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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

This Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is a healthy vegetarian twist on a classic game day appetizer! It's spicy, tender, yet crunchy, and great served with ranch or blue cheese!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side, Snack/Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, cauliflower florets, hot sauce
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1/2 cup seasoned panko
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 (1 oz) packet ranch seasoning mix use a dairy free variety to make vegan, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter use a dairy free variety to make vegan, if desired
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 pound cauliflower florets about 4 heaping cups
  • Ranch dressing optional for dipping
  • Blue cheese dressing optional for dipping


  • Whisk together panko, flour, ranch mix, paprika, and salt into a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  • Pour melted butter and hot sauce into a gallon sized baggie.
  • Add in cauliflower florets, seal, and shake until the cauliflower is fully coated in the sauce.
  • Pour in panko mixture, seal, and shake until the cauliflower is fully coated.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  • Working in batches (a third at a time), spray the basket with olive oil cooking spray, and air fry cauliflower for 15 minutes.
  • Remove and keep warm in an oven* while you air fry the remaining 2 batches.
  • Serve with ranch, blue cheese dressing, or sauce of choice for dipping!
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*I set my oven to 300 degrees F and placed the air fried cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet topped with a greased wire cooling rack. Lower the oven temperature if the cauliflower starts to burn/overcook.
The “breading” doesn’t really get too crispy, but the cauliflower is crisp, so the textures work well together!


Serving: 1person | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 2005mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 372IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg