Hot ‘n Sweet Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower has been having its moment of glory the last few years – from pizza crust to gnocchi there’s nothing cauliflower can’t be! So of course the internet would give them a glow up as buffalo wings and as self-confessed cauli obsessed people we’ve made them for years (recipe here). Since we bought our air fryer we’ve been remaking everything in the air fryer, so it was only a matter of time before we made cauliflower wings. 

Now the internet is awash with cauli wings recipes, but we think this one is a winner. A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet and a process that involves no dredging or egg washes. What more could you want? Serve these with a cool ranch sauce and you’ve got the perfect appetizer. Stick it in a tortilla, you have the perfect taco. Top it on flatbread, you’ve got the … you get the point. You have to make these, its just one more star to the beauty of cauliflower! 

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel free to play around with the proportion of the sauces depending on your spice preference; you can also use substitutions: honey and Frank’s Red Hot would be a good alternative
  • You want to make these in small batches – if you over crown the air fryer you will end up steaming the wings and the coating won’t be as crispy

Recipe Information

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 wings 


  • 1 head cauliflower cut into medium florets
  • 3-4 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 tbsp Honey Aleppo sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp Peri Peri sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt/Pepper


  1. In a shallow bowl mix the flour, panko, paprika, garlic powder and salt/pepper
  2. In a bowl, combine buttermilk, flour and honey aleppo and peri peri sauce
  3. Toss cauliflower in small batches in liquid mixture 
  4. Transfer to dry mixture bowl and toss to coat
  5. Place cauliflower on a lined sheet and spray with avocado oil spray
  6. Air fry at 350F for 12-14 minutes
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 with remaining cauliflower