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Instant Pot Air fried Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower | Easy Recipe | Vegetarian Appetizer

Super crispy, healthy & flavourful buffalo cauliflower, air fried in the Instant Pot…

This is my new favorite appetizer; it’s air fried, it’s delicious, it’s vegetarian & is healthy. Cauliflower turned into a crispy appetizer. So easy to make with minimal ingredients & tastes like restaurant-style.

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Instant Pot Air fried Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower | Easy Recipe | Vegetarian Appetizer
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 5 people
  • Cauliflower- 1 medium sized, separated into florets
For making the batter
  • All purpose flour- 1 cup
  • Garlic powder- 1 tsp
  • Paprika- 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ to ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup
For making the sauce
  • Hot sauce- ½ cup
  • Butter, unsalted- 2 tbsp
  1. I've taken medium-sized cauliflower.
  2. Dip the whole cauliflower in warm water for 10 minutes, this way any tiny bugs will be released into the water.
  3. Drain the water, rinse the cauliflower well.
  4. Separate the florets. Pat dry them.
  5. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for making the batter.
  6. Using a fork, combine well. Make into a slightly thick batter.
  7. I've used Instant Pot duo crisp + air fryer. Any kind of air fryer can be used.
  8. Place the stainless steel pot in the main pot, keep the air fryer basket into the stainless steel pot. Place the broil tray in the air fryer basket.
  9. Line the broil tray with parchment paper, don't skip this step.
  10. Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter, shake off any excess batter & place it on the parchment paper.
  11. Don't crowd the florets, leave some space between the florets.
  12. Close the Instant Pot with the air fryer lid.
  13. Select Air fry, temperature 400 F, time 20 minutes. Click Start.
  14. After 20 minutes of air frying, open the lid.
  15. Wear a mitten, gently take the parchment paper out of the tray.
  16. Let cool down for 5 minutes.
  17. The fritters will be stuck to each other, gently separate the cauliflower fritters.
  18. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add hot sauce & butter.
  19. Let the butter melt, cook for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  20. Line the broil tray with parchment paper.
  21. Place the cauliflower fritters, brush with the sauce.
  22. Close the pot with the air fryer lid.
  23. Select Air fry, temperature 400 F, time 10 minutes. Click Start.
  24. After 10 minutes of air frying, open the lid.
  25. Transfer the cauliflowers to a plate.
  26. Super crispy & delicious buffalo cauliflowers are ready.
  27. Enjoy while it's hot.
  28. There will be some leftover sauce, if you prefer super hot buffalo cauliflower, serve along with the sauce. Enjoy the crispiness & the heat.



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