Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites- Spend With Pennies


Oven-baked Buffalo Cauliflower is a simple appetizer or a tasty side dish recipe.

Who doesn’t love all things buffalo-style? From buffalo chicken dip to buffalo hot wings and this buffalo cauliflower recipe too! This easy recipe is a family favorite snack (with a side of Blue Cheese Dressing)!

plated Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower with garnish

Why We Love This Snack

Fun fact: Of the thousands of recipes on my site, this is one of my Mom’s favorite recipes I’ve posted! She makes it all of the time.

  • Restaurant fried buffalo cauliflower bites are always a favorite but baking them at home is so much healthier.
  • We love the flavor of these wings (if you don’t like spice, try a mild buffalo sauce).
  • I love buffalo chicken wings and but I love my veggies too! This is the best of both worlds.
  • These can be oven baked or you can air fry them.
Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower ingredients

Ingredients for Buffalo Cauliflower

Cauliflower – We like fresh cauliflower for this recipe but frozen can be used. Ensure the cauliflower is washed and dried really well, additional moisture will keep the batter from crisping. Prewashed cauliflower florets to make it easy.

Batter – This recipe starts with a light coating of wet batter which is then gently tossed in bread crumbs. It’s made with simple ingredients milk, flour & seasonings.

Bread Crumbs – A sprinkle of bread crumbs gives these a little crunch.

Buffalo Sauce vs. Hot Sauce

Buffalo sauce is different than hot sauce. Buffalo Wing Sauce is generally 2 parts hot sauce (like Frank’s red hot) to 1 part melted butter (that’s why it tastes so darn good)!

You can use a bottled Buffalo Sauce in this recipe too (I love Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce best).

coated cauliflower on sheet pan to make Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower

  1. Prepare cauliflower: Prep the cauliflower by cutting it into bite-sized pieces. Ensure it is dry.
  2. Make batter: Stir the wet batter in a bowl or freezer bag. Toss the cauliflower to coat. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  3. Bake until crispy: Bake the buffalo cauliflower wings until browned and crisp. Toss with buffalo sauce and bake a few minutes more.
pouring buffalo sauce on cauliflower to make Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

Holly’s Tips

  • Ensure the cauliflower is very dry after washing. You can use a salad spinner or shake it dry. I try to wash it the day before if I can.
  • Toss the cauliflower in the wet batter and let most of the excess drip off, you want just a light coating.
  • Add additional seasonings to your liking including paprika, lemon pepper, smoked paprika.
  • Line the pan with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Gently add some of the buffalo sauce to the cauliflower, you don’t want them saturated with sauce or they will get soggy.
  • If some of your friends/family don’t like spice, leave a few aside when adding buffalo sauce and season with salt and black pepper instead. Serve them with your favorite dips.
cauliflower with buffalo sauce on a sheet pan to make Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

Serving Suggestions

These make a great snack on game day but can also be served in place of roasted cauliflower too.

Buffalo cauliflower bites call for sides of celery and carrots, but, why stop there? Serve with some avocado ranch dressing, or your favorite yogurt or sour cream based dip.

Can you use frozen cauliflower for buffalo cauliflower?

You sure can! Be sure the frozen cauliflower is thawed, drained, and dabbed dry or the batter will not crisp. Frozen cauliflower will be softer than fresh.

Can you cook buffalo cauliflower in the air fryer?

Yes. Place a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fryer at 350°F for 5 minutes and 400°F for an additional 5-7 minutes.

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Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

This Buffalo Cauliflower recipe is perfect for a party, a potluck, or serve as a low-carb side dish!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.

  • Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and discard the core.

  • Combine milk, flour, oil, garlic powder, and pepper in a large bowl. Place batter and cauliflower in a large zippered bag and gently toss until cauliflower is coated.

  • Pour cauliflower into a large strainer, letting any excess batter drip off. You want just a light coating of batter. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs and gently toss.

  • Place on a foil-lined pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently toss with buffalo sauce. You want the cauliflower coated but not soaked.

  • Place cauliflower back on the pan and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender-crisp.

  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

  • Note: You can purchase store-bought buffalo sauce or mix ⅓ cup melted butter with ⅔ cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot). Whisk until combined.
  • Ensure the cauliflower is very dry after washing. You can use a salad spinner or shake it dry. I try to wash it the day before if I can.
  • Toss the cauliflower in the wet batter and let most of the excess drip off, you want just a light coating.
  • Gently add some of the buffalo sauce to the cauliflower, you don’t want them saturated with sauce or they will get soggy.
  • If some of your friends/family don’t like spice, leave a few aside when adding buffalo sauce and season with salt and black pepper instead. Serve them with your favorite dips.
4.91 from 110 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
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Calories: 123 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 34.7mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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