Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - Crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The vegetarian buffalo wing!

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Baked buffalo cauliflower bites are my answer to wing night for our vegetarian daughter.  I don’t particularly enjoy cooking two separate meals but I do it to make sure she is eating somewhat healthy. Otherwise, she grabs the quickest, easiest junk food.

So when my husband and I are having our buffalo chicken wings my daughter can have her healthy vegetarian version.

These buffalo cauliflower bites are crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The cauliflower doesn’t become mushy, there is still a slight crunch to it. I was surprised that I actually enjoy these faux wings as well.

Buffalo cauliflower bites on a white plate with celery and ranch dressing.

Why You’ll Love These

  • Now the vegetarian in your life can enjoy buffalo wings too.
  • Simple to make and deliver crispy buffalo cauliflower bites!
  • Baked not fried!
  • It can be served as an appetizer, main, or even a side dish.

Tips

  • Adjust the heat to your liking by using a mild or hot buffalo sauce.
  • Line that pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. You’ll thank me later.
  • Keep the florets the same size for even baking.
  • Brush the sauce on if they are saturated with the sauce they will become soggy.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites No Flour

Don’t want to use flour? Keep them low carb/keto by tossing the uncooked florets with a little oil, salt, and pepper. Roast until tender-crisp about 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and toss them in a bowl with buffalo sauce or hot sauce. Return them back to the pan and roast another 3-5 minutes browned and the sauce is bubbling.

Just note that the buffalo sauce doesn’t stick and coat as well as with a batter.

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites dipped in batter on a wire rack in a baking sheet

How to Make Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

We have made these by cutting them smaller and without a batter. They were too soft and the buffalo sauce didn’t want to adhere to the cauliflower very well. So we decided to try a coating and they came out great.

Cut the cauliflower into about 2″ florets. (So they don’t get mushy soft while baking.)

Preheat the oven to 450° degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Place an oven-safe rack on top of the foil and spray generously with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the flour, buttermilk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth and thickened.

Gently toss the cauliflower florets in the flour mixture, being sure to coat evenly.

Place them on the rack and bake for 20 minutes until they start to brown slightly.

While they are baking make your buffalo wing sauce if not using the bottled kind. (1/3 cup melted butter and 2/3 cup hot sauce)

Baked cauliflower in a glass bowl.

Remove the baked cauliflower to a large mixing bowl and toss with the buffalo sauce.

Place back on the rack, and brush with the sauce remaining in the bowl. Cover any areas missed during tossing.

Cauliflower tossed with buffalo sauce.

Bake for the final 10 minutes.

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites on a white platter with celery and ranch dressing.

Serve this spicy buffalo cauliflower with celery sticks, ranch dressing, or blue cheese dressing.

On piece on a fork dipped in ranch.

Perfect for your vegetarian friends during the super bowl or any game-day event!

Storing and Reheating

These are best served fresh. Store in an air-tight container and reheat at 350 degrees until warmed through.

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Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - Crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The vegetarian buffalo wing!

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The vegetarian buffalo wing!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bites, buffalo, cauliflower, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3/4 cup Buffalo sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Place an oven-safe rack on top of the foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the batter for the cauliflower by combining the flour, buttermilk, garlic powder, kosher salt, & freshly ground black pepper. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Gently toss the cauliflower with the batter, being sure to coat the cauliflower thoroughly.
  • Place the coated cauliflower on the prepared rack, leave space between each one.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to brown slightly.
  • When the cauliflower is ready, remove it from the oven and toss in a large bowl with the buffalo sauce. Place back on the wire rack, brush with the buffalo sauce remaining in the bowl. (coat spots that were missed)
  • Put back in the oven for 10 more minutes until browned to your liking.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Serve these baked buffalo cauliflower bites with your choice of blue cheese dressing or ranch and celery.

Notes

To make your own buffalo sauce melt 1/3 cup of butter with 2/3 cup hot sauce.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1777mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg

Recipe inspired by OurLifeTastesGood

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6 Comments

  1. I absolutely love your recipe! I am writing vegetarian recipe round ups on my blog in 2018 (to encourage people to try meatless monday- everyone has to start somewhere) and would love to feature you. You can check out my blog (for beginner environmentalists) at sunshineguerrilla.com. Is it alright if I share this link to your recipe?

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