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Steven’s Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Steven Fitzgerald, Habanero Consulting Inc.
Steven Fitzgerald


Wings are a social food. They’re made to be shared and their messiness always seems to lead to some giggles. Now that all our kids are a little older, it’s nice to pair this appi with a nice, hoppy craft beer and perhaps a few hands of hearts. (Yes, we have decks of cards stained with Frank’s RedHot in our house.)

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce (I use Frank’s RedHot)
  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • Coarse salt
  • Ranch dressing as a side, of course!


Step 1

Cut the cauliflower into large florets and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, mix the hot sauce and melted butter.

Step 3

Pour the hot sauce mixture over the cauliflower and mix well.

Step 4

Let the mixture marinate for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5

Place the panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish and season with a little coarse salt.

Step 6

Dip the cauliflower into the panko crumbs, making sure to coat them well.

Step 7

Place the cauliflower onto the air fryer baking tray, making sure not to lay them on top of each other. I like to cook this recipe in two batches so as not to overcrowd the cauliflower so they cook more evenly.

Step 8

Set your air fryer to 400°F and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. You want the bites to be cooked but not browned.

Step 9

When the bites are done, you can drizzle them in more hot sauce.

Step 10

Serve with ranch dressing and carrot and celery sticks.

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