How To Prepare Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe Fried Quick

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Craving crispy, tangy buffalo wings but looking for a plant-based option? Look no further than these Buffalo Cauliflower Wings! This recipe is easy to follow, delivers an explosion of flavor, and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most dedicated meat lover.


Crispy Buffalo Fried Cauliflower (Vegan) Recipe
Crispy Buffalo Fried Cauliflower (Vegan) Recipe

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 cups)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (almond, oat, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (your favorite brand works!)
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Prepare the cauliflower: In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper. Spread the seasoned cauliflower florets in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and tender-crisp.

    3. While the cauliflower bakes, prepare the coating: In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the plant-based milk and hot sauce.

    4. Double coat the cauliflower: Once the cauliflower is baked, carefully remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly. Working in batches, dredge each cauliflower floret in the flour mixture, then dip it into the hot sauce mixture, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Repeat the dredging and dipping process for a thicker, crispier crust.

    5. Fry (optional, for extra crispy results): In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium heat. Once hot (around 350°F), carefully add the dredged cauliflower florets and fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

    6. Prepare the buffalo sauce: In a small saucepan, melt the vegan butter and whisk in the remaining hot sauce. You can adjust the amount of hot sauce to your desired level of spice.

    7. Toss and serve: In a large bowl, toss the fried or baked cauliflower florets with the prepared buffalo sauce until evenly coated. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, vegan ranch dressing (optional), and celery sticks for dipping. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on baked cauliflower):

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on hot sauce used)

  • Note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    These Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are a delicious and satisfying alternative to traditional buffalo wings. They are perfect for game day gatherings, a satisfying snack, or even a plant-based main course. The crispy texture, tangy buffalo sauce, and hint of spice make them truly irresistible. Plus, they’re packed with nutrients and lower in calories than their fried counterparts. So ditch the guilt and dive into this delicious vegan indulgence!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use a different type of hot sauce? Absolutely! Choose your favorite hot sauce for the perfect level of heat and flavor. Sriracha, ghost pepper hot sauce, or chipotle hot sauce would all be delicious options.

    2. What if I don’t have vegan butter? You can substitute vegetable oil in equal amounts for the melted butter in the buffalo sauce.

    3. How can I store leftover Buffalo Cauliflower Wings? Store leftover wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer to regain crispness.

    4. Can I make these wings gluten-free? To make this recipe gluten-free, simply use a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Double-check that your hot sauce is also gluten-free.