Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower


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Air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites are the perfect snack and a great way to enjoy a fave veggie!

Bites of cauliflower are dredged and lightly breaded and air fried. Finally, they’re tossed in buffalo sauce for the perfect snack food. Serve with carrots & celery sticks and ranch or blue cheese dip.

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A Favorite Snack

The perfect alternative to buffalo wings, buffalo cauliflower bites are savory and snackable!

  • We love them because they taste SO GOOD!
  • They’re air fried (and not deep fried) for extra crisp without all of the fat.
  • They can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance and cooked just before eating.
  • Toss them in buffalo sauce or save a few without sauce for anyone in your group who doesn’t eat spice!

ingredients to make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Ingredients

CAULIFLOWER Cauliflower is a low-carb and keto superstar! Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, cauliflower is our favorite veggie for its mild flavor and versatility!

BREADING This recipe is a take on our oven version. Lightly breaded and air fried to crispy perfection.

BUFFALO SAUCE Toss or dip these into Buffalo sauce for their signature flavor!

coating cauliflower and putting in air fryer to make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

This is the easy part!

  1. Prepare cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Whisk batter ingredients. Stir breading ingredients together; set aside.
  3. Toss cauliflower into the batter & let excess batter drip off.

coated pieces of Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

  1. Gently roll each cauliflower piece in breading mixture & place in air fryer. Cook until crispy (per the recipe below.)
  2. Remove cauliflower bites & toss in Buffalo sauce. Return to air fryer & cook another 2-3 minutes.

Buffalo cauliflower bites aren’t the same without a few dips and sauces! Ranch dressing, homemade aioli, honey mustard sauce, and creamy cheese sauce are some of our faves.

cooked Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower before putting on buffalo sauce

No Air Fryer? No Problem!

Oven-Baked Buffalo Cauliflower is just as easy as the air fryer version!

Tips for Perfection

  • Cut or break cauliflower pieces into uniform sizes so they all cook at the same rate.
  • The batter is very thick, be sure to allow excess to drip off (or even give it a little shake if needed).
  • Do not overcrowd the basket, cook in batches if needed to ensure that the air has lots of space to circulate.
  • For a crisper breading, serve with hot sauce on the side for dipping. (Garlicky Aioli is another favorite dip).

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Review Recipe

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Breaded, crispy, & tossed in buffalo sauce, this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is the perfect snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
Batter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Wash, dry, and cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  • Whisk batter ingredients until smooth and toss with cauliflower.
  • Combine Panko bread crumbs, seasoned bread crumbs, olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Remove cauliflower from the batter and allow excess to drip off. Gently roll cauliflower in the bread crumb mixture. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F. Place cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Increase heat to 400°F and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until cauliflower is tender inside and crisp outside.
  • Toss with sauce and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with carrot sticks, celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing if desired.

Recipe Notes

Ensure you are using buffalo sauce, not just hot sauce for best results.
The batter is very thick, be sure to allow excess to drip off (or even give it a little shake if needed).
Do not overcrowd the basket, cook in a single layer. Cook in batches if needed to ensure that the air has lots of space to circulate.
For a crisper breading, serve with hot sauce on the side for dipping. (Garlicky Aioli is another favorite dip).

Nutrition Information

Calories: 258, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 867mg, Potassium: 417mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 96IU, Vitamin C: 46mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Air Fryer Buffalo cauliflower, Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe, buffalo cauliflower, how to make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
Course Air Fryer, Appetizer, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
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