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Buffalo Popcorn

Living a low carb lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to eat bland, boring food. My cousin told me about a recipe she makes with roasted cauliflower and seasoning and this simple recipe idea for Buffalo Popcorn was born. Though it’s so easy that you don’t even really need a recipe to follow and you can change up the seasoning to whatever you like.

Buffalo popcorn on a baking sheet.

Buffalo cauliflower popcorn is a delicious, healthier alternative to traditional popcorn. It’s made with bite-sized pieces of cauliflower coated in a rich, spicy buffalo sauce and then baked in the oven until crispy. 

This snack is an excellent choice for vegans and vegetarians since it contains no animal products and is low in fat and cholesterol. It pairs perfectly with chilled beers or cocktails due to its bold flavors. Buffalo cauliflower popcorn makes for a great party appetizer that will leave your guests wanting more!

Talk about an addicting, yet guilt-free snack. Normally, I’d feel bad about eating a whole bag of popcorn. I didn’t bat an eyelash eating a whole container of this recipe though!

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    Buffalo popcorn in a popcorn container.

    Why You’ll Love This Buffalo Popcorn Recipe

    • It’s a low carb recipe
    • Ready in under a half hour
    • You only need three ingredients
    • Super simple recipe that only requires three steps
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    Ingredients Needed

    The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

    • Head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Buffalo wing popcorn seasoning
    Buffalo cauliflower popcorn ingredients.

    How to Make Buffalo Popcorn

    • Step One: Preheat oven to 400F. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
    • Step Two: Sprinkle Buffalo seasoning evenly on cauliflower.
    Steps to make buffalo cauliflower popcorn.
    • Step Three: Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.
    Buffalo popcorn top view.

    Equipment Needed

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    What to Serve with Buffalo Popcorn

    Buffalo cauliflower popcorn pairs nicely with crunchy sides like celery sticks, carrots and tortilla chips. You can also serve it with creamy dips or dressings such as ranch, blue cheese, tzatziki or aioli.

    If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing it with more unconventional side dishes like roasted potatoes, sweet potato fries or even a light salad. The possibilities are endless!

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    Helpful Tips and Tricks

    • The key thing you have to do is cut the cauliflower into small florets. It looks more like popcorn that way and will roast faster. I bake mine for 20 minutes in the oven. You can see from the photos that they were just starting to brown.
    • I prefer to serve it hot and fresh out of the oven.
    • Do your best to evenly coat the cauliflower before you roast it. Generously coat it before tossing in the oven. Then add more seasoning after you pull it out if you really want to pack a punch of flavor.
    • To make clean up even easier, you can line your baking tray with aluminum foil or use a set of reusable baking mats on your baking sheet.
    • Watch your baking time. Start checking your cauliflower a few minutes before the timer finishes. As you can see in the photos, my cauliflower just started to brown as I pulled it out. If you don’t want it to brown, you may need to pull it out a little sooner. Also, if you want yours a little more crispy, you can broil it over the last little bit of time. Either way, be sure to watch it so you get it just how you want it to turn out.
    • The Buffalo Popcorn will be VERY hot when you pull it from the oven. Let it sit for a few minutes to cool down so they will be safe to handle. Nobody want to burn their mouth on these tasty things. 
    A hand reaching into a container of buffalo popcorn.

    Recipe Variations and Substitutions

    There are countless ways to put your own twist on buffalo cauliflower popcorn! Here are some of our favorite ideas:

    • All you’ll need is a head of cauliflower, oil and some popcorn seasoning. I bought the Kernels Popcorn seasoning in Buffalo Wing flavour. Feel free to switch it out to whatever one you have in your pantry.
    • Make this spicier by adding a few dashes of your favoirte hot sauce to your cauliflower either before you toss it in the oven, or after you pop it out of the oven.
    • Try adding some fresh herbs like parsley or basil. You can also experiment by adding different spices such as cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano or chili powder.
    • You can also add in different ingredients like diced bell pepper or mushrooms to make a main dish.
    • If you’re looking for something sweeter, try adding in honey or maple syrup to the buffalo sauce.

    Leftover Storage

    Store leftover cauliflower popcorn in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. 

    I definitely recommend heating it up again before you enjoy any leftover Buffalo Popcorn Bites.

    Can I Freeze This?

    Yes! Freezing any leftovers of this recipe is a great way to have another snack on hand. All you have to do is thaw and reheat, or just pop them back on a baking sheet and toss them in the oven until warmed thoroughly again. 

    This recipe is also good for a make ahead recipe where you can make an extra batch or two of cauliflower popcorn and freeze it to have for later. 

    Do I have to use buffalo popcorn seasoning?

    No, if you don’t have buffalo popcorn spices, you can use other popcorn spices. You can also make your own mixture of spices and add some hot sauce to give them the Buffalo vibes you are aiming for. See some more of our ideas listed above.

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    5 from 1 vote

    Buffalo Popcorn

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 2
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    The easiest low carb snack! Satisfy your salty cravings with this bite-size cauliflower drizzled in popcorn seasoning.


    • 1 head cauliflower cut into small florets
    • 1 to 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 to 3 tbsp buffalo wing popcorn seasoning


    • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
    • Sprinkle Buffalo seasoning evenly on cauliflower.
    • Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.



    Serving: 1g | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 346mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Appetizers
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Buffalo Popcorn

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    1. What a creative way to make “popcorn!” Love how easily you can switch out the flavors too. 🙂

    2. This looks like a yummy and healthy snack!! And I can eat it without feeling guilty. Will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    3. Yes! This looks absolutely delightful! I’ve never tried buffalo cauliflower before and now I definitely will!

    4. Julie Wood says:

      Oh yum. this popcorn sounds so delicious and fun to make with the kids. I will be making it for Movie night!

    5. It looks a lot like popcorn. I need to find that seasoning.

    6. kathy downey says:

      We are always looking for healthier choices,would love to try this !

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