Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Looking for a low-carb crowd pleaser?  This is totally it.  I couldn’t believe how much we enjoyed making this in our air fryer and talk about FAST….holy cow.  Awesome! #AirFryer #Cuisinart #Buffalo #Cauliflower #Appetizer

Buffalo Cauliflower – The Ultimate Air Fryer Appetizer

Looking for a low-carb crowd pleaser?  This is totally it.  I couldn't believe how much we enjoyed making this in our air fryer and talk about FAST....holy cow.  Awesome! 

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Howdy –

So have you taken the plunge and purchased an air fryer yet??  We did and I’m so glad we made the leap.  We were back and forth on it for a bit, but now that we have it, I’m pretty amazed at how much we are using it! Yep, it took up more counter space in my kitchen, but as long as we are faithfully using our air fryer, it’s worth it to me.

If you need some inspiration before you run out and purchase that air fryer you’ve been contemplating, read this….it’s a post that shares my thoughts on WHY an air fryer may just need a spot in your kitchen.  I wrote this after we had ours for a while, sharing why we are in love with the dang thing.

Looking for a low-carb crowd pleaser?  This is totally it.  I couldn't believe how much we enjoyed making this in our air fryer and talk about FAST....holy cow.  Awesome! #AirFryer #Cuisinart #Buffalo #Cauliflower #Appetizer

Which Air Fryer Should You Purchase?

We went with the  Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer.  It’s also a toaster oven with a convection bake setting, too.  The basket is big enough to make 4 grilled cheese sandwiches at once which is perfect for our family.  Or, if you want to cook just a single grilled cheese (or BLT!), you can do so – the basket doesn’t have to be completely full of food to use the air fryer.  We love how CRISPY the air fryer makes things and how it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.  I think we will use it in a TON in the summer months when it’s super hot here in Kansas.

 

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Step-by-Step

This is the easiest air fryer appetizer you’ll likely EVER make, seriously.  It is so simple I was worried it might be just so-so….boy, was I WRONG.  It’s delicious, with just the right amount of heat.

1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, whisking in the buffalo sauce until combined.

2. In a bowl, toss the panko crumbs with the salt.

3. Dip the cauliflower pieces into the prepared buffalo sauce mixture, using the stem for your handle. Now dredge each one in the panko mixture.

4. Place the cauliflower pieces onto the air fryer basket in a single layer.

5. Air fryer for 12-15 minutes, or until fork-tender and golden brown.

6. Serve at once with your favorite Ranch dressing as a dipping sauce.

How ridiculously EASY is THAT????? 

Looking for a low-carb crowd pleaser?  This is totally it.  I couldn't believe how much we enjoyed making this in our air fryer and talk about FAST....holy cow.  Awesome!

Printable Recipe for Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Looking for a low-carb crowd pleaser?  This is totally it.  I couldn't believe how much we enjoyed making this in our air fryer and talk about FAST....holy cow.  Awesome! 
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup  panko breadcrumbs mixed with 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • Your Favorite Ranch Dressing, for dipping

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter with the buffalo sauce.Holding each piece of cauliflower by the stem, dip each one in the butter/buffalo sauce mixture, getting most of it coated in the sauce. (Don’t worry if a bit of the stem doesn't get dipped.) Hold the cauliflower over the bowl until it stops dripping.
  2. Now dredge the dipped cauliflower in the panko, coating it as much as you like.; place into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry the cauliflower at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, shaking or tossing a few times, and checking the progress as you go. The cauliflower is done when the florets are a little bit browned.
  3. Serve with the creamy dipping sauce of your choice.

Try this Air Fryer Recipe:  Churro Stix  – A Quick and Tasty Dessert Made with Store-Purchased Puff Pastry

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

Blog Comments

Question – Does the Cruisinart Air Fryer use any oil? I thought some used a small amount. Is it basically a powerful convection oven with air circulating? Do you need to stir or turn the food? I’m weighing the cost & counterspace vs advantages. Thanks for the help, love reading your posts.

Hi Jan – The only oil I use in my Cuisinart Air Fryer is what I brush onto the items I’m air frying. And, yes, at least as far as what we’ve experienced, the Cuisinart Air Fryer is a miniature version of a convection oven. We do find that we need to turn what we air fry, approx. half way through the cooking time, and it’s perfect….lovely golden brown and nicely crisped. I’ve been shocked at how much we are actually using our air fryer – especially the men in my family. They have adapted to using it much more quickly than I have, but I know it’s because of how fast it’s hot and ready to go – almost instantaneously! I totally understand your concern regarding cost and the amount of counter space you have to give up. I think that once we made a deep-dish quiche in it as well as a couple of rib-eye steaks (oh, and BACON!), we were completely and totally SOLD. I think we will use it even more in the summer months when we don’t want to heat up the kitchen from oven use. Let me know what else I can help you with. Chef Alli

thanks, Alli – I think I’ll put it on my wish list!

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