Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

With Super Bowl LIV coming up in early February, I have started brainstorming new, healthy(ish) appetizer recipes for my Super Bowl party. Instantly, cauliflower “wings” came to mind. I have attempted to make cauliflower “wings” three times now with little success, but when I purchased an Air Fryer this month, I vowed to try again. This recipe brings cauliflower “wings” to a new level by utilizing delicious hot sauce as the primary ingredient while using bread crumbs to crisp up a normally mushy vegetable.

Step 3, pre-air fryer
Delicious and crispy!

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes


1 large head of fresh cauliflower

1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce

4 tbsp melted butter

1 cup Panko

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp black pepper

Ranch or blue cheese dressing, for serving

How to Make It

  1. Trim cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Place in large bowl.
  2. Add butter and Franks Red Hot Sauce to a bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour over trimmed cauliflower. Toss to coat cauliflower.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix Panko and spices. Add cauliflower to bowl and coat with dry mixture.
  4. Cook cauliflower in batches at 400°F in the Air Fryer for 14 minutes, flipping halfway through (see Note 1). Cook until golden.
  5. Serve immediately with dressing.

Note 1: Cauliflower bites can also be baked in the oven at 400°F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cook until crispy and golden. Bites can be broiled for a few minutes at the end to further crisp up.

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