Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

A vegetarian twist on a classic dish. These baked Buffalo cauliflower bites pair the great taste of Buffalo sauce with a tangy blue cheese dressing.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons Stella® blue cheese crumbles

  • 1 tablespoon whole milk

  • 1 pinch garlic powder

  • 1 pinch onion powder

  • 1 pinch salt

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup lager beer

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 small head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ cup Buffalo wing sauce

  • 6 celery stalks, trimmed and cut into 6-inch pieces, or more to taste


  1. To make the sauce, combine the sour cream, blue cheese, whole milk, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator until serving.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, add the whole milk, beer, all-purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder, baking powder, and salt; mix until everything is just combined, being sure to not overmix.

  4. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, allowing any excess to run off, and transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat dipping process until you've worked your way through all of the florets.

  5. Spray the tops of the florets with cooking spray; this will help with the crisp factor. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden brown.

  6. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter and pour in the Buffalo wing sauce. Mix until combined. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and drizzle half of the sauce atop the florets. Return the cauliflower to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

  7. Using a pair of tongs, add the cauliflower florets to the saucepan with the Buffalo mixture and gently toss, until all of the florets are completely coated in sauce.

  8. Transfer to a large plate and serve alongside the dipping sauce and freshly cut celery.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
12g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 1279mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 35mg 175%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 608mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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