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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower has only 3 ingredients for a delicious snack. Enjoy tons of buffalo flavor in just 20 minutes.

Plate of air fryer cauliflower with celery sticks and carrot sticks.
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Anyone that loves buffalo flavor needs to give this recipe a try. Even if you don’t like cauliflower, this recipe will be a hit. The air fryer makes it crispy on the outside and it has the best seasoning.

The combination of Buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning give this recipe the perfect amount of flavor. Serve this for the best appetizer, side dish or snack at your next party or Game day. It is so delicious that your family will ask for this all the time.

Why We Love Air fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

It is an easy and tasty alternative to buffalo chicken wings. Anyone can make this quickly in minutes. It is so simple. Since there isn’t any breading, the recipe is really healthy. No complicated ingredients or time consuming steps.

The air fryer makes this so crispy without traditional frying. and the flavor is really amazing. They are perfect for dipping into your favorite sauce. Make these for the next party and be prepared for everyone to love it.

Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe: cauliflower, buffalo sauce, ranch seasoning mix.
  • Buffalo Sauce. You can use store bought or try this easy homemade buffalo sauce recipe. It is simple to make and you just melt butter with garlic powder and hot sauce.

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Seasoning Ideas

Feel free to seasoning the buffalo cauliflower with a variety of spices, sauces, and panko breadcrumbs. These are some of our suggestions.

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Sriracha

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

  • Step 1 – Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees. No worries if your air fryer does not have a preheat option. Just let it run at 390 degrees for 5 minutes to warm it up.
  • Step 2 – Then cut the head of cauliflower into bite size pieces. See How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets for easy tips. You can also use Pre-Cut Cauliflower Florets.
Bowl of cauliflower beside seasoning.
  • Step 3 – Use a large mixing bowl and whisk together the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing mix.
  • Step 4 – Add the cauliflower florets into the buffalo sauce and coat the cauliflower. Stir until it is completely coated. Each piece should be entirely and evenly coated with buffalo sauce.
Cauliflower being mixed together.
  • Step 5 – Next put he cauliflower in the air fryer basket and air fry for 12 to 15 minutes. Make sure to toss halfway through the cook time and check to see how it looks. Cook until the cauliflower is the tenderness that you like.
Cauliflower in air fryer.
  • Step 6 – It is just that simple and easy. Anyone can make this easy 3 ingredient recipe. Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Try to cut the cauliflower pieces into the same size. This will help to make sure it cooks evenly.
  • Place the cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer. You do not want to overcrowd the air fryer or the air will not be able to circulate properly. This will prevent it from getting as crispy as normal.
  • Don’t skip the step to preheat. This helps to make the cauliflower crispy. You can let your air fryer run for a few minutes if there isn’t a preset option.
  • Use good quality buffalo sauce or make homemade. Since there are so few ingredients, you need to use really good ingredients.
  • Coat the cauliflower evenly in buffalo sauce. Each piece of cauliflower needs to be evenly coated in sauce. Make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.
  • Don’t add extra sauce. Using too much buffalo sauce before cooking can cause the cauliflower to become soggy.

What to Serve with Buffalo Cauliflower

  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
  • French Onion Dip. My kids love this.
  • Veggie sticks. We like carrot and celery sticks.
  • Extra hot sauce. If you like extra heat, you can serve with hot sauce.
Plate of air fryer cauliflower with celery sticks and carrot sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make in the Oven?

Yes, this recipe works great in the oven. Just mix together as directed above but drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. Get all the instructions for Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe.

How to Store Leftover Buffalo Cauliflower

Place leftovers inside in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep up to 4 to 5 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers

Use the air fryer to reheat so they be crispy again. It only takes 2 to 3 minutes to warm them. You can also use the oven. I do not recommend using the microwave as it will turn out soggy.

Can you Freeze Buffalo Cauliflower?

Yes, you can freeze air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites. Allow it to cool completely. Then place the cauliflower on a baking sheet. Put this in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. This will help the cauliflower not to stick together when frozen. Then transfer to a freezer bag or container. It can be frozen up to 3 months.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

5 from 3 votes
Air fryer buffalo cauliflower has only 3 ingredients for a delicious snack. Enjoy tons of buffalo flavor in just 20 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 37

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ¾ cup Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 Ranch Seasoning Mix Packet

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. If your air fryer does not have a preheat option, then run the air fryer at 390 degrees F for 5 minutes to warm it up.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite size pieces.
  • Then whisk together the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing mix in a large bowl.
  • Then stir the cauliflower into the buffalo sauce until it’s fully coated.
  • Place the cauliflower in the air fryer basket. Cook for 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway through the cook time until the cauliflower is the tenderness that you prefer.
  • Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 37kcal, Carbohydrates 7g, Protein 3g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Sodium 1442mg, Potassium 430mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin C 69mg, Calcium 32mg, Iron 1mg

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