Cauliflower buffalo bites are a healthy appetizer or side dish that will quickly become a family recipe.

Make them for your next party and watch them disappear! A spicy and tangy homemade buffalo sauce coats battered cauliflower bites for a crispy appetizer favorite!

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What are Buffalo Cauliflower Bites?

  • Superfood cauliflower florets are coated in a crispy batter and baked with homemade buffalo sauce so they come out with that deep-fried crunchy coating.
  • Fresh and healthy buffalo cauliflower bites taste as if they came from your fave sports bar, but you can make them in your own kitchen in just minutes.
  • These crowd-pleasing apps are much easier to make and more affordable than chicken wings, especially for parties and get-togethers!
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Ingredients & Variations

Cauliflower – Fresh, whole cauliflower, pre-bagged florets or frozen will work – just make sure the pieces are extra dry before using so the batter clings properly and bakes up extra crispy! Broccoli is a great and colorful addition to this recipe, too.

Batter – Regular flour and panko breadcrumbs can be switched out to make a keto recipe using almond flour and crushed pork rinds instead!

buttermilk, flour , butter , cauliflower , panko bread crumbs , hot sauce , garlic powder and paprika in bowls with labels to make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

  1. Combine flour and buttermilk in one bowl and the breadcrumbs and seasonings in another.
  2. Dip cauliflower florets in the batter and then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Make sure cauliflower pieces are dry so the batter adheres properly.
  3. Bake (per recipe below) until they’re crispy and golden brown.


  1. Prepare the sauce as directed in the recipe and toss it with the baked cauliflower pieces.
  2. Return them to the oven to bake until browned around the edges.
  3. Garnish with parsley or chopped green onions.

What Goes with Cauliflower Buffalo Bites?

Even though these tasty bites stand on their own for flavor, why not pair them with some sesame cauliflower and a creamy, queso blanco dip, or your fave ranch dressing and some carrot and celery sticks?

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Storing Leftovers

Keep leftover buffalo cauliflower bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheat them under the broiler or in an air fryer to get that crispy coating again!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower bites are an easy low-carb appetizer or side dish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author I Don’t Have Time For That


Baking Pan lined with parchment paper



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 head cauliflower washed, dried, & cut into florets

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1 cup hot sauce (up to 1 ½ cups)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika

Additional Ingredients

  • parsley or green onions for garnish chopped, optional
  • Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing for dipping, optional


Roasted Cauliflower

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour & buttermilk. In another bowl, add panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, & paprika. 
  • Dip the cauliflower florets, a couple at a time, into the wet mixture. Allow any excess to drip off, then place the florets into the panko. Toss to ensure they are coated on all sides, then transfer the florets to the sheet pan. Repeat with remaining cauliflower. 
  • Roast cauliflower for 25-30 minutes, or until it has become crispy & golden brown. Set cauliflower aside while making the buffalo sauce, but leave the oven on.

Buffalo Sauce

  • Combine hot sauce, butter, garlic powder, & paprika in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter has melted. If the mixture starts to separate, whisk vigorously until mixed again.
  • Spoon sauce over florets and toss to combine. Save any leftover sauce for dipping.

Crisp and Serve

  • Return the buffalo cauliflower to the oven& bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is crisp & starting to turn dark brown around the edges.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley or green onion & serve immediately. 


Buffalo cauliflower bites are best eaten immediately. However, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 2058mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 792IU | Vitamin C: 114mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American

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