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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is the ideal combination of buttery, savory, and spicy goodness.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower on a plate with blue cheese

This incredibly easy air fryer buffalo cauliflower recipe calls for just 2 ingredients — cauliflower and buffalo sauce, but packs on extraordinary flavor.

It includes no breading, making it gluten-free, and keeps the side dish healthy!

You can use either a homemade buffalo sauce or your favorite store-bought buffalo sauce.

Who knew air frying could be so simple?!

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Ingredients needed to make air fryer buffalo cauliflower

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.

STEP TWO: Place the cauliflower florets in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 7-8 minutes, shaking the basket about halfway through.

Raw cauliflower in air fryer

STEP THREE: Transfer the cooked cauliflower from your air fryer to a bowl. Pour the buffalo sauce into the bowl and mix until the cauliflower is even coated. I love to use my easy homemade buffalo sauce recipe.

STEP FOUR: Reduce the air fryer temperature to 350 degrees F. Return the florets to the basket and cook for about 3 minutes.

STEP SIX: Remove buffalo cauliflower from your air fryer. Serve and enjoy right away!

Cooked buffalo cauliflower in air fryer basket

Tips To make the Best Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower

  • Cut your head of cauliflower into bite-sized florets that are as close in size as possible
  • Buffalo sauce includes ingredients such as Frank’s hot sauce, melted butter, and garlic powder, so there’s no need to add those to this recipe
  • Air fry cauliflower florets in a single layer with only a little overlap to let them cook evenly
  • Add the buffalo sauce after the cauliflower is almost done cooking to get that nice sturdy texture
Closeup of buffalo cauliflower in air fryer basket

What to Serve with Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I eat this recipe as a side dish, so I love pairing it with savory meat to get a full meal.

Variations to Buffalo Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

Buffalo cauliflower being dipped in blue cheese

More Ways to Use Buffalo Sauce

What To Dip Your Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower In

While you can eat this as is without any dip, here are a few of my favorite dipping sauces to use.

And don’t forget your celery sticks to serve and dip alongside them!

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower on a plate served with blue cheese

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Closeup of buffalo cauliflower in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Samantha Erb
A simple spicy cauliflower side dish made in an air fryer in just minutes!
4.55 from 20 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 34 kcal



  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Add cauliflower into the air fryer and cook for 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove cauliflower from the air fryer and place inside a bowl.
  • Add buffalo sauce to cauliflower and mix to coat cauliflower evenly.
  • Add the cauliflower back to the air fryer, turn temperature to 350 degrees, and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Remove buffalo cauliflower from the air fryer and enjoy immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSodium: 398mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3g
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