buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch dressing

buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch dressing

I went to a birthday party recently and the vegan finger food was just wonderful.  Most of it was made by a friend of the hosts and a couple of dishes in particular were standouts.  These cauliflower bites were probably my favourite and I came home on a mission to recreate them.

There are a large number of recipes for buffalo cauliflower around on the internet. I settled on this one with some variations, substituting fresh garlic instead of powdered and using some smoked paprika. I also used lime juice instead of the vinegar in the ranch dressing.

I spiced them up by using Sriracha instead of Frank’s Hot Sauce in the marinade. Sriracha is five times as hot as Frank’s, 2200 vs 450 Scoville units (the measure of chilli heat). I like chilli so it was fine for me.

They are delicious and completely moreish.


buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch dressing
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recipe type: snack, finger food
cuisine: vegan
  • 800 grams of cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
For the batter
  • ⅓ cup soy milk
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • a large pinch of salt
For the Marinade
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine or butter
  • 3 tbs sriracha hot sauce
For the Ranch dressing
  • ½ cup vegan mayo
  • ½ clove garlic crushed to a paste
  • 1 tbs soy milk
  • juice of half a lime or lemon
  • 1 tbs finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbs finely chopped dill
  • salt to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 deg C
  2. Mix the batter ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Fold in the cauliflower pieces so they are completely coated in the batter
  4. Lift the cauliflower pieces out of the bowl with a fork to drain any excess batter and place on a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper.
  5. Cook for 25 minutes
  6. Meanwhile mix the marinade ingredients together and melt the butter in a microwave or saucepan
  7. Add the cauliflower pieces to the marinade mix and fold to coat completely
  8. Return to the oven in a single layer on baking paper and cook for a further 25 minutes
  9. Make the ranch dressing by mixing all the ingredients together.
  10. Serve the bites with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce.




  1. Cindy says:

    Oh yum! I like that these are baked rather than deep-fried, much less of a hassle.

  2. that blend of flavours everywhere looks fantastic– definitely seems the kind of dish where you can polish off a massive head of cauli in one sitting!

  3. Delicious! Just what I need. Vic Market Organics had cauliflower halves that were bigger and much cheaper than their whole caulis. Now I have a ton to get through, and I’m sure we’ll polish this off and still be looking for more!

  4. How funny, we just tried buffalo cauliflower at home for the first time last week! It was deeelicious. I like your variations, and will definitely have to make a ranch sauce to go with ours next time.

  5. Rod Williams says:

    They sound amazing, although I might have to cut back on the amount of sriracha, where do you get sriracha from, love your blog, one of the best around the vegan scene.

    • rosalie says:

      Thanks Rod. But give the Sriracha a go, it isn’t that hot. A Thai birdseye chilli is over 100,000. 🙂
      You can get Sriracha at Asian groceries and mainstream supermarkets.

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