Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

I’m back with another buffalo sauce recipe… seems like I’m really missing WNY food these days! I made buffalo cauliflower last year for my brother when he came over for dinner at some point last year and it quickly became one of our favorite recipes! This was back before I had the air fryer – so you can definitely make these in the oven but it just takes quite a bit longer to cook the cauliflower through and get a crispy outside. I know I’ll probably be saying this over and over for years to come but everyone needs an air fryer hahah. I literally cook everything in it!

This makes a really quick and easy meal that is a bit healthier than most of the things I make haha. There is a bit of flour and butter but you could always leave out or substitute these for dietary restrictions. I’ve made them a few times without flour – it just doesn’t get as crispy.

plate of buffalo cauliflower on a cutting board surrounded by celery and dressing
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper (I love pepper – adjust as needed)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot
  1. Cut cauliflower apart into bite sized pieces.

  2. Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl. (flour, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper)

  3. Add water to dry ingredients and mix into a paste.

  4. Add cauliflower to mixture and toss to coat evenly.

  5. Preheat air fryer to 375° for 2 minutes.

  6. Working in batches (probably 2-3 batches depending on the size of your cauliflower) add cauliflower to air fryer and cook for 10 minutes, shaking halfway through.

  7. Mix melted butter and red hot in separate bowl.

  8. After 10 minutes, mix part of the mixture of red hot with your first batch of cauliflower.

  9. Put cauliflower back in air fryer for 5 more minutes.

close up of buffalo cauliflower drizzled with blue cheese
buffalo cauliflower on white plate with celery and blue cheese beside it

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