Pinned It, Did It: Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower

I’m crossing another off my list! It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? When you starting crossing ANYTHING off your ‘list’, whatever that list may be for. I have several going at all times.

Before D and I changed our life and went vegan we loved us some buffalo wings and ranch, or blue cheese dressing. The spicier the better too. A couple of weeks ago I was craving buffalo wings in a very bad way and decided to google ‘vegan buffalo wings’ and a bunch of spicy buffalo cauliflower recipes came up. I decided on this one like I do most recipes, because they have the best, most appetizing photos.

D and I stopped at the store and got the ingredients and when I got home I made them for us to snack on. They were DELICIOUS! So much so I made them again last night for my in-laws and they loved them as well.

I love the options out there for vegetarians and vegans now. You truly never feel deprived and you even get a taste of some of your old favorites. Next time you are craving buffalo wings swap the chicken out for cauliflower. I dare you.

4.9 from 14 reviews

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower
Recipe type: Appetiser
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • For the batter:
  • Dash of Frank’s Original Hot Sauce, or whatever kind you like
  • ½ c. white rice flour
  • ½ c. water
  • Pinch salt
  • For the Buffalo sauce:
  • ¼ c. Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • ¼ c. oil, canola oil works best
  • Pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the batter ingredients in a small bowl. Dip the cauliflower in the batter until coated evenly then place on greased baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the batter hardens.
  2. Mix together sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Once the cauliflower are done baking, brush them with the hot sauce mixture and bake again for a few more minutes, until cauliflower is crispy.
  3. Remove from oven. You may want to add a bit more buffalo sauce to taste.
  4. Enjoy!


My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures. Enjoy!

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  1. [email protected] says:

    OMG! This is pure genius. I wonder if it will work with coconut flour. It’s the only gluten-free flour I have in the house right now. I’ll be trying this over the weekend. Thanks, Marya@

  2. Lisa @akawest says:


  3. Heather Brooke says:

    I actually pinned this too, but now you’ve inspired me to actually do it!

    I would love for you to link this recipe at my Weekend Meal Planner Recipe Linky

  4. Heather Brooke says:
  5. I really am going to try this! Thanks.

  6. I’m definitely making this for my vegetarian bf, he was quite the hot wings fan before he made the switch.

    I’m your newest follower visiting from Made By You Monday Blog Hop. Come and say hi!

  7. Please tell me what kind of hot sauce- I do not know of Franks. What are the hot sauce ingredients so I know to get the correct kind please?

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      I used Franks Buffalo Hot sauce. You can purchase it at any grocery store. It was easier then making my own :)

  8. These sound divine but I don’t see any info on what you used instead of the blue cheese dressing. I have yet to find a vegan version that does the trick for me. Any ideas?

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      Hi Alicia! Yes! I make a vegan ranch that is killer! I am posting it to the blog, I think, on Monday so come by and check it out!

    • I use 1 cup vegenaise(soy-free), 2/3 cup organic rice milk, and homemade ranch seasoning (you can find that on pinterest!). Super easy and non-vegan husband approved! Enjoy!!

    • EASY vegan blue cheese dressing:
      1 cup of veganaise
      Dash of garlic powder
      1/4-1/3 teaspoon tahini
      1 good teaspoon of lemon juice
      1 good reason of apple cider vinegar
      1/4 block of firm tofu (crumbled for the “cheese chunks”.
      I didn’t put it in as its not necessary for me to have a chunky dressing

      I made this tonight for this recipe (found on PETA’s site).
      AWESOME!!! My mom thought it WAS blue cheese!
      So simple to make! I was skeptical until I tried it.

  9. Any idea on whether other types of flour would work?

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      You know, I suppose you could really use anything. If you aren’t gluten-free then regular flour would work but I am GF. I thought about using Garbanzo flour as well.

  10. I am grain, starch and gluten free and I really want to do this. Would need to either use a coconut flour or maybe almond flour. Anyone try this recipe with either of those?

  11. Megan Kostas says:

    Hey! I am so excited to try this :)
    I have a question though. My boyfriend doesn’t do well with spice. However, he loves wings, and I know he likes the Honey BBQ flavor that Buffalo Wild Wings offers. Do you have an alternative recipe that would come out tasting like that, instead of spicy?

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks so much for the comment. You know, I buy the Buffalo sauce at Whole Foods or any grocery store really, I bet they would have a mild option or even an Honey BBQ flavor as well.

  12. Lesley from Australia says:

    What would be a good substitute for “Franks Hot Sauce”? We don’t have it in Aus and I haven’t a clue what’s in it. Is it tomato, chilli, tabasco or what? In Aus, hot sauce is Worcestershire

  13. Jessica Flanders says:

    I just made these for my afternoon snack and they were delicious! I was amazed at how easy it was to make. I would definitely eat this again! Thank you for the awesome recipe.

  14. Mary A. Witt says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Do you really need to cut the sauce 1/2 and 1/2 with oil?? That seems like a lot of oil.

  15. LOVED IT! I used whole wheat flour so they turned out a little darker than your pic but they were delicious!! I suggest dipping in some blue cheese dressing with buffalo sauce on top :)

  16. Denise O. says:

    OMG these are so great! Thanks for the recipe. We are big Frank’s hot sauce fans.

  17. If you are from Buffalo you’d use butter not oil and blue cheese NOT ranch ;)

  18. Another “blog” has ripped off your recipe and pictures and pinned onto Pinterest linking to their site…

  19. These were soooo good. Even my kids “didn’t hate them” In fact my daughter, who HATES cooked veggies kept going back for more! I did cut the oil to 1 Tbsp and added some water however I would not recommend the water trick. I think it made the batter lose some of its crispiness. I will definatley be buying more cauliflower soon!

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      That’s so cool Kim! I love when kids are inspired to eat more of their veggies :) Thanks for sharing!

  20. So cacn you use any sauce? Like BBQ? does it still taste the same? says:


    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      Hi Jamie,

      You know, I don’t know. Buffalo sauce has a pretty distinct taste but you should totally try it!

  21. Do you have to cook/boil the cauliflower first?

  22. Bernadette says:

    AMMMAAAAZZZING!!! I had never had cauliflower before and I will tell you these are amazing!!!! I added a little bit of garlic powder and oregano into the sauce to step up the flavor but these were really fantastic.

  23. I LOVE this recipe! Made it more than once ;) Anyone ever make them and take them as a dish somewhere? We are having a “healthy snack food” party and I want to take this but don’t want them to get soggy (even though I am sure its still yummy). Suggestions? Maybe bake at my place and do the final sauce/oil at theirs to crisp one last time?

    • Anonymous says:

      What about keeping them warm in a crock pot? I’m having this issue right now also Nd crock pot is all I got

  24. Emily Donohue says:

    Question: Can you use regular flour? Why the rice flour? This looks delish!!!

  25. I made this and it is incredible. However, I decided to use frozen cauliflower. Do not do! It was a little too mushy. I can’t wait to make it again with fresh cauliflower. I used regular flower, which is all I have in my house. I thought it was good. Thanks for this great recipe!

  26. Made these last night for dinner. Modified by using regular flour and some beer in place of the water. Absolutely amazing!!! I was surprised that the coating got hard without deep frying :) . Glad I pinned this one.

  27. do you have any idea how many calories are in this recipe?

  28. The is absolutely amazing! I’m not a vegetarian at all but my sister showed me this recipe so I made it tonight…it’s WAY better than chicken!!!

  29. I made these today for our Super Bowl party. They were a huge hit! Some of my family is GF and vegetarian so they were very happy with this alternative to wings! Thanks so much!

  30. THANK YOU for including a “print this” button! I get so tired of finding good recipes on a blog, but being unable to get them printed out…
    Looks awesome—-I will be trying this very soon!

  31. Sarah Hart says:

    New vegans, don’t forget you CAN NOT eat this with regular ranch dressing! The primary ingredient in ranch is mayo, and guess what mayo is made from? Eggs! Seems like common sense but I’ve known several vegans who ate ranch until I informed them of this…it was a head-slapping moment for them, I think! Just make sure you find non-dairy ranch! Happy munching! :)

  32. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} says:

    I was looking for a cauliflower recipe and came across your site tonight. Can’t wait to try this buffalo cauliflower :)

    I host a weekend link party (starts Friday) and I’d love for you to come over and link up a few of your favorite recipes!

    Hope to see you there.

  33. Made this last week. We’re not vegan nor gluten free, but my kids and I LOVED this. Thanks so much. We are hooked.


    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      That is so awesome Alyson! Way to go, adding a little veggie alternative! :) I’m kind of obsessed with them myself!

  34. These were so great! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

  35. Anyone try this with broccoli instead with any success? I have some in my fridge in need of using!

  36. Can you just use normal flour with this? I currently house all-purpose, self-rising, and cake flour in my pantry…. and would rather not have to buy a fourth! What’s the difference? Is it just a vegan/vegetarian thing? I’m definitely a meat-eater, but I think my husband and I would love this as a side dish!

  37. Can’t wait to try this! Does olive oil work ok? I don’t use canola. I also have coconut on hand if that works better…

  38. I made this tonight and used coconut oil instead of canola oil, it was so amazing! Added a sweet, tropical taste!

  39. I made these tonight, and they are SO GOOD! Thank you :)

  40. Your blog format renders rather oddly in FIrefox. But, this was a fantastic recipe. I used a pre-made buffalo sauce from Whole Foods but the technique was great. Will be making these again for sure.

  41. Sharon says:

    I made this to go with our dinner tonight and it was a hit! A keeper for sure and I will be making it again and again!

  42. Delicious! I love a good hot wings substitute since I’m vegetarian. I used sunflower oil and all-purpose flour since that’s what I had on hand. My vegetable-wary husband was skeptical of these (plus cranky from being hungry) but after the first taste he asked for more. We went through the whole batch, dipping them in homemade ranch dressing. I didn’t use the whole head of cauliflower so I’ll make another batch with the leftovers!

  43. MaryGW says:

    Tried this tonight…YUM! It was so delicious we can hardly wait to try it again. Next time I would cook a little less and test til it is perfect. Some was a bit overcooked due to me not serving it immediately upon taking it out. Thanks so much. We made it exactly as you suggested.

  44. Kassandra says:

    Just made this and WOW! I was skeptic with the cauliflower (bad experiences with cauli rice and pizza crust). My kiddos and I love it! Since I’m not vegan I put some of the ranch powder dip mix in the batter. Definitely making this again. Thank you for posting it!

  45. Made this tonight for dinner and it was incredible! I’m a vegetarian, but my husband isn’t and he still loved it!

    Also–I only had plain flour to work with, and it was still perfect.

  46. Whitney says:

    Wow, I just made this and it is hands down the best way I have ever eaten cauliflower – thank you for sharing! I used brown rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill) and coconut oil spray to grease the pan and the result was DELICIOUS – crispy outside and steamy inside. I found I needed to add a little extra water to get the batter smooth. Frank’s is definitely the best buffalo hot sauce out there so I was excited to find a new way to use it.

    This recipe was so good I think I’ll make it again tomorrow!

  47. Wow. Thank you. This was delish! Made it last night and my husband and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. Yum.
    I used Bob’s White Rice Flour. Might try 1/4 cup of that + 1/4 cup of parmesan and see how that turns out. Would make it lower carb for my blood sugar issues. :)
    This will be our “go to” party platter from now on as we bring healthy food places!!

  48. I made this with almond meal instead of rice flour, and used coconut oil instead of canola oil.
    It is great !!! Thank you for the recipe !!!! Love it !!

  49. Loooove this recipe. My family requests it for every get together and there are NEVER leftovers!

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