These air fryer buffalo cauliflower are the perfect balance of tangy, tender, and crunchy. Great for dipping!

cooked cauliflower with buffalo sauce on a plate

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower, also referred to as air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings, are a great vegetarian substitute for traditional chicken wings. Made in less than 15 minutes and with just four ingredients, they make for a quick and healthy appetizer or entree. If you love healthier air fried snacks, make our air fried chickpeas, apple chips or air fryer kale chips!

In addition, this recipe calls for absolutely no breading. The magic of the air fryer gives the cauliflower a super nice crisp all on their own. That means there’s no need for splattering oil OR messy batter.

ingredients for air fryer buffalo cauliflower

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Making air fryer buffalo cauliflower only requires four ingredients and a couple of simple steps. Below, find an overview of the recipe before diving in.

  • Slice the Cauliflower: Using a sharp knife, slice half a head of cauliflower into even-sized florets.
  • Make the Sauce: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and salt together until well-combined.
  • Toss the Cauliflower: Pop the florets into the bowl and toss to coat.
  • Air Fry the Cauliflower: Assemble the florets in a single layer in the tray of the air fryer. Cook them for about 10 minutes at 380°F. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

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Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Below, find some pro tips to help you make the best buffalo cauliflower in the air fryer.

  • Slice the cauliflower into similar-sized pieces. The more uniform your cauliflower florets, the more evenly they will cook.
  • Lay the cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid stacking or layering the cauliflower in the air fryer basket. The key is to create as much surface area as possible for the hot air to hit for maximum crispiness.
  • Toss the cauliflower to coat them evenly. Just like you would with chicken wings, toss the florets a couple of times in the bowl to make sure each one is evenly coated in the buffalo sauce.
cooked cauliflower in a basket

Serving Buffalo Cauliflower

Serve air fryer buffalo cauliflower alongside your favorite creamy dipping sauce for a fun appetizer or veggie entree. Just like with traditional buffalo chicken wings, blue cheese dressing and ranch dressing are great options. For a more well-rounded meal, pair the cauliflower with air fryer potato wedges, air fryer sweet potato fries, or caesar salad. Don’t forget to slice up some carrot and celery sticks!

Storing Buffalo Cauliflower

  • Refrigerator: Store leftover air fryer buffalo cauliflower in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: To freeze leftover air fryer buffalo cauliflower, allow it to first cool completely. Assemble the florets in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the entire sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours, or until the florets are completely frozen. Transfer them to a freezer-safe bag and store them for up to 3 months.

Reheating Tip: The best way to reheat refrigerated or frozen buffalo cauliflower is in the air fryer, toaster oven, or conventional oven. At all costs, avoid microwaving the cauliflower or it will turn soggy.


Why is my buffalo cauliflower soggy?

Your buffalo cauliflower likely turned out soggy if you added too much sauce before air frying. To remedy soggy cauliflower, simply air fry the florets for a couple more minutes or until they’re crispy enough for your liking.

How long does it take to cook air fryer buffalo cauliflower?

It only takes 10-13 minutes to cook air fryer buffalo cauliflower at 380°F.

Are air fryer cauliflower wings crispy?

Yes, when done right, air fryer cauliflower wings should turn out super crispy. To nail the texture, make sure you assemble the florets in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

Are air fryer cauliflower wings healthier than chicken wings?

Yes, cauliflower wings are healthier than chicken wings. The firm texture of cauliflower makes it perfect for air frying, while the veggie naturally has no cholesterol and minimal calories.

What’s the difference between buffalo sauce and hot sauce?

The main difference between buffalo sauce and hot sauce is buffalo sauce contains butter. This adds a nice creaminess to the sauce and makes it perfect for tossing.

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