Buffalo cauliflower bites made easy with the help of your air fryer! Tender yet crispy on the outside with the spicy tang of buffalo hot sauce, these are perfect for serving when watching the game or for a weekday meal!
For a stovetop version of buffalo cauliflower bites and my favourite way to enjoy them, read up on Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos!
These air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites have become my go-to choice for when I have guests coming over for board games or to watch a bit of sport. No matter what their diet is, everyone can get behind these tasty morsels.
It did take some convincing for me to give them a try though. Although I liked the idea of cauliflower bites and am always in favour of buffalo sauce, I was sure they would be a finicky dish to make.
It takes courage to admit you are wrong, and I am nothing if not brave. The coating and glaze are made in almost no time at all, and very little effort.
Brush the cauliflower florets with the coating, and later with the glaze, and that’s it. For results this good? Definitely worth it.
Air fryer or oven
As air fryers become more popular, the range of styles has grown to match. I used a basket air fryer for this recipe.
An air fryer is perfect for a dish like this because of how fast it warms up, quickly it cooks and how effectively it can add crispiness. It also adds this crispiness without drying out the food being cooked.
That said, buffalo cauliflower can easily be cooked in an oven. You will need to up the temperature to 450F/220C and cook for about 20 minutes. Then put them back for 15 minutes longer after adding the glaze. Use the broiler for 2-3 minutes if they aren’t as crisp you would like.
What to serve with cauliflower bites
I’ve served cauliflower bites a few different ways, including using them in tacos. I also find them a great addition to an appetizer spread.
The buffalo flavouring is gentle enough that they aren’t overwhelming to eat on their own, but still have plenty enough to make them an incredibly enjoyable mouthful. Because the buffalo sauce carries a bit of heat, they are best with something creamy.
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- 500g/ 18oz cauliflower florets (no core)
- 100g / ¾ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 190ml / ¾ cup oat milk
For The Glaze
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 60ml / ¼ cup Frank's buffalo wings sauce or any other hot sauce
- In a large bowl combine the flour, oat milk, salt, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, coriander and smoked paprika. Add the cauliflower broken into florets to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Spread the cauliflower in the basket of your air fryer and air fry at 400F (200C) for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the glaze by mixing the hot sauce, oil and maple syrup. Once the cauliflower is done cooking, take out of the air fryer and brush the glaze all over, put back in the air fryer for 10 minutes or until crispy.
To cook in an oven, place on a baking sheet and cook at 450F/220C for 20 minutes. Then add the glaze and put back for 15 minutes longer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 898mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 9g