Viral TikTok Buffalo cauliflower wings are pretty good, but not worth the work

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Hot wings are a passion of mine that is well documented.

Personally, I am a purist. I love bone-in wings with very spicy hot sauce. But I don't mind other Buffalo-based food like Buffalo cauliflower or boneless wings. You can eat whatever you like.

When I came across a TikTok recipe for Buffalo cauliflower wings air-fried, I was intrigued. It's a nice appetizer that can be easily prepared. Sign me up

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@faithsfresh's recipe has been viewed more than 4,000,000 times. It is fairly simple. It's possible to watch the video here. Here are the basics and what you will need:


Cauliflower, cut into florets

Flour - 1 Cup

Almond milk - 1 Cup

Garlic powder

Powder of onion

Salt and pepper

Hot sauce


Mix 1 cup flour @faithfresh with 1 cup almond milk, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Since we season our food in our home, I add a heavy pinch to the mixture.

Toss the cauliflower florets into the batter and coat.

Oil your air fryer basket.

Bake at 375°F for 14 minutes in an air fryer

Bake the cauliflower for six minutes more in hot sauce.

Here is the final product. It looks delicious.

The viral air fryer cauli was pretty tasty. Credit: Screenshots by tiktok/@faithsfresh

I began to do the same.

The batter was not the same consistency as the TikTok when I mixed it. It could be that I used regular flour. The batter in the TikTok was thick and chunky. My batter was more smooth. To thicken the batter, I added some flour, but it didn't make it too chunky like the TikTok. It was almost like a thick pancake batter.

This is how it looked.

Tiny whisk. Credit to Mashable

The batter was so thick that I dipped my cauliflower into it. Here's how it turned out.

Goopy cauliflower is gorgeous, isn't it? Credit to mashable

Next, I rushed to drop my cauliflower in an air fryer. Then, I sprayed oil on the basket. It was difficult to get the pieces into the basket because my batter was quite wet. A little bit of mess is okay. Here is how to make cauliflower.

Ready to go. Credit to mashable

The batter was mostly cooked after 14 minutes. It looked a little brown. It was then time to dip the batter in hot sauce. A traditional Buffalo sauce is made with hot sauce and butter or other fat. However, I was following the TikTok method which only used hot sauce. I followed the TikTok recipe, but used tongs as the food was very hot. Then, I baked the cauliflower for six minutes more.

Mostly cooked, sauceless cauliflower. Credit to mashable

This is Valentina extra hot, I'm dipping into, if anyone's curious. Credit to mashable

This is my final result with a little ranch for dipping.

Although the final result was not bad, it wasn't as good as the TikTok credit: mashable

What was the verdict? It was good. It was even quite good. It was almost like a Sunday brunch at a sports bar. The TikTok version was more crunchier so you might have better luck. However, I doubt I would make it again.

It wasn't because the food was bad, but it was quite laborious for an air fryer snack. It takes 20 minutes to cook, make a mess of flour and drip batter all over the place. There are many dishes to make afterward. It's not a good idea to make a mess while air-frying a method of cooking that is supposed be easy. I want to get something delicious out of it like a fried chicken sandwich.

It might be easier to freeze Buffalo cauliflower and use the same method in the oven if I really want it. You could also air fry the cauliflower to get a nice char and save yourself all the hassle of making batter. This would make a great snack that I could dip in Buffalo sauce whenever I want.

The viral cauliflower wings are delicious, but they don't seem to be a regular part of my daily life.