Obviously, making “wings” out of cauliflower isn’t going to yield that traditional taste regular wings have, but that’s ok! These cauliflower wings can stand alone. I have tried several different recipes for these, but I finally found a recipe backbone that I modified to make my own and I think it’s a winner! The batter isn’t too thick, so you don’t bite through a bunch of it to get to the cauliflower, itself. The best part? They are breaded in panko to give a delicious outer shell of crispness. This recipe will serve 2-3 people. If making for a small group, I suggest doubling it!
1 medium size head of cauliflower
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup almond or other nondairy milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
For the sauce:
1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons agave
Preheat oven to 450° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the cauliflower into florets, eliminating the stems. You want your pieces to resemble the size of wings. Inevitably, you will get some very small pieces of cauliflower that break off. You can coat them and cook them as well, or just eat them! For aesthetic purposes, I have coated only the larger pieces, but it doesn’t hurt to coat the tiny ones!
In a medium sized bowl, whisk the flour, nondairy milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to make your batter.
In a separate bowl, pour your panko breadcrumbs and set next to the batter so you have an assembly line.
Coat the pieces of cauliflower in the batter, being careful not to overcoat, and shaking off any excess. Then cover completely in breadcrumbs.
Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.
While wings are baking, prepare your sauce. Whisk hot sauce, garlic powder, and agave together in a bowl. Taste, and add more sweetener to get desired levels of spicy and sweet.
After the wings have baked, toss them in the sauce and use tongs to cover and place back in baking sheet. Bake another 5 minutes, or if you are lucky enough to have an air fryer, throw them in your preheated air fryer for the last 5 minutes. This ensures they stay nice and crispy. 😋
Serve with a nice vegan ranch (Just Ranch is my favorite!) to counteract the heat, and/or some celery sticks.😁
This recipe can easily be made gluten free, as well! Just use some gluten free flour and bread crumbs.🙂