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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

by Karly

Liven up that cauliflower with our AIR FRYER BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES! Healthy cauliflower, buffalo sauce, and a side of ranch make the perfect snack or light lunch! We’re obsessed!

Overhead view of cauliflower, carrots, and celery on a wooden serving plate.

Like most Americans, we’re obsessed with all things buffalo sauce!

We can’t get enough, as shown by our recipes for buffalo chicken flautas, our frozen buffalo wings, and our buffalo roasted potatoes. <— How can you resist??

We decided to put one of our favorite veggies to work in the buffalo sauce department and we made these buffalo cauliflower wings!

Just a little kick, loads of flavor, and so good dipped in ranch or blue cheese.

How to make:

Prepare the cauliflower – In a large bowl stir together your buffalo sauce and cauliflower florets to get them all coated. Add the Panko, bread crumbs, and seasonings to a second bowl and then mix all that with the cauliflower to coat.

Cauliflower coated in buffalo sauce in a clear glass bowl.

Air fry the cauliflower – Place your cauliflower in a single layer in your air fryer and spritz with oil. Cook for 12 minutes at 400 degrees F. You will need to flip the cauliflower halfway through cooking.

Cooked cauliflower spread out in an air fryer basket.


Which Buffalo sauce should I use?

We love Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, but any brand that you like will work well here.

Can I use frozen cauliflower?

We highly recommend using fresh cauliflower in this recipe. Frozen cauliflower just won’t have the same texture.

Is this recipe very spicy?

We would rate this buffalo cauliflower as mild. For more heat, stir in a bit of cayenne pepper along with the garlic and onion powder.

Close up of Buffalo cauliflower on a wooden plate.

Serving Suggestions:

Everything with buffalo sauce should be served with ranch dressing as far as I am concerned. However, I know that’s a very polarizing opinion and many people insist blue cheese is the only option.

Grab your cauliflower ‘wings’ and dunk ’em in ranch or blue cheese…your choice.

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Buffalo cauliflower on a wooden plate up close.
Overhead view of cauliflower, carrots, and celery on a wooden serving plate.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

You can be eating these fantastic AIR FRYER BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER in under 15 minutes! Perfect for a light lunch or as a snack or appetizer.


  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • ¾ cup buffalo sauce
  • ¾ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup regular bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Add the cauliflower florets and buffalo sauce to a large bowl and stir to coat the cauliflower in the sauce.
  2. Add the Panko, bread crumbs, onion powder, and garlic powder to a second bowl and stir.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the cauliflower into the bread crumbs and toss to coat. 
  4. Arrange in a single layer in the basket of your air fryer. You may need to work in batches. Spritz the cauliflower with oil spray.
  5. Cook at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking, or until cauliflower is golden brown on the outside. 


Serve with ranch or blue cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1349mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g

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