Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower

Cauliflower florets coated in a crispy spiced crust, served with hot buffalo sauce and a side of Vegan Blue Cheese Dip? Oh, hi there good lookin’. I know exactly what you got cookin’, and I like it, I like it a lot.

Hot dang theses are good little dudes. I made sure of that for you by testing them three times, just to be sure, for testing purposes only, clearly.

There is just something about eating with your hands, sauciness dripping down your arm, flavour punching bar food deliciousness that I just NEED every now and then. The need is real.

I love diving into a plate of ooey gooey nachos, snacking on crispy baked French fries, feasting on a giant BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich, OMG getting so hungry, I just love it all.

When it comes to this recipe, I must admit that I am the first one to take the first bite as soon as it’s finished! Haha. I LOVE spice and this is a nice kick, so it’s only inevitable. The amazing thing about these bites are that you don’t miss meat at all. As many of you may know, I love eating Vegan dishes a few times a week, therefore, this works for those days that I juts want to do so. Simply omit honey and opt in for maple syrup or agave instead.

To start, Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper. Then in a medium bowl, add water, flour, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, dried parsley, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder and whisk together until fully combined. Set aside. In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs and set aside also.

Now dip each cauliflower into batter (shaking off any excess) and then toss into bread crumbs. Then lay each cauliflower side by side on the baking sheet (about an inch apart). Repeat until all cauliflower are coated. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and “crunchy” looking. **NOTE: Be sure to flip each cauliflower on opposite side half way through baking time**

Then this happened. And by this, I mean Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower. Now I’ve had cauliflower bites in various different ways, and they are delicious, but these crispy buffalo cauliflower bites just went from delicious all the way up to why am I not eating these every day, good. Yeah, I know, it makes me really excited too.

In the meantime, combine buffalo sauce, honey, and BBQ sauce in a small pot and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat (until bubbly). Remove from heat and let cool for 2-3 minutes before adding cauliflower. Once cauliflowers are crisp, remove from oven and toss them in the sauce until fully coated. Add coated cauliflower bake to baking sheet and place them back in the oven (turning oven on broil) for about 5-6 minutes.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup buffalo sauce (see note below)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces discarding the core.
  • Combine milk, flour, garlic powder, pepper and olive oil in a large bowl. Place batter and cauliflower in a large Ziploc bag and toss until cauliflower is coated.
  • Pour cauliflower into a large strainer letting any excess batter drip off. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs and gently toss.
  • Place on a foil lined pan and bake 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently toss with buffalo sauce. You want the cauliflower coated but not soaked.
  • Place back on the pan and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender crisp.
  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
  • Recipe Notes
  • Note: You can purchase store bought buffalo sauce or mix 1/3 cup melted butter with 2/3 cup hot sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot). Whisk until combined.

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