Get ready to eat the best-ever cauliflower! This Bang Bang Cauliflower is battered, baked and then gets topped off with a sweet and spicy chilli sauce!

bang bang cauliflower

THIS CAULIFLOWER YOU GUYS.

Seriously, who knew cauliflower could be such a chameleon. I mean, once it’s prepped and tossed up in the sweet and spicy chilli sauce it’s hard to believe that it’s even cauliflower hidden under there! 

Why I love cauliflower:

I love cauliflower in vegetarian cooking for its versatility. You can turn it into souprice and now even deliciously batter-coated bites! Cauliflower has a great dense and meaty texture, so it’s really satiating as far as veggies go. It also contains tons of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. So basically you should be making this recipe on the reg. (I know I’ve been…) 

This bang bang cauliflower can be served up as a main dish over rice, or served up for as an Asian style appetizer. You could even serve these as a veggie option at a holiday party. Just leave some toothpicks by the bowl and let your guests pick away!

bang bang cauliflower

A few notes on this recipe: 

So I think my favourite part about this bang bang cauliflower is the batter coating. This really “disguises” the cauliflower and turns it into something special! The batter is SUPER easy to make too. 1 part flour to 1 part milk. (I use gluten-free flour and almond milk.) There’s no eggs needed for the batter so this recipe is also vegan-friendly! 

Once the batter is mixed up, use a pair of tongs or a fork and dip each piece of the cauliflower into the batter. Let any excess batter drip off and place all the cauliflower on a baking pan. You could also fry the battered cauliflower if you want to, (which omg is so good) but for this recipe, to keep it a bit on the healthier side we’re going to bake it! 

bang bang cauliflower

You want to make sure you oven is nice and hot before baking the cauliflower bites. 450 degrees F works perfectly, and I like to place my baking pan on the top rack of the oven. Depending on your oven, you may need to adjust the baking time slightly. For me, baking them for 15 minutes on one side, then flipping them and baking them for 10 minutes on the other side works perfectly. 

You’ll know the battered cauliflower is ready when it is nicely browned on both sides. 

I’d recommend to only add the sauce to the cauliflower bites right before you want to eat them, so they’ll stay nice and crispy. 

This bang bang cauliflower is: 

  • Packed with flavour 
  • Makes the perfect vegetarian/vegan-friendly appetizer 
  • SO DARN GOOD! 
bang bang cauliflower

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bang bang cauliflower

Bang Bang Cauliflower

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Cauliflower gets battered, baked and then topped off with a sweet and spicy chili sauce!


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Ingredients

Cauliflower

Bang bang sauce


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Mix the flour, almond milk, salt and pepper together in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter, let any excess batter drip off then place the cauliflower bites on the baking pan.
  4. Bake for 22-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Toss the cauliflower and sauce together.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

Serve this dish up with a side of rice! If you don’t want to bake the cauliflower, you can also fry the cauliflower bites in a pan.

Optionally top with sesame seeds, sliced green onions or cilantro 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: asian cauliflower recipe, baked cauliflower

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