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If you love buffalo flavor, then you’ve gotta try these air fryer vegan cauliflower wings. Crispy and saucy– they are the best!
So, I got an Air Fryer for Christmas. More to the point, I grabbed one impulsively on Black Friday at a major discount and it sat in my car for the following three weeks until our kitchen was finished. Well, I finally pulled it out over the holidays and oh my gosh, where has this thing been all my life?
Anyway, my kitchen is brimming with gadgets even though I actively try to whittle down as many necessities as I can. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever have an air fryer, but then I’d seen so many rave reviews from friends (and my sister!) that I knew I’d eventually be grabbing one.
It’s no secret that my husband loves buffalo wings. He asks for my cauliflower buffalo wings at least a few times a month during Football season and while I’m usually very happy to fulfill his food wishes, those things just take so much time to put together. Baking of the cauliflower, the dredging, the frying, the sauce making. Great as a special occasion side dish, but not something that I’m eager to take on every Sunday afternoon.
Using my Air Fryer means that BL can request cauliflower wings and in roughly 30 minutes, I’m presenting him with a giant basket of crispy air fryer cauliflower wings covered in whatever spicy sauce he’s into at the moment. I’m partial to classic Buffalo sauce, but we’ve also been known to make a honey BBQ sauce, a smokin’ Habanero sauce, and a more mild Asian Chili sauce. All are fantastic on crispy, crunchy cauliflower wings!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these wings:
Honestly, I tested this recipe close to 15 times, mostly to get the timing right. After all, compared to cauliflower wings made in the oven and then the skillet, these are much easier to overcook. Specifically, six to seven minutes is the optimal time for getting a crunchy outside while still keeping some texture of the actual cauliflower.
In testing this recipe, I wanted to see what batter worked best. First, I made a batch without any coating (boring), a batch with a dry coating (fell off as soon as the sauce was added) and a batch that was already coated in flour and buffalo sauce (this version lacked crunch and saucy, lick-your-fingers-goodness.)
As it turns out, my classic way is still the best way. It does add another step but you are saving so much time by using the Air Fryer that I don’t think it matters.
First, start by making a thickened egg-like mixture by heating dairy-free milk and cornstarch together, then letting cool slightly. Once this is made, whisk together the dry flour and spices in a large bowl.
From there, do a triple dip: once in the flour, once in the thickened milk mixture and then back in the flour.
Then, tap off as much excess batter as you can before placing them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Next, set the fryer for 7 minutes at 400 degrees F and let cook while you whisk together the ingredients for the buffalo sauce: the melted butter and hot sauce.
So, Frank’s Red Hot sauce is the best in my opinion but any hot sauce or prepared buffalo sauce will work. By the way, when I make a big batch of these air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites for my husband, I typically do a few different sauces – because, yum.
Overall, traditional buffalo, BBQ and sweet chili are our favorites. Once the wings come out of the air fryer, toss with warmed sauce of choice before enjoying.
Blue cheese dressing is a traditional pairing for buffalo cauliflower wings, but I’m partial to my homemade ranch dressing. Made with vegan mayo, soy milk, fresh chopped parsley, dried dill and garlic powder it’s the perfect accompaniment for spicy, saucy cauliflower wings.
To serve, pile wings onto a platter along with celery sticks, carrots and ranch dressing.
I know you are going to love these air fryer buffalo wings as much as we do! After you try them, come back to leave a rating and a review. Your feedback helps other readers and seeing you make my recipes makes my day.
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