Appetizers Vegetarian

Perfectly Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Have you ever had the pleasure of eating fried buffalo cauliflower? If not, you are seriously missing out. If you have never tried it, you probably should because FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real thing. See what I did there? Peer pressure. Besides, I can actually say that I have never heard anyone who has tried buffalo cauliflower say that they genuinely don’t like it. 

Perhaps you think that there is no place for buffalo sauce on anything but wings. I get it. I really do. But sometimes you have to take a risk and expand your horizons. This much healthier, and dare-I-say even more delicious, version of a fried thing covered in buffalo sauce will definitely make you think differently about this little white veggie. And because it’s cooked in the air fryer, you get all of the fried flavor without the grease. Win!


1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into uniform bite-sized pieces

½ c. flour

½ c. water

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Quick and Tasty Buffalo Sauce

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Prepare the buffalo sauce and set aside.

Whisk together the water, flour, paprika, and garlic powder in a bowl. Add the cauliflower florets and toss to coat evenly with the batter. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the battered cauliflower to the air fryer in a single layer and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, turning or shaking at the five minute mark, or until the cauliflower is crispy. 

Toss the cauliflower in a bowl with a light coating of buffalo sauce until it is evenly coated. Return the cauliflower to the air fryer and cook for 5-8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Drizzle with additional buffalo sauce, if desired, and serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing, garnished with green onions and cilantro, and a side of carrot and celery sticks. Enjoy hot!

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