Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

For a spicy appetizer that’s healthier and meat-free, check out these buffalo cauliflower wings. Made with just a few simple and basic ingredients these vegan wings are easy and only take about 35 minutes. 

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

These vegan chicken wings are baked and not fried but still deliver an incredible flavor and texture that you know and crave.

Made to be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside this buffalo cauliflower recipe is one to pull out and show off for every football game, sporting event, tailgate party, and more. 

What Are Cauliflower Wings?

What Are Cauliflower Wings

As the name suggests this is a plant-based recipe that mimics fried chicken wings. The biggest difference is that we use cauliflower instead of chicken, which not only helps to make this recipe meat-free but it also helps to give us a bit of nutrition in every bite because chicken wings aren’t known for being a healthy appetizer.

Thankfully with healthy buffalo cauliflower wings, you can enjoy them more frequently or in larger portions because they’re a lot better for you than their fried chicken counterparts. And if you liked this buffalo cauliflower recipe then you are also going to love these Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos (They’re vegan).

Buffalo cauliflower wings ingredients

Ingredients you’ll need for Cauliflower Wings:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Milk–nondairy or vegan milk can be used
  • Fresh cauliflower
  • Buffalo wing sauce

For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.

Whisk together the flour, garlic powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

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Whisk in the milk until the mixture is nice and smooth.

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Chop up your cauliflower so that it is in bite-sized pieces florets.

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Add a few pieces of cauliflower at a time to the batter and then shakes off the excess before placing them onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all of the cauliflower has been coated.

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Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

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After it’s baked add it to a bowl and toss it together with the buffalo sauce. 

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Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cauliflower is nicely crisped.

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Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


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Do vegan buffalo cauliflower wings taste like chicken?

No, I’d be lying if I said that this recipe actually tastes like chicken because let’s be honest- it tastes like cauliflower. That said, it’s actually really good and is a great substitution for chicken (even if it doesn’t taste identical). It is sure to be satisfying and tasty. If you crave that buffalo sauce heat and that crispy bite of chicken in every bite then these florets are sure to hit the spot.

How long are cauliflower wings good for?

These wings can last up to a couple of days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge but they really do taste the best when they are hot and fresh right out of the oven because that is when the texture and crunch are on point. When the cauliflower has aged and sat for a bit, the outer crunch will soften thanks to the moisture in the cauliflower so make sure to only prepare these bites when you’re ready to eat them and not too soon beforehand.

How to reheat cauliflower bites

You can reheat these vegan wings by placing them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and baking in the oven for 8 minutes at 400 degrees F. This should help to revive some of that crunchy texture you lost during storage.


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For more delicious appetizer recipes check out these healthier options:


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Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • ½ cup buffalo wing sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, and salt, then whisk in the milk until smooth
  3. Chop the cauliflower into bite sized florets, then add a few at a time to the batter and shake off the excess before placing on the prepared baking sheet; repeat until all cauliflower has been coated
  4. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender
  5. Toss the cauliflower in buffalo sauce in a large bowl until fully coated, return to the baking sheet and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is crisped
  6. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce

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Author: Nicole V L Durham

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