Buffalo Cauliflower

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Nicole Leggio
Servings 4 people
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Buffalo Cauliflower takes all your favorite things about buffalo chicken wings - the crispy exterior, soft interior, and tangy, spicy buffalo taste - and turns them into a healthier option you don't have to feel guilty about eating. Super easy and so good!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo cauliflower, crispy cauliflower


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. 

  2. Whisk flour and spices together in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in water and milk. Add panko breadcrumbs to a large zip lock baggie. 

  3. Working in batches, toss the cauliflower with the batter. Don't overcrowd. I did this in about four bathes. Use a slotted spoon to let all the excess batter drip off. Transfer to the baggie with the panko. Seal and shake until cauliflower are coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cauliflower. 

  4. Bake in the oven until crispy and golden brown, about 25 minutes. 

  5. While the cauliflower cooks, add the hot sauce, lemon juice, and butter to a medium bowl. ( I use the same bowl from earlier, just washed out.) Microwave in 30-second increments until the butter is melted. Whisk to combine. 

  6. When the cauliflower is brown and crispy, transfer to the sauce. Toss until coated. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 1279mg53%
Potassium 559mg16%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 309IU6%
Vitamin C 92mg112%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.