that they are not touching. You want them to actually get crispy and not stick together.
  • We use Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce for this recipe but you can use any buffalo sauce you like.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the complete instructions for how to make cauliflower wings in the air fryer, you can stay in this section and follow the recipe process photos.

This way, if you’ve never made buffalo cauliflower bites before, you can see just how we made them!

If you just want to get started with your cauliflower buffalo wings in the air fryer and don’t like visuals, you can skip to the bottom of this post to the recipe card.

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Rip the cauliflower into smaller florets.

Cut or rip the cauliflower into smaller florets. Try to get them roughly the same size.

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Mix the dry ingredients together.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper

measuring cup of milk over top of wet batter in red bowl below
Add the milk.

Then slowly add the milk while whisking.

red mixing bowl of wet batter with metal whisk stirring
Make sure there are no flour lumps.

Keep whisking until there are no lumps in the batter. The mixture should have a pretty thick consistency so don’t add any extra milk!

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl.

Now add the cauliflower florets into the bowl with the batter.

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Gently mix the florets around.

Gently stir the florets in with a large spoon until they are all covered in batter.

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Place the battered cauliflower bites into the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add as many battered cauliflower florets into your air fryer as you can fit without them touching.

We usually make this amount of florets in two batches.

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Cook the cauliflower florets until tender and the batter is crispy.

Cook the battered cauliflower for 8-10 minutes total until tender and the batter is cooked and crispy.

Flip the florets approximately halfway through the cooking time. If you try flipping the florets and the batter sticks to the air fryer too much, cook them a minute or two longer first and then try flipping again.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on the size of cauliflower florets and your air fryer.

While you wait for the cauliflower to cook, whisk the buffalo sauce with the melted butter in a smaller bowl or glass measuring cup and set this mixture aside.

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Add the buffalo sauce to the cauliflower bites.

When the cauliflower bites are done, remove them from the air fryer, put them in a small bowl for now, and make the second batch.

Repeat until all the cauliflower bites have been cooked.

Now, place all the cooked cauliflower wings together in a large bowl, drizzle the buffalo sauce mix on top, and gently toss until the cauliflower bites are evenly covered in the sauce.

orange buffalo cauliflower bites in blue bowl with dipping sauce
These buffalo cauliflower bites are so delicious.

Serve the buffalo cauliflower “wings” right away and enjoy!

Storage Tips

Once you make buffalo cauliflower bites in the air fryer, you’ll want to eat them hot, fresh, and crispy.

The sauce will make the outer breading a little soggy over time so they don’t keep too well (and especially in the fridge since the moisture of the cauliflower makes them mushy).

If you do have leftovers, keep them in a sealed container in the fridge but eat them sooner rather than later.

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If you liked these flavorful cauliflower wings, check out these other tasty air fryer vegetarian snacks or appetizers!

orange buffalo cauliflower bites in blue bowl with dipping sauce

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are crispy and delicious! Made from fresh cauliflower florets and a simple batter, these vegetarian buffalo "wings" make a great snack or appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, medium-sized
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Cut or rip the cauliflower into smaller florets. Try to get them roughly the same size.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Then slowly add the milk while whisking. Keep whisking until there are no lumps in the batter. The mixture should have a pretty thick consistency so don't add any extra milk!
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Add the cauliflower florets into the bowl with the batter. Gently stir the florets in with a large spoon until they are all covered in batter.
  5. When the air fryer is hot, add as many battered cauliflower florets into your air fryer as you can fit without them touching. (We usually make this amount of florets in two batches).
  6. Cook the battered cauliflower for 8-10 minutes total until tender and the batter is cooked and crispy. Flip the florets approximately halfway through the cooking time. If you try flipping the florets and the batter sticks to the air fryer too much, cook them a minute or two longer first and then try flipping again. The exact cooking time can vary depending on the size of cauliflower florets and your air fryer.
  7. While you wait for the cauliflower to cook, whisk the buffalo sauce with the melted butter in a smaller bowl or glass measuring cup and set this mixture aside.
  8. When the cauliflower bites are done, remove them from the air fryer, put them in a small bowl for now, and make the second batch. Repeat until all the cauliflower bites have been cooked.
  9. Now, place all the cooked cauliflower wings together in a large bowl, drizzle the buffalo sauce mix on top, and gently toss until the cauliflower bites are evenly covered in the sauce. Then serve them right away and enjoy!

Notes

  • We use Frank's hot buffalo sauce, but you can use any buffalo sauce you like.
  • This recipe only works if the batter is quite thick. If it is too runny, it will just drip off the cauliflower in the air fryer and make a mess. So make sure to not add too much milk!
  • If you cut your cauliflower florets very large, they'll likely need a little bit longer to cook until they are soft.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 836mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g

    This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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