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Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

These vegan buffalo cauliflower wings are the best and perfect for game days whenever you need a tasty appetizer. Dip them into this easy vegan ranch dressing that can be made in minutes!
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Looking for a great game day (or hang day) snack free from gluten and animal products that won’t take too much work? Then you’ve got to try these delicious vegan buffalo cauliflower wings! Gluten-free, crunchy, and full of flavor, these are sure to become a household hit.

What’s more is that we’ve also got a delightful vegan ranch dip recipe that’ll blow the store-bought options out of the water. 

So you’ve got your vegan buffalo cauliflower wings and they’re looking great. They’re crunchy and orange and you’re ready to take your first bite. But wait! No cauliflower wing is complete without a side of sauce! Well, fear not, dear reader. We’ve got just the dip to make your taste buds dance as if you were an athlete crossing the finish line. Enjoy this vegan ranch dip with as many things as you’d like!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for buffalo cauliflower wings measured.

White rice flour—or regular flour works too. This helps to thicken the batter and crisp up into golden deliciousness!

Vegan wing sauce—we used Frank’s Red Hot which is easy to find at more grocery stores.

How to Make Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Vegan wings are easy to make and incredibly delicious with just a few simple ingredients! All you need is some cauliflower, seasonings, and your favorite vegan buffalo sauce.

1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Wash the cauliflower and chop into florets. You can make them bigger or small depending on your preference of wing size.

Batter for vegan buffalo cauliflower wings mixed in a bowl.

3. Combine the water, flour and dry ingredients into a large bowl to make a batter.

Hand dipping a cauliflower floret into the prepared buffalo sauce batter.

4. Dip the cauliflower florets into the batter to thoroughly coat and then place on the prepared baking tray.

Buffalo cauliflower dipped in batter and arranged on baking tray.
Vegan buffalo cauliflower wings on baking tray after being baked.

5. Bake in the oven on the center rack until they are slightly golden brown on top. Meanwhile, prepare the vegan ranch dressing by whisking all ingredients together well in a large bowl.

Vegan cauliflower wing dipped in hot sauce.

6. When the wings are ready, toss them in your choice of wing sauce to evenly coat. Return wings to the oven for another 5 minutes to crisp up.

Serve your vegan chicken wings with the vegan ranch dip and enjoy!

Expert Tips

To help the batter stick better to the cauliflower wings, pat dry them first after washing. If they’re dripping with water it will dilute the batter and take longer for the wings to crisp up in the oven.

Space your vegan wings out evenly on the baking tray so that they evenly coat. You can also cook these in an air fryer for even less time! Spread them out evenly and cook for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway.

How to Serve It Up

If you’re looking to make a little more of a meal out of your vegan buffalo cauliflower wings and ranch dip, don’t fret! We’ve got some wonderful suggestions for you right here:

  • Snack With a Wrap– This Rainbow Lavash Wrap will make an excellent (and beautiful) addition to your plate! You could even throw some of the buffalo cauliflower wings into it for some truly miraculous flavor moments.
  • Party With Pasta – Cold pasta can be a real treat and our Fresh Picnic Pasta Salad is a great way to make more of a meal with your buffalo cauliflower wings.
  • Get Full of Falafel – Cauliflower is a common ingredient to enjoy in various wraps and pita sandwiches so why not enjoy your buffalo cauliflower wings with some Crispy Baked Vegan Falafel Pitas? Full of protein and packed with flavor, you’ll be sure to win some serious kitchen points with this combination.

Storage

Since cauliflower has high water content, these wings are best eaten right out of the oven but if you find yourself with leftovers, stick them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for a few days.

To reheat, the oven is best for maintaining crispiness. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees F until heated through. An air-fryer also works well for reheating. For something faster, microwaving is fine, too. The cauliflower wings just won’t be as crispy as when first baked.

Vegan buffalo cauliflower wings on a plate with vegan ranch dip.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are vegan chicken wings made of?

Vegan wings can be made from various plant-based options to replicate the look and taste of chicken wings. The most realistic is made with vital wheat gluten which is a high-protein flour. You’ll often see food made from it referred to as seitan. Vegan wings are also often made with cauliflower, tofu or mushrooms since they have a mild taste that absorbs other flavors well.

Where to buy vegan wings?

Many major grocery chains now carry vegan wings in the frozen section. Look in the vegetarian or plant-based section of the freezer aisle to find them. You’ll find brands such as Gardein, Wholly Veggie!, MorningStar Farms, and Birds Eye with vegan options. Just make sure to check the ingredients as some will use eggs or egg whites for the batter.

Does Wingstop have vegan wings?

No, unfortunately all wing options at Wingstop are made from chicken. The only vegan options are veggie sticks, seasoned fries, and Cajun fried corn, and various dips

More Delicious Vegan Appetizers to Try:

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Author: Alex Thomopoulos
5 from 12 votes
These vegan cauliflower buffalo wings make a perfect game-day snack, and once you try them, you'll be hooked for life. They are gluten-free and of course, vegan!The ranch dip is especially delicious. I know it takes a little extra time to whip it together yourself (rather than using a store-bought option) but it will be worth it, I promise!
Vegan buffalo cauliflower wings on a plate with vegan ranch dressing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings

Ingredients

Vegan Wings

  • 2 medium cauliflower heads, (about 2 lbs each) chopped into florets
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 12-ounce bottle buffalo wing sauce, I used Frank’s Red Hot which is available at most supermarkets

Vegan Ranch Dip

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the water, white rice flour, salt, paprika, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Whisk together to combine.
  • Thoroughly coat the cauliflower florets with the batter and place on the prepared baking sheet, evenly spaced out.
  • Bake on the center rack for 18-20 minutes, until they are slightly brown on the top.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vegan ranch dip. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine. Set aside.
  • Remove cauliflower wings from the oven and coat them in buffalo sauce. For best results, pour the sauce into a bowl and carefully dip each cauliflower into the sauce using a slotted spoon or fork (cauliflower will be hot).
  • Return buffalo cauliflower back into oven to crisp up for another 5 minutes.

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Notes

Tip – If you don’t have white rice flour, it is fine to use regular flour if gluten-free is not a necessity for you.
Storage – Store leftover vegan wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, buffalo, cauliflower, gluten free, spicy, vegan wings
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Recipe | Game Day Favorite | WorldofVegan.com | #superbowl #footbal #gameday #cauliflower #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #party

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings recipe by Alex Thomopolous for World of Vegan. Copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Photos by Michelle Cehn. Article edited by Rachel Lessenden. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which support our work at World of Vegan.

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12 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Those cauli wings were delicious! I am totally making them again! By the way, I love the new page design! Congratulations!

  2. 5 stars
    these cauli wings are something special! cauliflower wings will always be my absolute favorite!

  3. 5 stars
    I can make a meal out of these all by themselves! So good!

  4. 5 stars
    I love making these cauliflower wings! They’re so tasty and everyone I’ve made them for loves them too!

  5. 5 stars
    I have yet to try these buffalo cauliflower, I need to make these asap! lol

  6. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    If I could, I would have these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! SOOO good!

  7. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    This is our go-to appetizzer! 🙂 Love these cauliflower wings!

  8. 5 stars
    Tangy and spicy! I’ve never been a huge fan of cauliflower, but this recipe has changed my mind. The sauce is incredible and just the right amount of ‘oomph’. Highly recommended! Especially, for a movie night at home with popcorn 😀

  9. 5 stars
    These are always a big winner…everyone loves these. They are so flavorful and unique.

  10. 5 stars
    This was the first internet trend I ever followed back in the day, and gosh am I glad I did! SO GOOD! We make these for our vegan Super Bowl parties.

  11. 5 stars
    These look so good! I love a great vegan ranch dip, too!