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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Whether you’re a fan of all things spicy or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional buffalo wings, these crispy and flavorful cauliflower bites will hit the spot. They’re quick to make, perfectly crispy on the outside, and smothered in mouthwatering buffalo sauce. Get ready for a delicious appetizer or snack that’s a real game-changer! 🌶️👌  

The Best Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Elevate your snack game with the best Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe. These mouthwatering bites are the perfect blend of crispy and spicy, making them a healthier and equally satisfying alternative to traditional buffalo wings. Using the air fryer ensures that each cauliflower floret becomes irresistibly crispy on the outside while maintaining a tender, flavorful interior. Once coated in that signature buffalo sauce, you’ll experience a burst of tangy, spicy goodness in every bite. Whether serving these as an appetizer, party snack, or a spicy treat, these buffalo cauliflower bites are a true game-changer.

With this recipe, you can enjoy the bold flavors of buffalo wings without the guilt. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to prepare, perfect for busy weeknights or game day gatherings. Get ready to satisfy your craving for spicy, tangy, and crunchy goodness with these Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Your taste buds will thank you!

Why You Will Love This Recipe!

You’ll fall in love with this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe for several delicious reasons. First, these bites offer all the spicy, tangy goodness of traditional buffalo wings but in a healthier, plant-based form. The cauliflower florets turn wonderfully crispy in the air fryer, providing that irresistible crunch you crave, while the buffalo sauce adds a bold and zesty kick.

Additionally, this recipe is incredibly versatile – whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a satisfying appetizer or a buffalo wing enthusiast searching for a lighter option, these cauliflower bites fit the bill. With minimal prep and cooking time, you can enjoy these tasty morsels quickly, making them a perfect addition to your game day spread, party platter, or weeknight dinner rotation. Get ready to indulge in a guilt-free snack that’s as flavorful as it is satisfying!

Ingredients Needed For 
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Get ready to satisfy your cravings with this mouthwatering Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe. These spicy, tangy, and perfectly crispy cauliflower bites are a healthier twist on the classic buffalo wing, and they’re so easy to make in your air fryer. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

​Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Cauliflower Florets: The dish’s star, cauliflower florets, become tender on the inside and delightfully crispy on the outside in the air fryer
  • Buttermilk: Use homemade or store-bought buttermilk.
  • Flour: Use regular, all-purpose flour, almond flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter
  • Franks Hot Sauce and Louisiana Hot Sauce: Buffalo Sauce: The signature ingredient for that classic buffalo wing flavor and heat.
  • Seasonings and Spices: White Pepper, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Dry Mustard, Minced Garlic, and Black Pepper.
  • Serving: Celery Sticks, Carrot Sticks, Limes, and Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing

How To Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites In Air Fryer

To make delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Bites in an air fryer, follow these simple steps:

How To Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites In Air Fryer

STEP 1: Break the head of cauliflower into cauliflower florets. Add white pepper, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, dry mustard, and black pepper to a large bowl and mix— Place cauliflower florets in the spices.

How To Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites In Air Fryer

STEP 2: Add minced garlic, with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, to a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté 30 seconds. Then, melt butter, Frank’s red hot sauce Louisiana hot sauce, and juice from lime. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat—Cook for 5 minutes. 

STEP 3: In a large mixing bowl, add flour, buttermilk, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine, then toss the cauliflower until evenly coated; use a slotted spoon.


To make delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Bites in an air fryer, follow these simple steps:

STEP 4: Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place cauliflower (in a single layer) in the air fryer basket. Set to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, and cook for 7 minutes. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook this recipe in batches.


To make delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Bites in an air fryer, follow these simple steps:

STEP 5: Turn cauliflower over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, cooking until golden brown. Remove cauliflower and toss in the Buffalo sauce. 

STEP 6: Serve immediately with your favorite blue cheese sauce, dipping sauce, and celery sticks.

To make delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Bites in an air fryer, follow these simple steps:

Recipe Variations

With these delicious recipe variations, prepare to customize your Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Whether you prefer a different level of heat or want to explore unique flavor combinations, these ideas will help you elevate your cauliflower bite game:

  • Honey Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: Add a touch of sweetness to your buffalo sauce by mixing in some honey. The combination of sweet and spicy is simply irresistible.
  • Asian-Inspired Buffalo Bites: Swap out the classic buffalo sauce for an Asian-inspired sauce. Combine soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, minced ginger, and garlic for a delightful twist.
  • Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Bites: After air frying, toss your cauliflower bites in a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, and grated Parmesan cheese for a savory and cheesy coating.
  • BBQ Cauliflower Bites: Replace the buffalo sauce with your favorite barbecue sauce for a smoky, tangy flavor profile. A sprinkle of smoked paprika can enhance the barbecue taste.
  • Ranch-Seasoned Cauliflower Bites: Instead of the traditional buffalo seasoning, coat your cauliflower bites with a mixture of ranch seasoning, onion powder, and panko breadcrumbs for a creamy and tangy twist.
  • Teriyaki Cauliflower Bites: Create a teriyaki glaze using soy sauce, maple sugar, brown sugar, minced garlic, and ginger. Toss your air-fried cauliflower in this flavorful sauce for a sweet and savory treat.
  • Sriracha and Lime Cauliflower Bites: Combine sriracha sauce, lime juice, and honey for a zesty, spicy, and citrusy coating. Garnish with fresh lime zest for extra flavor.
  • Blue Cheese Dip: Prepare a classic blue cheese dip with sour cream, crumbled blue cheese, mayonnaise, and a dash of lemon juice. Serve it alongside your buffalo cauliflower bites for a creamy, tangy dipping experience.

Feel free to mix and match these variations to create your own unique flavor combinations. These Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are versatile and can accommodate various tastes and preferences.

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Pro Tips

To master the art of making perfect Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, consider these pro tips for a fantastic cooking experience:

  • Cut Evenly: When preparing the cauliflower florets, aim for uniform sizes. This ensures that even cooking and all your bites will be ready simultaneously.
  • Preheat Your Air Fryer: Just like an oven, it’s essential to preheat your air fryer. This helps achieve that crispy exterior more effectively.
  • Use Parchment Paper or a Liner: To prevent the cauliflower from sticking to the air fryer basket, use parchment paper or a silicone liner. This makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Basket: Arrange the cauliflower bites in a single layer with some space between them. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and less crispy results.
  • Shake or Flip: Halfway through the cooking time, shake the basket or flip the cauliflower bites. This promotes even cooking and crispiness on all sides.
  • Monitor Cooking Time: Keep an eye on the cauliflower as it cooks, as cooking times may vary depending on your specific air fryer model. Adjust as needed to avoid overcooking.
  • Serve Immediately: Buffalo cauliflower bites are best enjoyed fresh out of the air fryer when they are crispy. Serve them immediately for the ultimate flavor and texture.
  • Double Coating for Extra Crispiness: For an even crunchier texture, double-coat the cauliflower bites in the flour and egg mixture before air frying.
  • Adjust Sauce to Taste: Buffalo sauce can vary in spiciness, so taste it before tossing the cauliflower. If you prefer a milder flavor, dilute the sauce with melted butter or honey.
  • Serve with Dipping Sauce: Prepare a dipping sauce like ranch or blue cheese dressing to complement the spicy buffalo flavor. It provides a cool contrast and enhances the overall experience.

With these pro tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating irresistibly delicious Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites that are crispy, flavorful, and satisfying. Enjoy your homemade appetizer or snack!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

FAQs

Can I use frozen cauliflower for this recipe? While fresh cauliflower is preferred for the best texture, you can use frozen cauliflower florets. However, thaw and pat them dry thoroughly before coating and air frying to avoid excess moisture.

How do I make the bites spicier? Add more hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the buffalo sauce mixture to make the cauliflower bites spicier. Adjust the spiciness to your preference.

How do I store and reheat leftovers? To store leftovers, let the cauliflower cool to room temperature, and then place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes until they are crispy again, or use an oven or toaster oven.

Can I use different sauces for coating the cauliflower? Absolutely! While buffalo sauce is a classic choice, you can experiment with other sauces like barbecue, honey mustard, teriyaki, or your favorite sauce to coat the cauliflower for different flavor variations.

What should I serve with Buffalo Cauliflower Bites? These bites are excellent, but you can serve them with celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a dipping sauce like ranch or blue cheese dressing for a complete snack or appetizer.

Can I make this recipe in advance for a party? While these bites are best served fresh, you can prepare the cauliflower and flour coating in advance and store them separately. Reheat on a baking sheet for a quick side dish.

Can I make them less spicy for kids? Yes, you can make a milder version for kids by reducing the amount of hot sauce or using a mild buffalo sauce. You can also serve a non-spicy dipping sauce for those who prefer a milder flavor.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings

Description

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are one of the best and easiest ways to make spicy, crunchy cauliflower in the air fryer with no breading!

Ingredients 

Cauliflower Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Buffalo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Serve With:

  • 1 cup Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 1 cup celery sticks
  • 1 cup carrot sticks

Instructions

  • Wash and cut cauliflower into florets.
  • Add white pepper, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, dry mustard, and black pepper to a bowl and mix.
  • Toss cauliflower in the spices.
  • Add minced garlic to a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté 30 seconds. Then, add butter, franks red hot, Louisiana hot sauce, and juice from lime. Bring to a simmer and lower heat—Cook for 5 minutes. 
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, buttermilk, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine, then toss the cauliflower until evenly coated. 
  • Place cauliflower (in a single layer) in the air fryer basket. Set to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Turn cauliflower over and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove cauliflower and toss in the Buffalo sauce. 
  • Serve immediately with blue cheese dip and celery sticks.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 337kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 11gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 3035mgPotassium: 745mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 6091IUVitamin C: 86mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 2mg

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