Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower


This delicious Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is an amazingly easy side dish recipe that will have your family happily eating their vegetables!

Want a totally unique and different way to make cauliflower? These little poppers taste like a salty snack. No one will be able to tell they are a vegetable!

Easy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing an air fryer recipe that I know you will love, Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower

A plate of buffalo air-fryed cauliflower bites

This is a super nostalgic recipe for me and I am so excited to share it here. When I first started blogging, almost 7 years ago, my very first contributor “job” was for a small food blog. The first recipe I shared there was for Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.

I was SO proud of that post and despite knowing nothing about blogging, the post turned out pretty well! Looking back, my dialogue was bad and the photos even worse! But the recipe, that was good, so good! So here we are, 7 years later with an updated Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower recipe, made in the air fryer! The photos are way better and the recipe better, too!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

I know I know, buffalo cauliflower is not the same as buffalo wings and you won’t be fooling anyone here, but if you are craving that buffalo flavor, this will definitely do the job! Cauliflower has been making a big comeback the last few years and has skyrocketed in popularity. Buffalo cauliflower isn’t anything new, but with the popularity of air fryers recently, I knew that I needed to come up with the best cauliflower recipe for the air fryer!

How to Make Crispy air fryer buffalo cauliflower

One of the best parts of this recipe is that you only need 3 ingredients! Cauliflower, cut into large florets, buffalo sauce (I like the premixed stuff) and panko breadcrumbs!

What are panko breadcrumbs?

They are a Japanese style bread crumb that is extra crispy. You can find them at any grocery store, alongside the other traditional bread crumbs.

Frank's Red Hot Thick Sauce

Can you make your own Buffalo sauce?

You can certainly make your own buffalo sauce by combining 4 tablespoons butter with 1/2 cup hot sauce. I prefer to buy buffalo sauce from the condiment aisle because they just have the ratio perfected and it saves you a step! If you like ranch-flavored buffalo sauce, add 2 tablespoons ranch to your sauce.

How to make buffalo Cauliflower without an air fryer

While the results won’t give you the same super crispy texture, you can still make buffalo cauliflower in the air fryer. Follow the same preparation as in the recipe card. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Lay your cauliflower in a single layer on the cookie sheet. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until brown and tender.

Crispy Cauliflower bites in the air fryer

What you need: 

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Kitchen Tools Needed: 

  • Air Fryer, at least 4 quart. I love my Ninja Brand!

Ingredients Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

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Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

This delicious Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is a spicy way to serve up cauliflower for dinner!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Marinade Time1 hour
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Cauliflower
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 95kcal



  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce or buffalo ranch sauce I like Frank's
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • bleu cheese and ranch for serving


  • Add cauliflower and buffalo sauce to a plastic baggie. Shake cauliflower to evenly coat. Put in the fridge for one hour.
  • When ready to cook, preheat airfryer. Add panko to the bag and shake to distribute.
  • Add caulifower to the preheated airfryer. Cook at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy, shaking halfway through cook time. Serve immediately.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1073mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
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