Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch on the side

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 12, 2020 | By

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ~ an easy, healthy spicy appetizer made in just minutes! Crispy outside, tender inside and loaded with bold flavor. Serve with ranch or blue cheese for dipping.

If you’re a fan of all things buffalo but trying to eat little lighter (aren’t we all?) you’re going to love this low-carb recipe.  

Buffalo Cauliflower bites are incredibly easy to make and don’t hold back on flavor but I’ll admit, I was reluctant to jump on the train that turns vegetables into something else, like rice or pizza crust.

These spicy bites are not buffalo wings nor will I make any sort of claim that they’ll be mistaken for them. They are a delicious healthy snack all on their own. You might say they’re crispy, spicy bites of buffalo goodness.

buffalo cauliflower bites served with ranch, carrots and celery

Is that air fryer you got for Christmas tucked in the back of a closet? No judgement here if it is. Maybe you’re wondering where to start – how to start – and which recipe you should make first.

This post will walk you through tips for getting the most out of your air fryer and in particular how to make this delicious healthy appetizer completely in your air fryer.

First, what is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is a small kitchen device that imitates the taste and crispiness of deep fried food using very little to no oil (about 1/4 teaspoon in this recipe) making it a healthier way to cook. Fans of crispy fried food, this device is for you.

What’s in Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites?

  • cauliflower
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • buffalo wing sauce
  • honey
  • flour
  • corn starch
  • salt
  • celery sticks, ranch and/or blue cheese for serving

How to make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:

Remove the stem and core from the cauliflower and break it into bite size florets then transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, melt the butter then fold in the olive oil, hot sauce and honey and stir until thoroughly combined.

Pour the hot sauce mixture over the cauliflower then gently mix until the florets are coated.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, corn starch and salt together then sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of the flour mixture at a time over the cauliflower gently mixing until everything is coated. 

Preheat the air fryer to 350° for 3 minutes then lightly brush the bottom of the fryer with olive oil (you’ll only use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of oil). Transfer half of the cauliflower to the air fryer without crowding the basket.  

Air fry for 15 minutes total or until the bites are crispy and some edges browned, pausing to shake the basket a couple of times during the cooking process.

If you want to warm the first batch, just return them to the air fryer and heat for one minute at 350° then serve right away with carrots, celery, ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

plate of air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch

Looking for more tasty air fryer recipes? 

Air Fryer Salmon with teriyaki sauce: Perfect flaky salmon in 10 minutes. Juicy inside, lightly crispy outside plus a homemade teriyaki glaze. This easy, healthy recipe is loaded with flavor and ideal any night of the week.

Air Fryer French Fries: the BEST hand cut air fried crispy French fries using just one teaspoon of oil are easy to make. Less fat, less calories, more flavor.

Air Fryer “fried” Pickles: Crunchy dill pickle chips with crispy breading air fried, served with a creamy, spicy sauce for dipping.

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos: Better than fried! Spicy shredded chicken and cheese packed into corn or flour tortillas air fried until golden and crispy.

Is the Air Fryer easy to clean?

Yes ~ the interior coating makes cleanup quick and easy with just soap and water. The manufacturer says it’s dishwasher safe but I wash it by hand like my cookware.

Top 5 things I love about my Air Fryer: 

  1. Healthier cooking method.
  2. Cooks super fast!
  3. Imitates the crispiness of frying.
  4. Fantastic taste.
  5.  
  6. Super simple cleanup.

Total decadence, but if you’re looking to splurge and crave more buffalo flavor, this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is well worth it! 

If you tried this  recipe or any other on the blog then I’d love to hear from you with a comment or star rating.

plate of air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites served with ranch dip

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buffalo cauliflower bites served with ranch, carrots and celery

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Easy, healthy buffalo cauliflower bites made in the air fryer! Crispy outside, tender inside. Delicious alone or serve with ranch or blue cheese for dipping.
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CourseAppetizer
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower stem/core removed, cut in florets
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + small amt to brush inside of air fryer
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (or more to taste) Frank's wing sauce used
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the stem and core from the cauliflower and break it into bite size florets then transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, melt butter then stir in the olive oil, hot sauce and honey and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the cauliflower, mixing until the florets are coated.
  • In another bowl, whisk the flour, corn starch and salt together. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of the flour mixture at a time over the cauliflower gently mix until everything is coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350° for 3 minutes then lightly brush the bottom of the fryer with olive oil. Transfer half of the prepared cauliflower to the air fryer without crowding the basket.  
  • Air fry for 15 minutes total or until the bites are crispy and some edges browned, pausing to shake the basket a couple of times during the cooking process. Optional: to warm the first batch of bites, return to the fryer for 1 minute at 350 degrees.
  • Serve right away with carrots, celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

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