Finger Lickin’ Good Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings


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I will admit that this type of dish has been around for a LONG time, but I just somehow decided to make it a few weeks ago and I quickly became obsessed, making it over and over and over.


I have figured out what I love about it and what I dislike. I like some of the hot sauce mixed with the batter so it really marinates the cauliflower so to speak. The cauliflower gets super crispy in an air-fryer. Do you own one? I’m not big on kitchen gadgets. I only like minimal tools in my kitchen but I’m currently obsessed with my air-fryer. I make all sorts of sort of baked things in it and it cooks so quickly and easily. You can surely make these without an air-fryer. A good ol’ regular oven will work just great, too.


Oh yeah, I forgot to say that this recipe is in anticipation of The Game everyone watches around this time. I simply congregate around the snack table and talk to my friends and maybe comment on the show during halftime. I’m not the biggest sports fan, but you don’t need to be to love these.


Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings


A great finger food for sports events, these vegan buffalo cauliflower wings are even better when some of the hot sauce is mixed with the batter so that the cauliflower really marinates in it. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)



  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot sauce of choice (I used Frank’s red hot), divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • Handful of celery, trimmed and cleaned
  • Ranch dressing of choice (I used a store-bought vegan dressing)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the water and 2 tablespoons of wing sauce. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture and mix until combined. 
  3. Add the cauliflower and toss until combined. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven to bake until cooked, about 15 minutes. (I used an air-fryer and it only needed about 10 minutes). Add the cauliflower to a bowl and toss with the additional wing sauce. Serve with slices of celery and ranch dressing.

Yield: Serves 6 (as an appetizer)

Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.