Air fryer cauliflower wings have a crispy coating and a bold BBQ flavor.

Healthy BBQ roasted cauliflower wings are always the first apps to ‘fly away’ on movie night or when the big game is on!

Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings with carrots and celery

Crispy Cauliflower Wings

  • Cauliflower wings are so easy to make and taste so good, they’re the perfect alternative to chicken wings and are ready in minutes!
  • No need to panic when a snack attack hits! Make a batch or two of healthy cauliflower hot wings in minutes without heating up the oven!
  • Serve barbecue cauliflower wings as an appetizer with celery and carrots sticks or as a low-carb switch from fries alongside burgers or low carb Cuban sandwiches.
bbq sauce , club soda , butter, pepper flakes , salt , cornstarch, baking powder , flour and cauliflower in bowls with labels to make Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings

Ingredients and Variations

Cauliflower – Florets should be cut into bite-sized pieces. Broccoli can be used in place of or in combination with cauliflower for an extra boost of flavor and color! Frozen florets will work once they are thawed and drained. For best results, dry thoroughly.

Sauce – Grab your favorite bottle of BBQ sauce or experiment with other sauces like this homemade Buffalo sauce, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, or teriyaki.

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How to Make Cauliflower Wings

  1. Preheat the air fryer while preparing the batter.
  2. Whisk the batter ingredients together per recipe directions. Dip cauliflower florets into the batter and cook them in a single layer in the air fryer, flipping them halfway through.
  3. Place the sauce ingredients in a bowl and cook in the microwave until the butter is melted. Whisk to combine.
  4. Toss the cooked cauliflower wings in the bbq sauce and cook them in the air fryer for about (per recipe below).
  5. Serve immediately garnished with green onions or parsley and a side of ranch, blue cheese, or your favorite dip or dressing.
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Air Fryer Tips and Tricks

  • Shake the air fryer basket halfway through cooking to ensure the pieces get cooked evenly on all sides.
  • Keep batches of cooked wings on a baking rack in a sheet pan until ready to sauce.
  • Avoid soaking the cooked wings in the BBQ sauce or they will lose their crispy texture.
  • Store leftover air fryer cauliflower wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 370°F until they are crispy again.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings with carrots and celery
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Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings

Air Fryer cauliflower wings are an irresistable appetizer that is packed full of flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups cold club soda
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • cup BBQ sauce
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy butter
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional, to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer basket to 400°F for 5 minutes. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the rice flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and kosher salt. Add the club soda and whisk until no large lumps remain. 
  • Spray the preheated air fryer basket with olive oil spray and then carefully dip a cauliflower floret into the batter and place it in the air fryer. Repeat with as many florets as will fit, but make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer. Be careful– the air fryer is hot! 
  • Cook at 400°F for 12 minutes. Flip the cauliflower and cook for an additional 8 minutes. Between batches, keep the cauliflower on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet– this will help keep it crispy until you’re ready to sauce it. 
  • Meanwhile, add the BBQ sauce, non-dairy butter, and red pepper flakes to a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 1 minute, or until the butter is melted, and then whisk to combine. 
  • Toss the cooked cauliflower in the sauce and then return it to the air fryer. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately garnished with chopped green onion or parsley. 

Notes

These cauliflower wings are best enjoyed immediately after they are cooked as they will become soggy as they sit. 
Rice flour is the key to crispy cauliflower wings– it helps create a mock tempura batter that stays crispier than a typical flour batter. If you don’t have rice flour, a gluten-free flour substitute will work as well.
These wings will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 2g | Sodium: 944mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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