Sweet, spicy, baked cauliflower bites topped with a fantastic Asian-inspired sticky sauce! Serve them as an appetizer or as the main course served over rice for a delicious vegetarian dinner.
Deliciously Sticky Cauliflower Bites: The Perfect Vegetarian Alternative to Chicken Wings
Baked cauliflower bites, also known as “vegetarian wings,” are sticky, sweet, spicy, and healthy. They are the best veggie wings I’ve ever tried! Are you craving a savory and spicy dish but prefer a meatless option? These sticky bites are the perfect solution! This plant-based take on the classic chicken wing dish delivers the same satisfying crunch and tangy flavors without the meat.
These Cauliflower Bites are bathed in a sweet and spicy sauce that clings to the perfectly roasted cauliflower florets, creating an irresistible, sticky delight. They’re crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed full of flavors that will make your taste buds dance. 💃
The secret is in the sauce – a blend of tangy, sweet, and spicy ingredients that will allow you to forget all about traditional wings. And let’s not forget, these tasty bites are not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to fried foods.
P.S. Speaking of! After this recipe, you should also hop on over and try my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.
How To Make Cauliflower Bites
Have you tried these guys yet? It’s sticky cauliflower, as in sticky chicken, but minus the chicken. It’s pretty darn good! You won’t even miss the meat, I promise.
- You’re looking at cauliflower florets dipped in egg whites and covered in seasoned panko crumbs.
- They are then transferred to a baking sheet for a little fun in the sun. Well, their sun… and our oven.
- The idea here is to get them to crisp up in the oven before they meet their destiny with this damn good sauce and then our bellies.
Sweet Sticky Sauce
- Our Sticky Sauce for the cauliflower bites delivers a sweet and savory kick. It begins with a teaspoon of sesame oil, setting the tone for the delicious experience ahead that includes honey and soy sauce. We will also stir in apple cider vinegar, garlic, and sriracha.
- This delectable sauce drapes the Cauliflower Bites in an irresistibly sticky, flavor-packed coating, sure to be the highlight of this awesome appetizer or side dish.
We’re also adding sesame seeds for its nutty notes and crunchy texture.
Next time you’re tasked with bringing a dish to a party, or you’re just in the mood for a flavorful snack that won’t weigh you down, give these Sticky Cauliflower Bites a try. Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or simply looking to reduce your meat consumption, this delicious dish is sure to impress. Don’t just wing it with your next meal – reach for these Cauliflower “wings” instead! 🙃
Sidenote: About sticky chicken: pleeeeease try my Sticky Chicken Thighs. Holy Lord, they’re be.yond!
More Cauliflower Recipes
Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 whole large egg whites, lightly beaten
- 1 cup fine ground panko crumbs, or regular breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil or vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce or sriracha
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- chopped green onions, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Add egg whites to a large ziploc bag; add cauliflower florets to the bag, close it, and shake it around until everything is well combined.
- In a separate ziploc bag combine the panko crumbs, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; add the cauliflower florets to the bag, close it, and shake it around until everything is well combined and coated.
- Transfer the cauliflower florets to the prepared baking sheet; bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
- In the meantime, prepare the sauce in a nonstick skillet set over medium heat; combine the sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, and garlic and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- In a small mixing bowl combine cornstarch and water and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.
- Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the soy sauce mixture and whisk to combine; remove from heat.
- Remove the cauliflower florets from the oven and either add them to the sauce OR pour the sauce over the florets. Mix and toss until well combined.
- Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.
- Beat the egg whites until foamy; it will help with the breading.
- For better adhesion, don’t use coarse breadcrumbs. Finely ground breadcrumbs work better in this recipe. Also, you can use regular breadcrumbs or panko rind crumbs.
- If you don’t like spicy foods, leave out the sriracha and use a mild/sweet sauce, if possible.
- You can use agave instead of honey.
- Serve as an appetizer or serve it over rice for a complete vegetarian meal.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.