Easy buffalo cauliflower are made with fresh cauliflower florets, dipped in buttermilk batter, baked in the oven, and tossed with a harissa hot sauce.
I’m back with another cauliflower recipe!
These roasted buffalo cauliflower bites are a vegetarian and lighter twist on classic buffalo wings. They’re spicy and crisp, with just enough heat.
Serve them as a fun appetizer, game day snack, or side dish. Or use them as a filling for tacos or buddha bowls. Get creative!
Today’s recipe is from the cookbook, Mostly Plants by Tracy, Dana, Lori, and Corky Pollan, which was recently sent to me for review.
Written by the sisters and mother of Michael Pollan, Mostly Plants [affiliate link] is filled with more than 100 flexitarian recipes. Dishes that are not only seasonal, but approachable and realistic.
Their cookbook celebrates plant-based cooking, and provides a lovely mix of dietary friendly recipes, as well as balanced, and vegetable-centric seafood, poultry, and meat dishes. My type of cooking!
When I stumbled upon these cauliflower buffalo wings, I was immediately intrigued!
What Makes This Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe Different?
In lieu of traditional hot sauce, this buffalo cauliflower recipe uses mild or spicy harissa, which has a more nuanced flavor and is lower in sodium.
Buffalo Cauliflower Ingredients:
Here’s what you’ll need to make buffalo cauliflower:
- Fresh Cauliflower Florets – use this simple guide on how to cut cauliflower to break down a medium head of cauliflower into bite sized florets.
- Unbleached All Purpose Flour – similar to other buffalo cauliflower recipes, the raw cauliflower florets are dipped into a batter made from all purpose flour, spices, buttermilk, and water to thin. This recipe has not been tested with gluten free flour substitutes, but if you’re willing to experiment, I would recommend a 1:1 GF flour substitute, such as Bob’s Red Mill.
- Seasonings – ground paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper
- Buttermilk – provides acidity and tang! Feel free to substitute with milk or unsweetened nut milks.
- Unsalted Butter – a traditional ingredient in classic buffalo wings, butter is combined and melted together with the harissa to give a touch of richness to this dish. Feel free to substitute with dairy free butter substitutes.
- Mild or Spicy Harissa – harissa is a North African chili paste, which I happen to love! I highly recommend Mina hot harissa (or mild, if you’re sensitive to heat) if you can find it. It has a lovely looser texture that lends itself really well to this application, and the quantity listed in the recipe below. If you’re using another brand, be sure to add it sparingly and adjust the quantity by taste.
How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower:
There are a few basic steps to making homemade buffalo cauliflower in the oven. You’ll need a standard half sheet pan and parchment paper.
- First, we’ll be roasting the battered cauliflower florets in the oven at a high temperature until they are crisp and lightly golden. Be sure to space the cauliflower florets apart on the baking sheet, and flip them carefully halfway through.
- While the cauliflower is roasting, you’ll want to prepare the buffalo sauce mixture by combining the harissa and butter, and melting it together on the stove.
- We’ll then gently toss the roasted cauliflower pieces in the harissa-butter mixture, and roast them at a lower temperature until browned and crisp.
How to Serve Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:
Buffalo cauliflower tastes great with a homemade herb yogurt sauce (tzatziki would also work!) or blue cheese dip. Happy dipping!
Reprinted with permission from Mostly Plants by Tracy, Dana, Lori, and Corky Pollan (HarperCollins, Spring 2019) As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Tips for Success:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 755mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g
Reprinted with permission from Mostly Plants by Tracy, Dana, Lori, and Corky Pollan (HarperCollins, Spring 2019)
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.