February 4, 2019

Roasted Buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese dressing

Finished platter of roasted Buffalo cauliflower with a bowl of blue cheese dressing.

Roasted cauliflower is tossed in hot sauce and butter and dipped into a cool and creamy homemade blue cheese dressing. 

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We live right outside Buffalo, so we don't "Buffalo" things lightly. It's serious business usually involving chicken wings, always blue cheese (never ranch), and Frank's hot sauce. I love things like chicken wing dip and Buffalo chicken mac n' cheese

There are a lot of versions of Buffalo cauliflower out there. Many are breaded and/or baked, but this version doesn't involve any breading or batter. Instead this recipe roasts the cauliflower to make it extra flavorful and give it a bit of that yummy char. 

Blue cheese is key for Buffalo recipes. It helps to cool off your mouth from the heat of the hot sauce and provides that creamy texture and flavor. 

I've included a homemade blue cheese dressing for this recipe, but you can use your favorite store bought blue cheese in place of it if you prefer. I like to have some extra blue cheese crumbles though to sprinkle onto the hot cauliflower.

This recipe is my version of an appetizer we had at a local restaurant once. It's a delicious way to enjoy cauliflower and a great change-up from the usual chicken wings. It's great for a game day or movie snack.

These are never going to replace wings for us, of course, but this is a great snack or appetizer, or side dish to homemade pizza or chicken fingers. I served it along with celery and carrots for dipping up all the yummy dressing and to cool down the mouth as needed. 

Mine come out around a medium level of heat. If you want it hotter, use less butter. If you want it more mild, use more. Or adjust the hot sauce level a little to suit your tastes and preference.

Give this Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower a try the next time you are looking for a delicious game day snack! 

Roasted Buffalo cauliflower being dipped into a bowl of blue cheese dressing.

Yield: 3-4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasted cauliflower is tossed in hot sauce and butter and dipped into a cool and creamy homemade blue cheese dressing.


For the roasted cauliflower
  • 1 head (medium/large) cauliflower, broken into bite-sized florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • chopped celery leaves
For the blue cheese dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • salt, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the cauliflower and olive oil and a little salt and pepper together on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes, then flip over the cauliflower and roast another 12-18 minutes, until fork tender.
  2. While the cauliflower cooks whisk together the hot sauce, butter, and garlic powder along with a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  3. Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by whisking together the mayonnaise through black pepper and then stirring in the blue cheese. Season with salt, as desired. Refrigerate until serving.
  4. When the cauliflower is done place it in the bowl with hot sauce mixture and stir until well-coated. Transfer the cauliflower to a large platter and top with extra blue cheese crumbles and celery leaves, if desired. Serve with chilled dressing.


Adjust the butter/hot sauce ratio as needed to suit your tastes.

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Bowl of blue cheese dressing on a platter of Buffalo cauliflower.

Check out these other "Buffalo" recipes:

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders with Blue Cheese Aioli from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 

Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Family Around the Table 

Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs from Palatable Pastime


  1. Love buffalo flavours! This is such a delicious and healthy dish.

  2. I really like this! Loaded with flavor, and reasonably healthy. Winner!

  3. oh Amy, this is a great substitute for chicken...great combo and so much healthier...thanks for the recipe...
    I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  4. I just love that this is a healthy twist on classic snacks! And spicy food is always a hit in my house.

  5. Buffalo Cauliflower is one of my favorites! Delish!

  6. I go through waves with my veggies. Right now I'm on a huge cauliflower run. This sounds like such a yummy recipe.

  7. Yum! Buffalo cauliflower is one of my favorites! Can't wait to try this recipe.

  8. That looks so delicious. I'm not a big cauliflower fan but I do like spicy food so I'll have to give this a try.

  9. Looks so yummy while being healthy! Can't wait to try!

  10. This looks delicious and is healthy! Maybe I will be able to get my family to actually eat their veggies (without having to fry them) thanks!

  11. My son loves all things Buffalo! We will be making this very soon.

  12. This would be great for a vegetable side or appetizer!

  13. I could eat blue cheese every day and on everything (well, maybe not dessert). This sounds amazing.

  14. I'm not a huge cauliflower fan but this looks delicious. You can never go wrong with buffalo sauce!

  15. I'm all in! I love almost anything I can slather blue cheese dressing onto!!!

  16. I love how many things you can make with cauliflower! This dish will be going on our New Year's Eve menu!

  17. I love that your recipe is baked and includes and sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles! I can't wait to try it!

  18. Cauliflower and hot sauce are so good together! I am going to make this over the weekend!


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