Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

This vegan Buffalo cauliflower recipe is easy and simple. Enjoy it as an appetizer, side dish, or part of an entrée. Top with vegan ranch dressing for a tasty and classic pairing!

Kirsten Nunez, MS

By Kirsten Nunez, MS

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A plate of crispy vegan buffalo cauliflower wings served with a bowl of vegan ranch and celery and carrot sticks.
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Whether you’re hosting game day or craving finger food, these vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings will hit the spot.

Perfectly crispy with just enough heat, these plant-based bites are super easy to make. Just dip cauliflower florets in a simple batter, then coat with bread crumbs. You can also use gluten-free bread crumbs or skip them completely, if you’d like.

Finally, bake the cauliflower florets to crispy perfection, then cover them with your go-to Buffalo sauce. That’s all there is to it.

Serve your homemade vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings with dairy-free ranch dressing for classic take on the appetizer — or, if you’re looking for a full meal, serve them as a side dish for vegan black bean burgers.

Key Ingredients

Vegan buffalo cauliflower wings ingredients: cauliflower, breadcrumbs, buffalo sauce, flour, plant-based milk, and spices.
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  • Cauliflower. For this recipe, cut one medium head of cauliflower into equal-sized florets.
  • All-purpose flour. This will be used in the batter. If needed, you can use gluten-free flour.
  • Oat milk. Use plain unsweetened oat milk.
  • Bread crumbs. Bread crumbs give these cauliflower wings a crispy exterior. Feel free to use gluten-free bread crumbs.
  • Buffalo sauce. Of course, you can’t make vegan Buffalo wings without Buffalo sauce! Be sure to check the ingredients to make sure it’s vegan.

How to Make Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Thanks to this easy 4-step recipe, you’ll be able to make vegan Buffalo “wings” at home. It’s a delicious and simple alternative to store-bought meat substitutes.

You can find the exact ingredient measurements and step-by-step tutorial in the recipe card below.

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and oat milk. Whisk well and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken.

A bowl with all-purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and oat milk combined.
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2. Using a fork or slotted spoon, dip each cauliflower floret into the batter. Rotate the cauliflower until completely coated, then let the excess drip off.

Dipping cauliflower floret into the batter using a fork.
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3. Immediately place the cauliflower floret into the bowl of bread crumbs. Toss to coat.

Dipping cauliflower floret into a bowl of breadcrumbs.
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4. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower, then bake for 20 minutes, rotating once halfway.

Breaded cauliflower florets arranged on a baking sheet.
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5. Carefully remove the cauliflower from the oven. Using a slotted spoon, dip each floret in Buffalo sauce.

Dipping the baked cauliflower florets into a bowl of buffalo sauce.
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6. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet, then bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve with vegan ranch dressing or your favorite dip.

A plate of crispy vegan buffalo cauliflower wings served with a bowl of vegan ranch and celery and carrot sticks.
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Recipe Tips, Variations, and Substitutions

  • Switch up the bread crumbs. For even more flavor, use Italian bread crumbs. You can also use a gluten-free version.
  • Skip the bread crumbs. If you don’t have bread crumbs on hand, you can skip them. The wings won’t be as crispy, but they’ll still be delicious.
  • Use a different milk. Unsweetened, unflavored soy or almond milk also work well in place of oat milk.
  • Increase the heat. Add a bit of chili powder or paprika into the batter for even hotter wings.
  • Remove the excess batter. Be sure to use a fork or slotted spoon when dipping the cauliflower into the batter. This will remove the excess and minimize big chunks of batter.
  • Use it in a wrap. Try chopping up the vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings and using it in a wrap.

How Do You Store Leftover Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings?

These vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings are best eaten immediately. However, you can store leftovers in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. The breading will likely soften during this time, so you’ll need to bake them in the oven (or a toaster oven) for a few minutes to crisp them back up.

Serving Suggestions

Vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings with vegetables on a plate

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

This vegan Buffalo cauliflower recipe is easy and simple. Enjoy it as an appetizer, side dish, or part of an entrée. Top it off with vegan ranch dressing for a tasty and classic pairing!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: vegan appetizer, vegan buffalo cauliflower wings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Kirsten Nunez, MS

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and oat milk. Whisk well and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Using a fork or slotted spoon, dip each cauliflower floret into the batter. Rotate to the cauliflower until completely coated, then let the excess drip off. Immediately place the cauliflower floret into the bowl of bread crumbs. Toss to coat.
  • Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower, then bake for 20 minutes, rotating once halfway.
  • Carefully remove the cauliflower from the oven. Using a slotted spoon, dip each floret in Buffalo sauce.
  • Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet, then bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve with vegan ranch dressing or your favorite dip.

Notes

  • For even more flavor, use Italian bread crumbs. You can also use a gluten-free version.
  • If you don’t have bread crumbs on hand, you can skip them. The wings won’t be as crispy, but they’ll still be delicious.
  • Unsweetened, unflavored soy or almond milk also works well in place of oat milk.
  • Add a bit of chili powder or paprika into the batter for even hotter wings.
  • Be sure to use a fork or slotted spoon when dipping the cauliflower into the batter. This will remove the excess and minimize big chunks of batter.
  • Try chopping up the vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings and using it in a wrap.

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Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 2133mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 4mg
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Kirsten Nunez

About the Author

Kirsten Nunez

Contributing Writer

Kirsten is a journalist who focuses on healthy food and cooking. Her vegan and plant-based recipes have appeared on VegNews, eHow, Shape, and more. When she’s not creating and photographing vegan recipes for Clean Green Simple, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen and sharing plant-based meals with friends and family. More articles by Kirsten.

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