Buffalo Cauliflower

A vegetarian alternative to buffalo chicken wings!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: buffalo cauliflower, cauliflower, healthy recipes, makecaloriesgreatagain, makecalorieshealthyagain, mcga, recipes
Cooking Method: Baked, Stovetop
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food


  • 1 ea Cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk I used skim
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Hot Sauce Use your favorite!
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 1/2 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 ea Blue Cheese Crumbles Optional – To your liking


  • Gather your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Break the cauliflower into pieces that are roughly the size of a chicken wing.
  • Combine the flour, milk, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Stir until well mixed.
  • Place the cauliflower into the bowl and shake it, stir it, whatever it takes to get them well coated. I like to use a bowl that have a cover and vigorously shake it. 😉
  • Properly coated cauliflowers!
  • Spread the cauliflower across a baking sheet on parchment paper. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the batter is browning nicely.
  • While waiting for the oven to do its thing, melt the butter with hot sauce and lemon juice over low heat on the stove.
  • Stir until the butter, lemon juice, and hot sauce are emulsified <- Fancy new cooking word I learned today!
  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven.
  • In a bowl (I like to use one with a lid here too), coat the cauliflower with the hot sauce. Be gentle so that the breading doesn't come off.
  • Properly sauced cauliflowers!
  • Spread out on the baking sheet again. Now is the time to sprinkle on any blue cheese you may wish to melt on the cauliflowers.
  • Remove from the oven after about another 20 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • I’ll be honest.  This recipe tastes great.  It’s not that far off from an actual boneless chicken wing.  But what the heck is the point of making this unless it’s a Friday of Lent or you are a vegetarian?  It’s not like we’re subbing cauliflower for prime rib.  Chicken is pretty healthy as-is.   😉
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