air fryer crispy buffalo cauliflower next to watermelon and yuka fries

Air Fryer Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower

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I’ve tried some air fryer recipes lately that I just haven’t been impressed with. With recipes I have tried, the breading doesn’t stick well and the end result isn’t super crispy. Well, my friends, this air fryer Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower is not only crispy, but it is also healthy and completely plant-based / vegan!

buffalo cauliflower with watermelon on a white plate

Now the trick to making healthy “fried” food is to buy an Air Fryer (the one linked is the one I have). Before I decided to purchase it, I heard about how awesome the air fryer was. Fried food, without oil … Awesome! It wasn’t until we got my boyfriend’s mother one for Christmas and had the opportunity to play with it that I knew I had to have one. We have not regretted that purchase in the least bit!

Crispy air fried cauliflower coming out of air fryer

I know there are some other recipes out there for air fried buffalo cauliflower, but I guarantee this one is the crispiest! The buffalo sauce is my version of the original. Buffalo sauce usually has butter in it, but since my diet is totally plant-based I tried it with avocado oil and it was delicious. Adding oil to the dish might be removing the “healthy” factor of not actually frying the cauliflower, but at least avocado oil has some healthy fats **shrug**. If you want to avoid oil altogether, you can put the hot sauce alone on them (they will be super spicy), BBQ sauce, or some other oil-free wing sauce.

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Crispy air fryer buffalo cauliflower

Air Fryer Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower

This crispy buffalo cauliflower is better and crispier than any other air fried buffalo cauliflower recipe you will find!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 295 kcal



  • 1 head Cauliflower find the biggest one you can
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour or unbleached all-purpose
  • 1 cup Milk skim, soy, almond, or coconut (unsweetened)


Buffalo Sauce


  • Rinse and break and cut up the cauliflower into bite-sized florettes.
  • With three wide and shallow bowls, set up an assembly line for breading the cauliflower.
  • Add the flour to the first bowl and almond milk to the second bowl.
  • In the third bowl, mix all of the breading ingredients.
  • Start breading the cauliflower and set on a dish. One or a handful at a time, toss the cauliflower in the flour.
  • Remove cauliflower from flour and place in the bowl to coat with the almond milk.
  • Remove cauliflower from the almond milk bowl and toss with the breading. I usually set it in that bowl, roll the caulflower around, pile some of the breading on it.
  • Preaheat air fryer to 375 degrees.
  • Add cauliflower and cook for 15 minutes, shaking contents intermittently for even coverage.
  • Meanwhile, mix the buffalo ingredients and when the cauliflower is finished air frying, toss the cauliflower in the buffalo sauce.
  • If you are vegetarian, this would be great with blue cheese or ranch. Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4.8gFat: 19.1gSaturated Fat: 9.6gSodium: 1034mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 3.6gSugar: 3.1gCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Air fryer, American, BBQ, Cauliflower, Crispy, Healthy, Plant based, Savory, Spicy, Vegan, Vegetarian
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