Buffalo Cauliflower

Make these buffalo cauliflower bites for your next football party! No one will even notice they are healthier or even made with cauliflower. They’re our new go-to appetizer!

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Who here loves cauliflower? I’ve become obsessed recently and ordered some Buffalo Cauliflower at California Pizza Kitchen. It was so good I knew I wanted to try and re-create it at home. Since trying the recipe, I’ve now made it at least 10 more times because it’s that good.

We have always loved appetizers of every kind (and all things buffalo like our Buffalo Chicken Dip and Buffalo French Bread) so we were excited to try these buffalo cauliflower bites to add to our go-to appetizer list.

I decided to use our basic Fried Zucchini recipe with these cauliflower pieces and used Panko instead. We also baked the cauliflower to make it healthier, and it turned out AWESOME!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

How to Make Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

We’ve made this so often not only because it’s delicious, but because it’s simple!

Begin by chopping up two heads of cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it heavily with cooking spray. Pour the milk into a bowl and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

Grab a gallon sized ziplock bag and mix together the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the Panko bread crumbs to a separate baggie. Now you’re ready to start coating each cauliflower piece.

Dip each cauliflower piece into the bowl of milk and then into the flour mixture. Then dip it back into the milk and then into the Panko bread crumb mixture. Set each bite onto the greased baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and toss the bites into the buffalo wing sauce. Return to the pan and bake an additional 10 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and cook for 2 more minutes.

Broiling it for the last few minutes will make sure it’s a little more crispy. 😉

Can you make buffalo cauliflower without the flour and Panko? We think using them makes them more crispy, but you can always just roast the cauliflower and then drizzle some buffalo sauce on it, baking it for a bit longer.

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

Definitely serve these tasty baked buffalo cauliflower bites with your favorite dipping sauces. You could try them with this Nacho Cheese sauce that is sooo yummy. Or even this Chipotle Ranch sauce that is super delicious. Possibilities are endless with this fun appetizer idea.

Again – you can fry these if you want, but baking them is the best option. It’s healthier and they still get that crisp-ness when you broil for the last bit of the baking. We hope you can agree that this Baked Buffalo Cauliflower tastes just like chicken and is super tasty. 😉

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Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

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Make these buffalo cauliflower bites for your next football party! No one will even notice they are healthier or even made with cauliflower. They're our new go-to appetizer!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 156 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko
  • 2 heads cauliflower cut to bite size
  • 1 cup mild buffalo wing sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Pour 1 cup milk in a bowl, set aside. In a ziploc gallon bag, mix together flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add Panko to a separate baggie.

  3. Coat cauliflower by dipping each piece in milk then tossing in flour mixture. Place back in milk, and then toss in Panko. Set on a heavily greased, foil lined, baking sheet and bake for 20-25.

  4. Remove from oven and toss baked cauliflower pieces in buffalo sauce. Return cauliflower back to greased baking sheet and cook for an additional 10 minutes, broiling for the last 2 minutes. Enjoy!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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