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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthier vegetarian version. Tender crispy cauliflower baked to perfection in a buttered hot sauce mixture is delicious!

Cauliflower buffalo bites on platter with dressing and celery

Why this recipe works:

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are surprisingly addictive. Even people who aren’t very fond of cauliflower love this recipe because they really do taste more like hot wings than anything else.

This recipe is very simple to make as you will see below.

When served with some bleu cheese dressing and celery sticks, you’ve got yourself one tasty little snack or appetizer!

Here’s how to make them:

  1. First step is to make a mixture of flour, water, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. This gets mixed well in a large bowl (photo 1).
  2. The cauliflower is then cut into bite sized florets (photo 2) and tossed in the flour mixture to coat (photo 3).
  3. The coated cauliflower is then spread in an even layer on a greased baking sheet and baked for about 15 minutes (photo 4). At that point, they are taken out of the oven, tossed in a mixture of hot sauce and melted butter (photo 5), and then placed back into the oven on the baking sheet (photo 6) until they are nice and crispy.

step by step process photos to make Buffalo cauliflower

Cooking tips:

  • You can use a head of cauliflower and cut the florets or you can buy a bag of pre-cut florets.
  • Be sure to cut the florets are on the larger side. If they are too small, they will be mushy. The larger chunks allow the buffalo cauliflower bites to brown nicely while still maintaining some texture.
  • Serve the buffalo cauliflower warm. They are still good at room temperature, but serving them warm will make your mouth water.
  • For easier clean up, you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • The cauliflower buffalo “wings” are easy to stab with little wooden toothpicks. Otherwise, no utensils needed!

Buffalo cauliflower on square white platter

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Prep15 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Total55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.

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Ingredients 

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup hot sauce (I prefer Frank's Red Hot)
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heavily grease baking sheet with butter. Divide cauliflower into bite sized chunks.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, water, olive oil, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Add cauliflower and gently toss to coat each piece evenly. Transfer coated cauliflower to prepared baking and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven.
  • In large bowl, combine hot sauce and melted butter. Add partially cooked cauliflower and gently toss to evenly coat. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and continue cooking for an additional 20-25 minutes, turning once, until pieces start to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve warm with blue cheese dressing and fresh celery sticks.

Notes

Cooking tips:

  • You can use a head of cauliflower and cut the florets or you can buy a bag of pre-cut florets. 
  • Be sure to cut the florets are on the larger side. If they are too small, they will be mushy. The larger chunks allow the buffalo cauliflower bites to brown nicely while still maintaining some texture.
  • Serve the buffalo cauliflower warm. They are still good at room temperature, but serving them warm will make your mouth water.
  • For easier clean up, you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • The cauliflower buffalo "wings" are easy to stab with little wooden toothpicks. Otherwise, no utensils needed!

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 939mg, Potassium: 122mg, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 28.5mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated with process photos, helpful information, and cooking tips. Don’t worry – I didn’t change the recipe!

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76 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The absolute BEST buffalo cauliflower and so easy to make. The cooking time is perfect; not too soft and not too hard. They turned out crispy and light. I tried them with a little bit of buttermilk ranch. But let’s be real, they are just as good all by themselves.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these in a pinch and not wanting to go to the grocery store with taco bell hot sauce and in my air freyer… They were excellent!!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Krissy!
    I am wondering if this is something that can be made ahead of time and reheated? I’m having a big party and was thinking about making a giant batch the night before. Not sure if it would get gross or soggy tho? Thoughts?

    1. Hi Mary, If it were me, I’d prepare all of the ingredients ahead of time but would wait to make it when I’m ready to serve. I just don’t think this particular recipe would do as well if made ahead. Hope that helps!

      1. Delicious and easy. I made them using an air fryer at 400 for 10 minutes, then sauce for 5 minutes. They were perfect and crispy!

  4. I make this recipe all the time. It’s easy and delicious. I have never had an issue with them being soggy. Sometimes I cook them a little longer if I put too much batter on them.

  5. 5 stars
    We really liked this recipe! I used frozen cauliflower instead of fresh and they came out great. I added about 5 minutes to the initial cook time but other than that everything the same (used vegan butter). I also used Sweet Baby Ray’s buffalo sauce. Next time I’ll double (or triple!) the recipe, though. It’s a long time to make not a ton of food.

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely love these ! Just follow the receipe ! I bought regular buffalo sauce which was Spicey enough for me and they turned out fabulous! Thank you crunching my cravings !! LOL I’m following a new meal plan and these fit in perfectly ❤️

  7. 5 stars
    I liked this recipe. I did use almond flour instead of regular all purpose flour. It was super liquefied (understandably) so I used some Xantham gum to thicken it up and it worked a treat. These turned out fabulous! I ended up pairing them with roasted butternut squash & garlic asparagus. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I just made these tonight. Followed the recipe almost to the t. The only things I changef was using Texas Pete’s hotter hot sauce. I also, took somone else’s advice and broiled them for the last minute. Turned out soooooo god. Thank you!!!!