These Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings are so crunchy and full of flavor that no one will miss the chicken. They're the perfect crispy, spicy vegan appetizer for game day or a mealtime side dish. Serve with your favorite creamy dip.
Table of contents
- Tasty Air Fryer Appetizers
- Why You'll Love These Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower in Air Fryer
- What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Wings
- How to Serve Buffalo Cauliflower
- How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Leftovers
- More Air Fryer Recipes
Tasty Air Fryer Appetizers
Air fryer appetizers are a great way to enjoy your favorite fried foods without the added calories. They’re easy to make, there’s little cleanup, and they have that crispy coating that everyone loves with little oil. Almost any fried appetizer you love can be recreated easily in the air fryer.
From Air Fryer Pizza Bites to Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers to Air Fryer Toasted Ravioli there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a quick game-time snack, tasty air fryer appetizers are a delicious and healthier option.
Why You'll Love These Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
These delectable bites are not just a recipe; they're a taste sensation! Packed with flavor, they offer a healthy twist on a classic favorite, making them a winning choice for your next gathering or even a quick weeknight dinner. Here are some reasons why you'll love them:
- Healthy Recipe Bursting with Flavor: These cauliflower bites are a healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken wings and still offer a ton of flavor. The crispy batter and tangy Buffalo sauce make for a delicious combination that's sure to satisfy.
- Perfect Party Appetizer: Whether you're hosting a game day party or a casual get-together, these crispy air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites are a fantastic appetizer choice. They're easy to prepare, and their spicy kick will be a hit with your guests.
- Vegetarian and Vegan Recipe: These cauliflower bites are a game-changer for vegans and vegetarians looking for a wing substitute. They capture the essence of classic Buffalo wings without using any animal products, making them a great option for those with dietary restrictions.
- Crispy and Irresistible: Thanks to the air fryer, these cauliflower bites achieve a delightful level of crispiness without the need for excessive oil. They're just as addictive as traditional Buffalo wings but with fewer calories.
- Customizable Heat: You can adjust the level of spiciness by tweaking the amount of hot sauce in the Buffalo sauce. Whether you prefer spicy foods with a mild kick or a fiery heat, these bites are customizable to suit your taste.
- Family-Friendly: These cauliflower bites are not only loved by adults but also by kids who might be a bit skeptical about trying cauliflower. The Buffalo sauce makes them appealing to all ages.
- Quick and Easy: With this simple recipe, you can have these Buffalo cauliflower wings on the table in no time. They're perfect for busy weeknights when you want a tasty and hassle-free dinner, a side dish, or the perfect appetizer.
- Guilt-Free Snacking: Indulge in the flavors you love without the guilt. These bites are a low carb, guilt-free snack option that won't compromise your health goals.
- Versatile Side Dish: While they make an excellent appetizer, these cauliflower bites can also be served as a side dish alongside your favorite dipping sauces or in a salad for added crunch and flavor.
- Impress Your Guests: Surprise your guests with a unique and flavorful dish that's sure to leave a lasting impression. They won't believe these delicious bites are made from fresh cauliflower!
Here's what you'll need to make this Buffalo cauliflower wings air fryer recipe. The exact measurements are in the printable recipe card below.
For the air fryer cauliflower batter:
- All-purpose flour
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Coarse salt
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
For the air fryer battered cauliflower:
- Cauliflower - either fresh cauliflower or frozen can be used. You can also save time by buying pre-cut cauliflower florets.
- Fresh parsley for garnishing
Homemade Buffalo sauce - or use your favorite buffalo sauce
- Hot sauce - Frank's Red Hot Sauce recommended
- Unsalted butter
- Garlic powder
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
For gluten free Buffalo cauliflower wings use 1:1 gluten free baking flour instead of all-purpose flour to make the batter.
For vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings, use coconut oil or vegan butter instead of butter to make the sauce.
How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower in Air Fryer
These are the simple steps and some photos for making crispy Buffalo cauliflower air fryer wings.
To prepare, chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets then chop some parsley for garnish.
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the cauliflower batter.
- Add water and whisk together until it starts to thicken.
- Add the cauliflower to the bowl.
- Stir to coat evenly.
While the cauliflower florets are air frying, mix the buffalo sauce.
- In a small bowl, combine the paprika and garlic powder. Stir in the coconut oil or melted butter.
- Add the hot sauce.
- Stir well.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place cauliflower bites into the air fryer basket. For best results, make sure not to overcrowd them so they crisp evenly and turn golden brown. You may have to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Cook for 20 minutes at 400°F, turning halfway through.
- Brush some of the buffalo sauce over the air-fried cauliflower then cook for another 5 minutes.
- Wings are done when the edges are crispy.
Pour or brush some of the extra sauce over the air-fried cauliflower wings and plate on a platter with your favorite dipping sauce. (see below for some suggestions)
What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Wings
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are already a flavor-packed sensation, but the right accompaniments can take your dining experience to new heights. Whether you're looking to cool down the heat, add some crunch, or explore exciting flavor combinations, we've got you covered. Here's a selection of delectable sides and dips to serve alongside your Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:
- Blue Cheese Dressing: A classic choice, this creamy dressing with blue cheese crumbles provides a rich and tangy contrast to the spicy cauliflower bites.
- Ranch Dressing: Creamy and versatile, ranch dressing offers a cool, herby balance to the bold Buffalo sauce. Vegan ranch dressing is the perfect choice for our vegan friends.
- Celery Sticks: The quintessential accompaniment, celery sticks bring a refreshing crunch and a hint of natural sweetness.
- Carrot Sticks: Partnering perfectly with celery, carrot sticks offer another layer of crunch and color to your platter.
- Avocado Ranch Dressing: Infused with avocado, this dressing adds a creamy and slightly nutty element to your dip selection.
- Garlic Aioli: A garlic lover's dream, this aioli boasts a rich and garlicky flavor that pairs superbly with the Buffalo sauce.
- Sliced Cucumber: For a hydrating and cooling option, consider thinly sliced cucumber, providing a refreshing contrast to the spiciness.
- Jalapeño Slices: Spice enthusiasts will appreciate jalapeño slices, adding an extra kick and zesty flavor.
- Pickled Red Onions: Tangy and sweet, pickled red onions add a burst of color and flavor to your spread, cutting through the richness of the Buffalo sauce.
- Blue Cheese Crumbles: Elevate your cauliflower bites by sprinkling them with blue cheese crumbles, enhancing the classic Buffalo wing experience.
- Sweet Potato Fries: A delightful side, sweet potato fries complement the heat with their natural sweetness.
- Coleslaw: Creamy and crunchy coleslaw provides a refreshing contrast to the spicy flavors, making it an ideal side dish.
- Guacamole: Creamy and rich guacamole offers a unique dip for your cauliflower bites, adding a subtle avocado flavor to the mix.
With these enticing options, you can create a personalized Buffalo Cauliflower Wings experience that caters to all tastes. So, prepare to savor the flavors and elevate your next meal with these delectable accompaniments.
How to Serve Buffalo Cauliflower
Buffalo Cauliflower is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways, making it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. Whether you're looking for an appetizer to kick off your meal, a flavorful addition to salads, a satisfying side dish, or even the star of veggie tacos and wraps, Buffalo Cauliflower has you covered.
Here are some creative ways to serve this mouthwatering dish:
- Appetizer: Buffalo Cauliflower is the ultimate appetizer choice. Serve it on a platter with toothpicks and your favorite dipping sauces for a delightful prelude to your meal.
- Salads: Add a spicy twist to your salads by incorporating Buffalo Cauliflower as a topping. These cripsy wings provide a crunchy, flavorful element that complements greens and other veggies beautifully.
- Side Dish: Pair Buffalo Cauliflower with your favorite main course as a delicious side dish. Its bold flavors can enhance the overall dining experience.
- Veggie Tacos: Fill soft taco shells with Buffalo Cauliflower, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese dressing for a mouthwatering veggie taco.
- Wraps: Create Buffalo Cauliflower wraps by placing the crispy florets in a tortilla with fresh greens, sliced avocado, and your choice of sauce. It's a portable and satisfying meal.
By exploring these serving options, you can enjoy Buffalo Cauliflower in various settings and adapt it to suit your preferences. Whether you're serving it as an appetizer at a gathering, elevating your salads, or crafting flavorful wraps and tacos, Buffalo Cauliflower is a versatile treat that's sure to leave a lasting impression.
How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Leftovers
Storing: Allow the cauliflower to cool to room temperature. Place the cooled in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. The wings can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing: Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer with space between them. Put them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag.
Reheating: Place the cauliflower wings in the air fryer at 400°F for 9-12 minutes or a few minutes longer if reheating frozen ones.
Note: These are best served immediately after air frying. Leftover buffalo cauliflower may not be as crispy after refrigerating or freezing.
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- Air Fryer Onion Rings
- Air Fryer Southwest Egg Rolls
- Air Fryer Stuffing Balls
- Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
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Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings with Buffalo Sauce
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ cup water
- 1 head cauliflower 2 pounds, cut into florets
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- ¼ cup hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil melted
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- In a large bowl combine all-purpose flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
- Stir the water into the bowl and mix until the mixture thickens.
- Add the cauliflower. Stir until well coated with the batter.
- Place the cauliflower into the air fryer basket and cook at 400°F for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
- While the cauliflower is cooking make the buffalo sauce.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the buffalo sauce ingredients. Mix until combined.
- When the cauliflower is done, leave it in the air fryer and brush it with buffalo sauce. Cook for 5 minutes or until the edges are crispy.
- Remove from the air fryer and brush with the remainder of the wing sauce.
- Sprinkle with a garnish of parsley.