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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Air Fryer Cauliflower Buffalo Wings are addictive and will sure to be loved by both meat and non-meat eaters! These air fried wings are crispy, spicy and make for the perfect appetizer or healthy snack.

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Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower Wings on a plate with ranch and parsley as a garnish.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are a great vegan alternative to traditional chicken buffalo wings.
  • A great low carb and grain-free snack or appetizer.
  • The perfect recipe for Super Bowl Sunday, or just any BBQ or party.
  • These wings are crispy, spicy and savory.
  • Secretly healthy, but incredibly delicious.
  • This recipe is vegan, plant based, gluten free and grain free.
  • Can be baked in the oven or fried in the air fryer.
  • A recipe that both vegan and non vegan’s will love.
  • Check out these buffalo chickpea bites for another great recipe!

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

You can use a whole cauliflower and chop them into cauliflower florets, or buy cauliflower florets from a bag.

I personally love using the buffalo sauce from Primal Kitchen Foods, but you can use any buffalo sauce such as Red Hot.

Paprika gives these cauliflower bites a smokey flavor, similar to what wings typically taste like.

Garlic and onion powder give these buffalo bites a savory added flavor.

Salt and pepper helps balance out the flavors.

Almond flour is the flour that I use to make these buffalo wings grain free. I have not tested this recipe with any other flours.

a close up of the air fried cauliflower wings

Kitchen tools needed to make Air Fried Wings

I used my air fryer to make this recipe. But I know not everyone has an air fryer, and that’s okay. You can still make this recipe in the oven and they will turn out just the same!

  • air fryer (or oven)
  • mixing bowls
  • measuring spoons
a fork holding a single air fried wing with buffalo sauce.

How to make

Making these cauliflower wings is so simple! From start to finish they will be ready in less than 30 minutes. Let’s get into it.

To start, chop and then wash the head of cauliflower. I like to use a fruit scrub to make sure I get rid of any pesticides or bugs that are lingering.

Then, dry the cauliflower florets and place them into a large mixing bowl. Start by pouring the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower wings and coat them really well. Like REALLY well. Ideally, you don’t want to see any white from the cauliflower. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, combine almond flour and spices. Mix really well, then sprinkle over the cauliflower. Again, toss the cauliflower in the large bowl until each piece is well coated with the almond flour mixture.

Place the wings into the air fryer in a single layer. Do not over crowd the wings as this will result in a soggy wing.

Air fry at 350F for 20 minutes. Remove from the fryer and serve with ranch or blue cheese. ENJOY!

Tips and Tricks

Don’t over crowd your air fryer, allow there to be some room in between each piece. Over crowding the air fryer will result in a soggy wing.

Make sure each cauliflower floret is well coated with buffalo sauce and seasonings.

a fork dipping the cauliflower wing into ranch.

How to serve and store

Serve these air fried cauliflower wings with ranch or blue cheese.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or the air fryer for best results.

Taste and Texture

These Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are crispy, crunchy, spicy and savory.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make these in the oven instead of the air fryer?

Yes, bake at 425F for 20-25 minutes or until crispy.

How long will these last for in the fridge?

About 3-4 days.

How can I reheat these?

Reheat in the microwave, or the air fryer for best results.

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If you make these Air Fryer Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Air Fryer Cauliflower Buffalo Wings are addictive and will sure to be loved by both meat and non-meat eaters! These air fried wings are crispy, spicy and make for the perfect appetizer or healthy snack.
Pin Recipe
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
20 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

6 servings

Directions

  1. To start, chop and then wash the head of cauliflower. I like to use a fruit scrub to make sure I get rid of any pesticides or bugs that are lingering.
  2. Then, dry the cauliflower and place into a large mixing bowl. Start by pouring buffalo sauce of choice over the cauliflower wings and coat them really well. Like REALLY well. Ideally, you don’t want to see any white from the cauliflower. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine almond flour and spices. Mix really well, then pour over cauliflower. Again, toss the cauliflower in the large bowl until each piece is well coated with the almond flour mixture.
  4. Place the wings into the air fryer in a single layer. Do not over crowd the wings as this will result in a soggy wing.
  5. Fry at 350F for 20 minutes. Remove from the fryer and serve with ranch or blue cheese.
  6. ENJOY! Best served immediately with dipping sauce of choice.

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Flavor was great but the were soggy. I used an air fryer for half and deep fried the remainder.

Hi Sandra! so glad you enjoyed them flavor. Try not to over crowd the air fryer, they need to be on a single layer to get nice and crispy!

Not sure where I went wrong, I did cook in the oven at 350 for 20 min, they were done but too much flour, had a mouthful of flour with each bite finally had to scrape it al off

Hey Clare, sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you. What kind of flour did you use for this recipe, did you use the same ingredients as listed above?

Can’t wait to try this – recipe looks delicious! You mention using a fruit scrub on the cauliflower to get rid of any lingering pesticides or bugs. Can you please tell me the name of it, and where can I buy it? Thanks.

Hi Stephanie!!

I can’t wait for you to try it! I used the fruit and veggie wash from trader joes! just add a small amount to a bowl of warm water and let your fruit/veggies soak for about 10 minutes!

(omg posting again bc i just realized i spelled “FLOUR” wrong and called it flower long day forgive me so embarrassed)

hey!
i’m fairly new to experimenting with air fryers, and i’m a vegetarian so loved the idea of this.
i tried this recipe and i burned the outside of the cauliflower :/ coating was pretty thick on the outside when i put them in, put them in at 350 degrees and didn’t look super appealing when i pulled them out. turned out real crispy on the outside and really brown, overly brown…
i used regular flour versus almond flour (non bleached if that matters)
and would love to know what i did wrong to try to fix it and nail it next time!
again, first time trying cauliflower wings at all, and would love to know what could be the verdict, as i think it had something to do on my end being new to it (definitely don’t think it was the recipe) <3

Hi there!! Oh no, let’s see there could be a few things that you may be able to adjust. First, don’t over-pack the air fryer. You want the cauliflower to be on a single layer and not stacked too high to the top. Secondly, the regular flour will definitely make a different because the gluten will crisp better than the almonds. So I would suggest baking at 350F but for 10-15 minutes. It’s always best to check on them about half way through and give them a little shake (depending on the air fryer) so that way they cook all the way around. The air fryer that I have is like a small oven so the air circulates and no shake is needed, but not all air fryers are created equal! Let me know if that helps, and I hope the next batch turns out better for you! Keep me posted 🙂

hey!
i’m fairly new to experimenting with air fryers, and i’m a vegetarian so loved the idea of this.
i tried this recipe and i burned the outside of the cauliflower :/ coating was pretty thick on the outside when i put them in, put them in at 350 degrees and didn’t look super appealing when i pulled them out. turned out real crispy on the outside and really brown, overly brown…
i used regular flower versus almond flour (non bleached if that matters)
and would love to know what i did wrong to try to fix it and nail it next time!
again, first time trying cauliflower wings at all, and would love to know what could be the verdict, as i think it had something to do on my end being new to it (definitely don’t think it was the recipe). ?

Hi Cynthia! You can use regular flour, oat flour, or whole wheat flour. The oven temp would be the same 350F, and I would bake them for 17-25 minutes.