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Homemade buffalo cauliflower wings with celery next to it in a wing basket.

The Best Buffalo Cauliflower Wings Recipe

Looking for a delicious vegan recipe? You’re in the right place!

Cauliflower Hot Wings are the perfect combination of flavors, textures, and aromas. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these Cauliflower Hot Wings will quickly become your favorite recipe! The sizzling, golden-brown wings will make you smack your lips in delight.

You would usually expect wings to be made with meat, but this recipe has a wonderful twist: it’s meatless!

We Love Cauliflower!

If you didn’t know, cauliflower is one of the best alternatives for meat. It has become the ‘in’ recipe in many dishes. Also, it doesn’t just appeal to vegans and vegetarians – meat-eaters equally enjoy these Cauliflower Hot Wings.

Cauliflower is a stellar substitute for carbs for anyone who is on an adapted diet. It’s a nutritious vegetable packed with vitamin C, fiber and folate.

Do you love cauliflower too? Try this incredible Spinach & Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe with Cauliflower Crust.

Making Your Own Buffalo Sauce

Don’t want the buffalo sauce from the store (or don’t have any on hand)? You can use the following ingredients to make your own delicious buffalo wing sauce.

  • 2/3 cup medium-hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika
  • 1/8 garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions: Combine them in a pot over medium heat for 2 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and whisk until it begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and reserve for later.

Now that you have your sauce, let’s make some ‘wings’!

Vegetarian buffalo cauliflower wings in a bowl.

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings Recipe

This recipe is just amazing! It’s the right blend of many hearty flavors that you will want to recreate again and again!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • ½ cup plant-based milk (we used oat milk)
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ¾ cup of plain breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce (or homemade sauce)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cauliflower cut into florets on a baking tray

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Cut the cauliflower into wing-sized florets and set aside.

In a bowl, create your liquid mixture by combining the milk, water, flour, and spices. Mix until you get a smooth texture.

In a separate bowl, place your breadcrumbs in preparation for step 3.

Step 3

Dip each cut piece of cauliflower into your liquid mixture, shake off the excess, and dip it in the breadcrumbs.

Place on a baking sheet and repeat with other florets of cauliflower.

Step 4

Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

While the cauliflower cooks, prepare the sauce by combining the buffalo hot sauce and the olive oil. (If you were planning on making your own buffalo sauce, this is the time to make it!)

Step 5

Remove the cooked cauliflower from the oven and place in a large bowl. Pour the sauce and mix gently to coat. Put the wings back on the baking sheet and cook for another 10 minutes.

Step 6

Remove your wings from the oven, plate, and serve immediately with your choice of dipping sauces (and if you’re missing the pub, some celery as well).

A close-up of vegetarian buffalo cauliflower wings in a bowl.

Customize Your Wings & Enjoy!

If you want to make your wing experience the most authentic, you can garnish them with a dash of fresh herbs and rosemary.

Add some fresh vegetables to add a splash of color and flavor to the table and you’ve got a sharable dish that tastes as good as it is for you! Enjoy!

Want more cauliflower in more ways? You got it! Try this Cauliflower Rice Bowl.

Sophie Viau

Sophie Viau

Sophie is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and photographer. As a young woman she had an unusual dream: To discover Iceland! "Nobody in my entourage had an interest in this type of trip" says Sophie, so she decided to go alone. What she discovered was that, not only was... Read More

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