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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – Amira’s Pantry

Baked and crispy buffalo cauliflower florets that are so addicting and delicious. You will still get the hot and spicy part but without the extra calories.

Baked buffalo cauliflower bites are so delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Crispy on the outside while tender on the inside spicy cauliflower wings. A healthier alternative for the perfect Super Bowl appetizer.

Buffalo cauliflower wings piled up on a blue plate.
These crispy buffalo cauliflower wings are great as a side dish or serve with celery sticks for the big game.
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❓Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy to make shake and bake crowd-pleasing buffalo bites that will be your go to appetizer for any party.
  • Way healthier than deep frying.
  • Less calories than the buffalo chicken wings.

Better than buffalo chicken wings, these buffalo cauliflower are seriously addictive. You’ll love how crispy and flavorful these come out using special trick of cornstarch and baking powder in a flavorful batter.

📝 Ingredients

Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.

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Ingredients for baked buffalo cauliflower.

Ingredient Notes

  • Use milk or water to make the batter, I am just used to milk but if you are looking to make it even lighter or vegan use water or any nut milk.
  • You can also use vegan butter or oil in making the hot sauce.

🥄 Instructions

Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.

  1. Cut and clean the cauliflower florets into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic salt and cumin.
  3. Whisk in the milk until you get a smooth runny batter.
  1. You can pour the batter in a plastic bag, preferably reusable, add cauliflower the seal and shake to coat. Or you can throw the cauliflower in the bowl and coat it with the batter.
  2. Take the florets out and dust with flour. Again use another bag or in a bowl.
  3. Arrange the battered cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper or foil. Bake until crispy and browned.
  • Meanwhile prepare the sauce by simply combining all the ingredients together in a sauce pan. Dip the baked florets in and let the extra sauce drip.
  • Place the florets back on the baking sheet and bake for a little bit more. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

💡 Expert Tips

  • Start by cutting the head into quarters through the core. There will be a stem in the middle where all the florets are attached to. Now separate the florets from the stem with a knife, once you’ve removed the stem the florets will fall apart in big chunks. Break those chunks into bite sized florets and try to make them all the same size. Now wash the floret carefully under running water to get every grit out.
  • Lightly grease your baking dish even if you lined it with foil or parchment paper.
  • Buffalo cauliflower should be served right hot out of your oven. Unfortunately they get softer as they set. If you have left overs I suggest you reheat them in the oven trying to get them to crisp up a bit.

👩‍🍳 Variations

  • Make it low carb or keto by using eggs instead of the liquid batter , dip the cauliflower in the egg then dust them with a mixture of almond flour, cumin and garlic salt.
  • Need a gluten free version? You can use any gluten free flour you like 1:1.
  • For a vegan version use oil or vegan butter. Also use any plant based milk of your choice or use water.
  • For a flourless buffalo cauliflower toss the cauliflower with some oil or butter, garlic powder and cumin then roast in the oven and proceed with the sauce. It will not be as crunchy though.
A hand holding a piece of crispy buffalo cauliflower dipped in ranch sauce.
Delicious with some ranch dressing and veggie sticks.

💬 FAQs

Can I make buffalo cauliflower keto?

Yes, you can and here is how. Use eggs instead of the liquid batter , dip the cauliflower in the egg then dust them with a mixture of almond flour, cumin and garlic salt.

Can I make it without flour?

Yes you can. Toss the cauliflower with some oil or butter, garlic powder and cumin then roast in the oven and proceed with the sauce. It will not be as crunchy though. You can also use gluten free flour instead.

What to serve with cauliflower bites?

Serve them as you usually do with chicken wings. For healthy ideas, serve with ranch dressing and fresh veggies on the side.

  • Craving something creamy and delicious? Try making homemade tahini sauce! With some simple ingredients and just 5 minutes of your time you’ll create a healthy, perfect dip, spread, or salad dressings.
  • These stuffed mini peppers are so colorful and are the perfect two bite size appetizer for any party.
  • Salami Roll Ups are anothe party appetizer to bring to your next get-together. Only 4 ingredients and it takes just 20-minutes this is a low carb, gluten free appetizer that everyone will love.

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Buffalo cauliflower wings on a blue plate.

Crispy Buffalo cauliflower

Baked and crispy buffalo cauliflower florets that are so addicting and delicious. You will still get the hot and spicy part but without the extra calories.

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Diet: Halal, Vegetarian

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 6 serving

Calories: 183kcal

Instructions

Make the batter:

  • Cut and clean cauliflower florets. Try to make all florets to be the same size as smaller florets will cook quicker than bigger ones.

  • In a deep bowl, combine first 5 ingredients then pour milk or water while whisking until you get a smooth liquid batter.

Prepare the cauliflower:

  • Preheat your oven to 400F.

  • Either place your cauliflower in a plastic bag and pour the sauce over then seal and coat or you can placed them into a big bowl and pour the sauce over then toss to cover.

  • Place dusting flour in another plastic bag or container with lid.

  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the florets from the bag then place in the flour.

  • Shake to dust all the florets with flour. Remove from and place on a well greased rimmed baking sheet.

  • Bake until lightly browned about 30 minutes.

Prepare the sauce:

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Take off heat add hot sauce a pinch of salt and stir.

  • Dip the baked cauliflower in the sauce, and return to oven for 5-10 more minutes depending on the look you need.

  • Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Start by cutting the head into quarters through the core. There will be a stem in the middle where all the florets are attached to. Now separate the florets from the stem with a knife, once you’ve removed the stem the florets will fall apart in big chunks. Break those chunks into bite sized florets and try to make them all the same size. Now wash the floret carefully under running water to get every grit out.
  • Lightly grease your baking dish even if you lined it with foil or parchment paper.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust to your liking, you can add cayenne pepper for more heat, garlic powder for more garlic flavor or ¼ cup of honey for a honey buffalo sauce.
  • For a dry look keep them longer in the oven after dipping in the sauce about 10 minutes. For a more saucy and sticky look pop it in for only 5 minutes.
  • Buffalo cauliflower should be served right hot out of your oven. Unfortunately they get softer as they set. If you have left overs I suggest you reheat them in the oven trying to get them to crisp up a bit.
  • Variations:

    • Make it low carb or keto by using eggs instead of the liquid batter , dip the cauliflower in the egg then dust them with a mixture of almond flour, cumin and garlic salt.

    • Need a gluten free version? You can use any gluten free flour you like 1:1.

    • For a vegan version use oil or vegan butter. Also use any plant based milk of your choice or use water.

    • For a flourless buffalo cauliflower toss the cauliflower with some oil or butter, garlic powder and cumin then roast in the oven and proceed with the sauce. It will not be as crunchy though.

  • Serve with:  serve them as you usually do with chicken wings. For healthy ideas, serve with tahini dressing and fresh veggies on the side.

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Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 2mg

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First published Dec 12, 2017 . Last updated January 24, 2023 with important tips, clear step by step instructions and readability.

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