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

a piece of panko crusted cauliflower

What is Bang Bang Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile veggies. It can be transformed into rice, used in smoothies, to turned into crispy delicious little bites!

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 this recipe

  • 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.=
  • This bang bang cauliflower can be served up as a main dish over rice or served up 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!

How to make this recipe

Start by prepping the batter. 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! Toss the cauliflower into a bowl with the batter.

Next Dip each piece of cauliflower into a bowl filled with Panko. Make sure to evenly coat each piece of cauliflower, then place on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crispy.

While the cauliflower bakes, prepare the bang bang sauce. Once the Cauliflower comes out of the oven, Toss it in sauce and serve immediately (if you let it sit too long, it will lose its crispiness!)

Recipe variations & substitions

Make it gluten-free:

Use gluten-free flour for the batter and gluten-free breadcrumbs. You can also skip out on the breadcrumbs all together and just use the batter. They still turn out delicious this way

Make it grain-free

Use almond flour in the batter and skip out on the breadcrumbs.

Make it batter-free

Leave out the batter and breadcrumbs entirely. Toss the cauliflower in 1 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt and roast it in the oven.

Does it keep?

Unfortunately, this recipe doesn’t keep that well and is BEST enjoyed fresh. While you can of course keep any leftovers to enjoy the next day, the cauliflower bites won’t remain crispy.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • The batter should be thick enough to coat the cauliflower and stick to it, but not too chunky. If your batter is too thin, add another spoon of flour to it. If your batter is too thick, add a touch more almond milk to it.
  • When coating the cauliflower in Panko, do it one piece at a time. You want to make sure every single piece is evenly coated. If you add many pieces of cauliflower to the bowl of panko at once, they won’t turn out as well.
  • You want to make sure your oven is nice and hot before baking the cauliflower bites. 425 degrees F is perfect for my 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. 
  • Only coat in the sauce right before serving. Otherwise, they won’t be crispy.
  • You can also serve this Bang Bang Cauliflower as an appetizer with the bang bang sauce as a dipping sauce on the side.

More cauliflower recipes to try

A bowl of panko cauliflower topped with green onions
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a piece of panko crusted cauliflower

Bang Bang Cauliflower

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

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale

Cauliflower

  • 1 cup flour (can sub gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups panko 
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 3 cups

Bang bang sauce


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 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. Toss the cauliflower florets into the batter, then dip each piece of cauliflower into a bowl of Panko breadcrumbs, making sure each piece is evenly coated.
  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. You can optionally top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds

Notes

The batter should be thick enough to coat the cauliflower and stick to it, but not too chunky. If your batter is too thin, add another spoon of flour to it. If your batter is too thick, add a touch more almond milk to it.

When coating the cauliflower in Panko, do it one piece at a time. You want to make sure every single piece is evenly coated. If you add many pieces of cauliflower to the bowl of panko at once, they won’t turn out as well.

You want to make sure your oven is nice and hot before baking the cauliflower bites. 425 degrees F is perfect for my 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. 

Only coat in the sauce right before serving. Otherwise, they won’t be crispy.

You can also serve this Bang Bang Cauliflower as an appetizer with the bang bang sauce as a dipping sauce on the side.


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, bang bang cauliflower, panko cauliflower

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