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Air-Fried Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Our creamy buttermilk-blue cheese dipping sauce is the perfect cool complement to these kicked-up nuggets.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

25 min.

Total Time:

1 hr.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 Tbs. butter, melted
  • ½ cup cayenne pepper sauce
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Celery sticks (optional)


  1. Cut 8 cups (about 1 lb., 4 oz.) small florets from cauliflower head. In large bowl, combine butter and pepper sauce. In separate bowl mix mayonnaise, buttermilk, blue cheese and lemon juice; reserve.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, garlic powder and smoked paprika; stir in 3⁄4 cup water (if mixture is too thick, add water 1 tsp. at a time until consistency of very thick batter. If too thin, add flour, 1 Tbs. at a time). Add cauliflower florets; toss until evenly coated.
  3. Place crisper plate in basket of 7-qt. air fryer; coat with cooking spray. Place basket in air fryer; heat to 325°F. In 2 batches, air-fry cauliflower until tender, shaking basket halfway through cooking time, 15–17 min. Add to bowl with pepper mixture; toss until coated. Transfer to serving bowl. Serve with reserved blue cheese sauce and, if desired, celery sticks.

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