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Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (Air Fryer)


Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are cooked in the air fryer until perfectly crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, then tossed in a buffalo sauce! This healthy alternative to chicken wings is a great vegetarian appetizer that comes together in just 30 minutes and only requires a handful of ingredients!


  • 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup lager beer (or alcohol-free beer or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Celery Sticks and Carrot Sticks for serving


  1. Melt hot sauce and butter in a small saucepan. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Remove leaves from cauliflower. Cut in half and remove core. Cut the cauliflower through the stem end, and break (or cut) into florets about the size of a golf ball.
  3. If your air-fryer requires pre-heating, preheat it to 425 degrees F, Air Fry. Whisk beer, flour, cornstarch, oil, salt, pepper and onion powder in a large bowl. 
  4. Add cauliflower florets and toss well with a slotted spoon to coat thoroughly. 
  5. Coat frying basket with cooking spray. Arrange the battered cauliflower in the frying basket in a single layer. (If necessary, you may need to do two batches.)
  6. Air fry at 450 degrees F, until the cauliflower wings are crispy, lightly browned and the cauliflower is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. 
  7. Toss the cauliflower in the sauce in a large bowl. Serve immediately. Alternatively, if cooking in two batches, hold the air fried cauliflower in a warm oven until the second batch is done, then toss it all together in the sauce before serving.


  • Store any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to re-crisp, heat up in the oven or toaster oven at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
  • If you would prefer to make in the oven, prepare bites according to recipe, except place bites on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven at 400F and cook for 20-25 minutes. Be aware that the cauliflower bites won’t be as crispy, but they will still be tasty!
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup each
  • Calories: 146
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g

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