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Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Cauliflower

This is a recipe for Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. A great vegetarian alternative to spicy Buffalo Wings.

One of the best spicy snack recipes I have ever eaten must be American Buffalo Wings (chicken wings with a Buffalo dipping sauce). These wonderful spicy snacks originate from Buffalo in upstate NY, near where I used to study in Rochester.

However, not everyone likes to eat meat. If you fall into his category, then this recipe for vegetarian Cauliflower Buffalo Wings may be the best alternative for you.


cauliflower buffalo bites


The buffalo sauce remains the same Buffalo sauce recipe. But it is used here to coat the cauliflower and retain the breadcrumbs to make some tasty, crispy, spicy vegetarian bites.

They can be dipped in a delicious cheesy ranch dip or ranch dressing to cool them down if you so wish.


baked cauliflower florets


Cauliflower Bites

We think that cauliflower is a very much underrated vegetable which can be delicious if served up correctly. At the end of this post, you will find some other cauliflower recipes which may help give you some ideas.

Cauliflower cheese is another favourite of ours and a good accompaniment to a Sunday roast dinner.


cauliflower buffalo wings

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings


This cauliflower wings recipe is great for making some nice mouth-sized coated cauliflower bites. You can put these out for the vegetarians on game day or if you are having a get-together with friends.


spicy cauliflower bites

Cauliflower Wings with cheesy Ranch Dipping Sauce


I have used normal Panko breadcrumbs for these cauliflower bites. But if you were to use gluten-free breadcrumbs, this could also be a gluten-free snack. We cannot call it vegan though, of course, because of the butter in the Buffalo sauce.


cauliflower wings


Cauliflower Wings Air Fryer

I think this recipe will work well in the air fryer as well, though I must admit I have not tried it yet.

But the way my chicken wings crisped up in the air fryer, I think these would do as well, but they would not need so much cooking time as chicken wings. If you try it make sure you keep an eye on them and shake the basket regularly!


cauliflower bites in dip sauce


When I do get around to trying to make them in the air fryer I will leave the correct settings behind here, so no one burns their cauliflower!

I hope you enjoy trying this simple recipe. Let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

cauliflower buffalo wings

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This recipe for cauliflower Buffalo wings is a great vegetarian alternative to the original Buffalo hot chicken wings. The same kick but without the meat!


  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 20g Panko Breadcrumbs

For the Sauce

  • 75g salted butter
  • 105 g Frank's Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 drops tabasco
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Prepare the cauliflower by cutting off the florets into individual mouth-sized florets.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan on a low heat. Mix in the Frank's sauce, the Worcestershire sauce, the tabasco and the garlic and whisk together. Heat until starting to simmer.
  4. Remove sauce from the heat. Dip the florets into the sauce one by one and then into the breadcrumbs. Place on a pre-oiled sheet pan or baking sheet (I use spray olive oil to oil the sheet).
  5. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until browned.


Serve up in a bowl with some ranch dip on the side as an appetizer or canape.

A good vegetarian alternative for game day.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 949mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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