This is an overhead image of a white plate sitting on a white counter. One the plate are cauliflower florets coated with bbq sauce and garnished with fresh cilantro.
Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower is made with only six ingredients and makes for a tasty appetizer or game day snack! Gluten free & vegan friendly!

I love cauliflower. I love the versatility of it and how it can go from florets to rice to mash and take on any flavor you want! It’s a blank canvas that’s full of possibilities.

I mean, I love it so much I wrote a whole book about it! Cauliflower, you crazy cool magician. How do you do it?

Today we’re making some BBQ cauliflower wings in our air fryer. It’s a super simple appetizer that you would also make for a delicious dinner.

How to cut cauliflower florets for BBQ cauliflower wings:

I like to turn the cauliflower head upside down your you’re looking down the stem, into the cauliflower. Cut the big florets away from the center stem.

Then, cut the big florets further into smaller florets. You don’t want them to be too small for this recipe, but a medium-sized so that you could pick them up with your fingers – about half or three-fourths the size of a chicken wing.

Ingredients for air fryer BBQ cauliflower:

  • cauliflower
  • oat flour
  • whole milk
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • BBQ sauce
This is a side view of a white plate on a white counter. On the plate is cauliflower florets coated with bbq sauce and garnished with fresh cilantro.

How to make BBQ cauliflower in the air fryer:

Prep the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into medium-sized florets. 

Prep the breading. Whisk together the flour, milk, salt, and garlic powder. Allow for the mixture to sit for a couple minutes to thicken up. 

Coat the cauliflower. Toss the florets in the flour-milk mixture until the florets are well coated. 

Prep the air fryer. Spray the trays or air fryer baskets with oil.

Arrange the cauliflower. Spread the florets out on the trays of the air fryer in a single layer. Make sure not to overcrowd the florets so the air can circulate around them. 

Cook. Air fry for 15 minutes. If you have two trays in your air fryer, you’ll want to switch them halfway through to they both get evenly cooked. If you have a basket with your air fryer, you may need to work in batches. 

Coat with BBQ sauce. Transfer the air fried cauliflower to a large bowl with the BBQ sauce and toss until coated. 

Serve. Plate the BBQ cauliflower and serve with fresh herbs like cilantro for garnish. 

How to make BBQ cauliflower in the oven:

Follow the same directions as above, but instead place the coated florets on a baking sheet linked with parchment paper and roast at 400F for 20 – 25 minutes until the florets are golden brown.

This is a close up of a fork piercing a cauliflower floret coated in bbq sauce. A white plate with more bbq cauliflower is blurred in the background. The cauliflower is topped with fresh cilantro and the plate sits on a white counter.

How to store the leftovers:

I’m not going to lie, these are best served and eaten immediately. I find leftovers lose that crisp outside.

If you do have leftovers and want to store them, place the BBQ cauliflower in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. Reheat in the air fryer or microwave as desired.

More cauliflower recipes to try:

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Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower

  • Author: Lindsay Grimes Freedman
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: serves 24 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: cauliflower
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower is made with only six ingredients and makes for a tasty appetizer or game day snack! Gluten free & vegan friendly!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (all-purpose flour also works)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk (any milk works here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • cilantro or fresh herbs for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer 400F.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into medium-sized florets. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, salt, and garlic powder. Allow for the mixture to sit for a couple minutes to thicken up. 
  4. Toss the florets in the flour-milk mixture until the florets are well coated. 
  5. Spray the trays or air fryer baskets with oil.
  6. Spread the florets out on the trays of the air fryer in a single layer. Make sure not to overcrowd the florets so the air can circulate around them. 
  7. Air fry for 15 minutes. If you have two trays in your air fryer, you’ll want to switch them halfway through to they both get evenly cooked. If you have a basket with your air fryer, you may need to work in batches. 
  8. Transfer the air fried cauliflower to a large bowl with the BBQ sauce and toss until coated. 
  9. Plate the BBQ cauliflower and serve with fresh herbs like cilantro for garnish. 

Notes

  • nutrition facts will depend a lot on what BBQ sauce you use 🙂

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the batch
  • Calories: 226
  • Sugar: 22.2g
  • Sodium: 1052mg
  • Fat: 2.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.4g
  • Fiber: 5.7g
  • Protein: 6.6g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg

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