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Instant Pot Buffalo Cauliflower

Instant Pot Buffalo Cauliflower

  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 2 lunch servings, 4 appetizer size servings 1x


Instant Pot buffalo cauliflower makes perfectly tender and flavor packed buffalo cauliflower in a matter of minutes. This vegetarian recipe is the perfect game day snack and makes a fabulous lunch or quick dinner. Make some today!


  • 1 medium to large head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup of hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic


Remove the big stem from the bottom of the cauliflower. To remove the stem, peel away any of the green stalks and then cut the stem away as shown.

Place the destemmed cauliflower head into the basket that comes with the Instant Pot. Place the basket in the Pot.

Now add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pot. Then season the cauliflower head with garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne. Finish seasoning it with salt and pepper to taste. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to sealed. Cook on manual for 3 minutes for a large head. For a small head, decrease the time to 2 minutes.

When the Pot beeps, do a quick release.

After the steam has released, remove the lid from the Pot and take the cauliflower out of the pot. When the liner is empty, drain the leftover water from the liner.

Give the cooked cauliflower a quick cut to make bite sized buffalo cauliflower pieces. Put them back in the Instant Pot. Now set the Pot to saute mode. With the Pot on saute mode, pour in the olive oil, hot sauce, and pressed garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring regularly. The sauce will start to bubble and thicken slightly.


For smaller heads of cauliflower, decrease your cook time by one to two minutes. With larger heads, add an extra minute of cook time. Don’t add more than a minute or you run the risk of overcooking the cauliflower. If you find the cauliflower isn’t done enough for you, you can increase the length of saute time.

  • Category: appetizer, lunch, dinner, vegetarian
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

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