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An overhead photo looking at a plate with air fryer buffalo cauliflower, celery sticks and a bowl of ranch for dipping.
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4.78 from 44 votes

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower results in crispy and crunchy cauliflower bites every time. It's the perfect game day appetizer or snack!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer buffalo cauliflower
Servings: 4



  • 1 large head cauliflower chopped into small-to-medium sized florets (about 4 cups)
  • ½ cup all purpose flour gluten free 1:1 flour will work too
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup buffalo-style wing sauce (I used Tessemae’s Buffalo sauce)


  • Wash and chop cauliflower into 1-inch florets. Try to make all the florets about the same size so that they cook evenly. Pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, water, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add cauliflower florets and toss to coat.
    Cauliflower tossed in the seasoned flour mixture.
  • Preheat air fryer if required. Add coated cauliflower to air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 400°F until crisp, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway. You might need to cook in batches depending on how big your air fryer basket is.
    Seasoned cauliflower florets in a air fryer basket.
  • Remove cauliflower florets from air fryer and add them back into the same large mixing bowl. Pour buffalo sauce over the cauliflower and toss to coat.
    Seasoned and air fried cauliflower florets tossed in buffalo sauce in a mixing bowl.
  • Add cauliflower back to air fryer in a single layer and cook for another 5-7 minutes, until crisp, checking at the 5 minute mark.
    Seasoned cauliflower florets in an air fryer basket after being air fried.
  • Serve cauliflower wings with dipping sauce of choice (I prefer ranch or blue cheese) with a side of celery and/or carrot sticks.



Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1140mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g