As I’m typing this recipe, I’m currently sitting in Broadway Market (which everyone in Denver should go support because I want this eatery to make it through this shitstorm we call 2020), working next to my friend Jess, and a waft of chicken being dipped into hot sauce blows my way. I am literally smelling buffalo chicken as I type about buffalo cauliflower. How serendipitous is that? Honestly, I don’t know if serendipitous is the correct word for this situation, but that’s what it feels like. This little restaurant in Broadway Market called Republik of Chiken makes the most insane looking Korean chicken sandwiches and bulgogi cheesesteaks. This place is perfection. Do you live in Denver? No? So you don’t give a shit about my story? Cool, I’ll move on.

PaleOMG Buffalo Cauliflower

If haven’t tried my Air Fryer Sesame Cauliflower, you totally should. It’s sticky, crispy, sweet, spicy, and everything else you would hope it to be. So I decided to take that same cauliflower recipe, but make it even easier since all you have to do it toss it in some buffalo sauce. It’s so damn easy. And I would say that it’s perfect football food, but I hate football and I really have no idea if it’s actually happening now or ever. My husband keeps talking about basketball and college football like I care, so I think those things are maybe happening? I honestly have no clue. But golf is happening, I’m sure about that. Brian had golf on in our living room AND his office, which are 10 feet away from each other. As if for some reason we need surround sound for golf. Why don’t people ever eat snack foods for golf tournaments? You only see snack foods for football seasons, yet all men in their 30’s and above watch golf. I’m going to start making snack foods for the US Open and the Master Tournament a thing. I’m going to make it happen this year. Goals. I got goals, man.

PaleOMG Buffalo Cauliflower

Speaking of goals, my newest goal is to find a hobby I love. And I think I’m going to start with ceramics. I want to be less glued to my phone and a great place to start is in a class where you can’t touch your phone because you’re covered in clay. I remember taking a ceramics class in high school and I freaking loved it. I was truly terrible at it and my poor mother has kept all my bowls and creations because she’s a good soul. That’s what good moms do. If I ever have a child, I’m pretty sure I will be complete opposite of her, though. I normally read cards over the trash which means people’s Christmas cards stress me TF out. Brian puts them all over the house and I hate it so much. I’m just not nostalgic at all. So if I have a child who brings me a home a terrible bowl they are super proud of, I’ll be sure to keep a close eye on how long that proud moment lasts. And once it’s gone, so is the bowl. Who knows, maybe I’ll have a heart if I ever have children. Only time will tell. KBYE!

PaleOMG Buffalo Cauliflower

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Buffalo Cauliflower

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x




  1. Place large cauliflower florets in a steamer basket. Place about 2 inches of water in the bottom of a large pot. Place the steamer basket in the pot, cover, and place over medium-high heat. Let steam for 5-7 minutes, until cauliflower is soft yet still have a crunch to it. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together rice flour, arrowroot, salt, garlic powder. Then add water and whisk until completely combined. In a shallow bowl, add the gluten free panko breadcrumbs.
  3. Using one hand, dip the each piece of cauliflower into the rice flour mixture. Once coated, add to the panko breadcrumb mixture and use the other hand to cover the floret in the breadcrumbs. Then place into a large air fryer. Repeat with all the cauliflower. Once all the cauliflower is in the air fryer, spray with coconut oil spray. Turn heat up to 390 degrees F (or 400 degrees, depending on your air fryer) and turn timer on to 20-25 minutes. Turn air fryer on then use tongs to toss the cauliflower every 5 minutes to ensure it evenly cooks throughout and becomes golden brown.
  4. Once the cauliflower is done cooking, add the hot sauce to a bowl then the cauliflower. Toss to combined the serve immediately with the celery, carrots, and ranch, and some fresh dill and cilantro on top. Pro tip – to ensure that the cauliflower doesn’t get soggy, lightly coat the cauliflower in the hot sauce and serve the extra hot sauce on the side for dipping with the ranch!

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  1. Sarah says:

    I just have to say – you are hilarious!!! Crack my shit up 🙂

    1. juli says:

      thanks for the love, Sarah!

  2. Christina says:

    Just made the Buffalo cauliflower, YUM-O-LA! I almost chowed the whole head myself ( there’s like 3 pieces left-LOL) Thanks for the recipe!

    1. juli says:

      wooooohoooooo so glad you loved it!