Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Two Ways (Baked and Air fryer)

by Rachna
cauliflower buffalo wings

Cauliflower is among my favourite vegetables. It is super easy to prepare and high in nutrition. It is also a perfect substitute for chicken in case you are craving chicken wings. This spicy Air fryer Buffalo wings recipe is vegetarian but can easily be made vegan by replacing the butter in the hot sauce with vegan butter or coconut oil. Either way it is a delicious snack.

shiny dark red cauliflower wings served with celery and carrot sticks on a white plate

How to Make Crispy Cauliflower Wings

I will tell you a secret. There are times when I just make the crispy cauliflower wings and have them as is with a dip. They are seriously tasty even without the hot sauce.

The trick to making crispy cauliflower is in cutting it into bigger florets. That way the marinade clings to it nice and well. Your marinade also must be thick and not runny. And it really does not need too much time in the Air fryer. I like the cauliflower to have a bit of bite inside and not turn mushy. The coating on top becomes nice and crunchy using the flour, milk and water combination.

Also when you Air fry the cauliflower leave enough space around the florets so that they brown well. Don’t overcrowd the frier.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings in Air fryer and oven

Rachna Parmar
This is a delicious cauliflower buffalo wings recipe that can be made both in Air fryer and oven. It is super tasty and a perfect party snack. This is a keto and vegan-friendly recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 202 kcal



  • 1 cauliflower head

For breading:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or almond flour for keto
  • 1/2 cup milk soy or almond milk for vegan
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. mixed herbs
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

For Buffalo sauce

  • 3 tbsp. hot sauce or buffalo sauce
  • 2 tbsp. butter/vegan butter
  • Some tabasco


  • Cut cauliflower into drumstick or wing size florets. Don’t make them too small or they collapse on cooking.
  • Add the ingredients of breading together. Mix well. Now dip the cauliflower florets to coat them well.

For Air Fryer

  • Heat Air fryer to 390 F or 200 C for about 4 minutes. Place the dipped florets in a single layer on the air fryer basket after brushing it with oil. You could use parchment paper to avoid sticking. Air fry for 7 minutes till the coating is cooked and so is the cauliflower.

For Oven

  • Preheat the oven at 400 F for about 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and bake for about 15-20 minutes till browned. Turn once in the middle. You can broil for 3-5 minutes more if you want even more browning.

For Buffalo sauce

  • Meanwhile prepare the Buffalo sauce by adding 2 tbsp. butter/vegan butter to 2 tbsp. Hot sauce or Buffalo sauce with a few squirts of Tabasco. I told you this was spicy. Mix well.
  • Once your cauliflower is done, you can brush the hot sauce all over the cauliflower florets and air fry for 1-2 minutes more. This is optional. Otherwise, just brush with the hot sauce and serve it right away with a nice ranch or mayo dip.


1. Always serve these hot else they will lose their crunch. Keep the hot sauce ready before the Air fryer cauliflower turns crispy.
2. You can use almond flour in place of whole wheat flour or use all-purpose flour too.
3. You can use milk instead of milk+water while making the breading.
4. For vegan version, use soy or almond milk. Works really well. Also use vegan butter or coconut oil in place of butter for your hot sauce.
5. This recipe is very versatile. I love it with honey barbecue sauce too.
6. It is easy to make ahead. Cut up cauliflower into florets. Prepare the breading and keep aside. Do the same for the hot sauce. Then when you are ready air fry.


Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings in Air fryer and oven
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 388mg17%
Potassium 660mg19%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 712IU14%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Step wise Pictures

Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 cup (milk + water) or 1 cup milk. You could use soy or almond milk for vegan version. Add salt, cayenne, mixed herbs, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well to form a thick breading. Keep aside.

A bowl showing milk with flour, cayenne, pepper, salt, garlic powder and mixed herbs

Add cauliflower to the breading.

cauliflower florets added to breading mix

Cut cauliflower into large florets or wings. Dip them in the breading till they are well coated.

Cauliflower florets dipped in breading

Heat Air fryer to 390 F or 200 C for about 4 minutes. Place the dipped florets in a single layer on the air fryer basket after brushing it with oil. You could use parchment paper to avoid sticking.  Air fry for 7 minutes till the coating is cooked and the cauliflower is crispy.

A single layer of coated cauliflower florets in air fryer basket

Prepare buffalo sauce by mixing together 2 tbsp. butter/vegan butter to 3 tbsp. Hot sauce or Buffalo sauce with a few squirts of Tabasco. Mix well. Brush well on the crispy cauliflower and Air fry for 1-2 minutes more (optional) or just serve right away.

Air fried cauliflower florets in air fryer basket brushed with buffalo sauce

Delicious super tasty buffalo cauliflower bites are ready.

Closeup of red buffalo cauliflower wings with sauce on a white plate with carrot sticks.

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