Kicking Cauliwings

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Serves: 4

We wanted the experience of barbecue wings, and this cauliflower recipe hits the spot! With a little breading and a thick coating of hot sauce, this benign, pale vegetable transforms into a fiery taste sensation.


  • For the Breaded Cauliflower
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • For the Sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Frank’s Red Hot (or other hot sauce)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (or apple cider)
  • 1 tbsp molasses (or maple syrup if preferred)
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder


  1. Heat oven to 425°.
  2. Mix all batter ingredients together.
  3. Dip and coat cauliflower florets, then spread evenly onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. You don’t necessarily have to flip the cauliflower, but the underside might be mushy if you don’t.
  5. Mix all sauce ingredients together.
  6. After the cauliflower has been baking for its 30 minutes, remove it. Brush a thick layer of sauce onto the cauliflower and bake it for a further 5 minutes.

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