Cauliflower has never been the most appetizing of vegetables (anyone that’s tried to get their kids to eat it will understand!) However, this spicy and sweet buffalo cauliflower recipe is a surefire way to ensure that the whole bowl of saucy cauliflower will be completely devoured!
If you aren't a fan of buffalo, why not try some Buttery Garlic Roasted Cauliflower instead? For another way to get your family to enjoy some cauliflower, give this Cauliflower Corn Bacon Chowder a try.
Buffalo sauce is one of those things that goes well on everything – though if you ask Mr. Magpie its proper place is on some deep-fried chicken wings – it can elevate any vegetable to deliciousness, especially so with some baked cauliflower in this buffalo cauliflower recipe.
For best results, make sure you’ve got some blue cheese dressing on hand to dip the cauliflowers in. While great on their own, I’ve yet to find anything that isn’t improved with blue cheese dip! If you don't' like blue cheese, ranch dip is another fabulous go-to.
Ingredients for Buffalo Cauliflower
- Cauliflower (either a fresh head cut into florets or just the precut, bagged type
- All-purpose flour
- Garlic powder
- Buffalo sauce
- Salted butter
How To Make Buffalo Cauliflower
- Mix all your dry ingredients with milk until a smooth, runny batter forms.
- Add your cauliflower and cover it with the batter.
- Bake it in a 450 Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Melt the butter, combine with the hot sauce and honey and brush it onto the cooked cauliflower.
- Bake it again for 10 more minutes until it goes even browner.
- Cool and then serve with some ranch, blue cheese dip, and some crunchy celery and carrot sticks.
How To Store & Re-Heat Your Buffalo Cauliflower
Sadly, this is the kind of thing that really doesn't store well. While you can certainly keep your buffalo cauliflower in the fridge, it will start to turn into a vaguely orange mush after a little while!
However, as long as you don’t mind the gummy texture, you can reheat it in the fridge by placing it in a 400 °F oven for about 15 minutes until cooked through and browned a bit. Watch carefully to make sure that you don’t burn it, though!
Tips & Tricks For Buffalo Cauliflower
- When choosing cauliflower for this recipe, try and pick up the pre-chopped, already prepared florets like you would find in Costco. The pre-made stuff tends to fru out in the package, which helps with texture, plus they are also cut to uniform pieces, saving a lot of hassle on getting them ready.
- With the sauce, make sure you taste it and adjust as you see fit. You might want to add more honey or even more hot sauce, depending on your personal preferences!
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- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Cook Time
- 25 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 6 cups cauliflower precut bagged type
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¾ cup milk
- 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat your oven to 450°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or grease a wire baking rack inserted into a baking pan like shown.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl using a whisk until batter is smooth and somewhat runny.
- Add the cauliflower into the batter in the bowl and mix until the cauliflower is coated.
- Spread the cauliflower out onto the baking sheet or place it on the wire baking rack.
- Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 15-17 minutes,
- Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe measuring cup, then stir in the hot sauce and honey. Adjust to taste - you might want more honey or butter.
- Remove the cauliflower from the oven and brush the hot sauce mixture over each cauliflower piece.
- Bake in the oven again until the cauliflower is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Let cool slightly before serving.
- Serve with Ranch or blue cheese dip, carrot sticks, and celery sticks.
- The prechopped cauliflower in the bag (think the Costco ones) are the best to use for this recipe. The cauliflower slightly dries out in the package, which gives you a better result.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.