Cauliflower "Hot Wings"

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Total Time: 40-45 minutes

Category: Lunch/Dinner

Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (approximately 4 cups of florets)

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of milk (or plant-based milk)

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour (or gluten-free rice flour)

  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper

  • Cooking oil

  • 1 tablespoon of butter (or vegan substitute)

  • 1 cup of Frank's Red Hot Sauce


  1. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper and grease well with cooking oil or spray.

  2. Preheat your oven to 400°F (-425° F depending on your oven)

  3. Wash your cauliflower, remove the back, and cut into bite-sized florets.

  4. Add milk, water, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and flour into a bowl. Mix well until the batter is thick enough to coat the cauliflower without dripping.

  5. Dip the cauliflower pieces in the batter. Shake off excess batter before placing cauliflower on the baking sheet and lay the cauliflower single layer on the greased baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the oven at 400° F for 20 minutes until golden brown, flipping the florets over halfway through. Bake until all sides are golden brown

  7. While the cauliflower is baking, get your buffalo wing sauce ready. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and hot sauce. Remove from the heat just as the butter starts to melt. Stir and set aside.

  8. Remove cauliflower from the oven, and put the "cauliflower wings" into a large bowl with the prepared hot sauce. Toss until coated evenly.

  9. Place the coated "cauliflower wings" back on the baking sheet and back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until desired crispness is reached.

  10. Serve with ranch, blue cheese, or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!