Delicious buffalo cauliflower bites recipe that are baked in the oven and drizzled with bleu cheese dressing. Cauliflower buffalo “wings” are the perfect party appetizer that will have everyone asking for the recipe!
Since trying to eat more low carb lately, I’ve been looking for ways to introduce cauliflower more to our daily menus. I actually love cauliflower, but it just wasn’t something I made a lot for some reason!
But I’ve seen lots of recipes for buffalo cauliflower wings and I wanted to try my hand at creating my own version to get my boys eating more veggies too. And it worked! They gobbled these up and my son asked if I could make more.
Which is literally no problem because they’re so easy to make! Only 6 ingredients and most of them are pantry staples (at least in our house).
How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
I’ve made these a couple times now and tried with fresh cauliflower and frozen cauliflower. I much, much preferred the fresh cauliflower. The frozen cauliflower just does not get crispy the way I like it.
Starting with a head of cauliflower, cut off each floret. The small florets I left whole and large ones I cut in half. It’s really up to your personal preference. You might just have to keep an eye on them while they’re cooking depending on how large or small you cut them.
In a large, microwaveable-safe bowl, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Then mix in 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon each of garlic powder and salt.
Once that’s all mixed together, add the cauliflower pieces to the bowl and carefully toss until they’re all evenly coated.
Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Cauliflower has a tendency to stick and this just makes it easier to turn the pieces halfway through cooking time.
Spread your buffalo-coated cauliflower bites all over your prepared baking sheet. Then sprinkle 1/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs all over the top of the cauliflower bites. Do not stir. Just sprinkle those crumbs over the cauliflower and then pop in a 450 degree, pre-heated oven for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove from oven and flip pieces over. Sprinkle with an additional 1/4 cup of Panko crumbs and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
This is where you’ll want to watch the time depending on how large or small you cut your cauliflower florets. I would say the time could go anywhere from about 18-30 minutes. Mine were pretty average size and 20 minutes total was perfect for the way we like them.
After I removed them from the oven, I drizzled them with blue cheese dressing. You could also just pour some dressing into a small bowl to dip them in.
Tips to Making Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- The panko bread crumbs give the finished bites a nice crunch. They are not necessary, though, so don’t worry too much if you don’t have them. Just substitute with regular bread crumbs or leave them off completely.
- If you’re looking for a low carb or keto buffalo cauliflower recipe, then definitely leave the panko off! If you feel like you’re going to miss that crunch, substitute with crushed Moon Cheese. It’s the same ingredient I use in my buffalo chicken bites. They give it a nice crunch and they’re zero carbs!
- You can use bleu cheese or ranch dressing to dip them in.
- For buffalo sauce, I use Frank’s Red hot. Feel free to use whatever you’re preferred buffalo sauce is, though. If you don’t like food too spicy, only use 1/3 cup. You’ll still get the buffalo flavor but it won’t be so over-powering.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with a cooking spray.
- Cut the florets off of the head of cauliflower. If you have large florets, cut them in half to make them all as even-sized as possible.
- In a large bowl, melt butter. Add buffalo sauce, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Stir well to combine.
- Add cauliflower florets to buffalo mixture and stir well until they are evenly coated. Spread onto prepared baking sheet.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup Panko crumbs over cauliflower. Do not stir. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and flip pieces over. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Panko crumbs over florets and return to oven for another 10 minutes or until desired doneness.
- Serve hot with blue cheese dressing.