Buffalo Cauliflower on a blue plate.

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo cauliflower is the perfect answer to your cravings for something spicy, savory, and deliciously satisfying. This side dish can serve as a tasty appetizer, a flavorful side, or even a main course for those seeking a meat-free meal. With its crispy texture and spicy kick, buffalo cauliflower is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.

Buffalo Cauliflower on a blue plate.
Buffalo Cauliflower. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Why You’ll Love This Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo cauliflower offers a unique combination of textures and flavors that make it irresistible. The crispy exterior, thanks to a well-spiced batter, encases tender cauliflower florets. Tossed in a zesty buffalo sauce, each bite is a burst of flavor that will have you reaching for more. Whether you’re hosting a game day party or simply looking for a new way to enjoy vegetables, this dish fits the bill.

What to Serve with Buffalo Cauliflower

Pairing buffalo cauliflower with the right accompaniments can really make the meal. You can serve your buffalo cauliflower with a side of crisp celery sticks and carrot sticks. These crunchy vegetables not only add a refreshing contrast but also provide a cooling effect to balance the spiciness. Or pair them with creamy guacamole or a dairy-free ranch dressing for an extra layer of flavor.

You can also use this buffalo cauliflower as a filling for wraps or tacos. Add shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of goat cheese for a deliciously messy yet satisfying meal. This option is perfect for a quick lunch or a fun dinner.

Buffalo Cauliflower on a blue plate.
Buffalo Cauliflower. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Tips for Perfect Buffalo Cauliflower

Achieving the perfect buffalo cauliflower requires a few key techniques:

1. Consistency of the Batter: The batter should be thick enough to adhere to the cauliflower florets without being overly runny. If the mixture is too thin, add a bit more gluten-free flour; if too thick, add a splash of water. This ensures that your cauliflower will have a crispy coating once baked.

2. Even Coating: Make sure each cauliflower floret is thoroughly coated in the batter. This ensures even cooking and a consistent texture throughout. Toss the florets gently to avoid breaking them apart.

3. Baking Time: Keep an eye on your cauliflower as it bakes. Depending on your oven, the baking time may vary slightly. Bake until the florets are golden brown and crispy. Over-baking can lead to a burnt taste, while under-baking can result in a soggy texture.

Buffalo Cauliflower Pinterest pins.
Buffalo Cauliflower. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Delicious Substitutions

Buffalo cauliflower is highly adaptable, and there are several substitutions you can make to suit your preferences or dietary needs:

1. Cauliflower Alternatives: If you’re not a fan of cauliflower or want to switch things up, try using broccoli florets or even large mushroom pieces. Both options will provide a different texture but will still taste delicious with the buffalo sauce.

2. Gluten-Free Flour: If you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, along flour and coconut flour are options. But they are not 1 to 1 interchangeable.

3. Vegan Butter: While the recipe calls for vegan butter, you can use coconut oil or olive oil as alternatives. These fats will help the sauce adhere to the cauliflower and add a slight variation in flavor. And if you aren’t dairy-free, then I suggest regular butter.

Final Thoughts

Buffalo cauliflower is a crowd-pleasing dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Its spicy, crispy, and flavorful nature makes it a versatile option that can be enjoyed in various ways. Whether you’re serving it as an appetizer, a side, or a main course, it’s sure to be a hit.

Try buffalo cauliflower at your next gathering or as a fun family dinner, and watch as it quickly becomes a staple in your recipe repertoire. Don’t forget to experiment with different sides and substitutions to keep things exciting. Enjoy the deliciousness of buffalo cauliflower, and happy cooking!

Buffalo Cauliflower on a blue plate.

Buffalo Cauliflower

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups larger cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup water plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • cup gluten free flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup gluten free wing sauce or hot sauce of your choosing
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter spread or regular if dairy is an option

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Add the almond milk, water, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine well. Add more water as needed until the mixture resembles a thick pancake batter.
  • Toss the cauliflower florets in the batter mixture until well-coated, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15- 20 minutes.
  • Add the hot sauce and butter spread to a saucepan. Heat on the stove until the spread is melted.
  • Add the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl, then pour the sauce on top and toss to combine.
  • Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until done to your liking. Serve with guacamole for dipping if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 722mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 450IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
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