These vegan cauliflower hot wings with vegan aioli are the perfect comfort food! It’s almost a bit creepy how close they are to the real thing! They’re so tangy, spicy, and incredibly comforting. And they’re also a lot healthier than chicken wings! Oh, and they’re just in time for football season!
I’ve wanted to try vegan cauliflower wings for sooo long. But somehow I never got around to actually making them. There are just waaay too many vegan things to try. And some people say vegan food is boring and restrictive. Well, not really!
On the contrary, I’m always amazed what you can do with food. Like making vegan jackfruit pulled pork or vegan cheese sauce with cashews. I didn’t really like cooking before I became vegan or at least I wasn’t really into it. But when I became vegan, I was so eager to try all these new things and I absolutely fell in love with cooking and food! It’s one of my greatest passions.
But back to the cauliflower hot wings!
Cauliflower Hot Wings – What You’ll Need
You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make these vegan cauliflower wings. Just very basic ingredients you’ll likely find in any regular grocery store.
- 1 head if cauliflower
- chickpea flour or regular all-purpose flour
- unsweetened plant-based milk (almond or soy)
- garlic powder
- paprika powder
- spicy BBQ sauce
- panko breadcrumbs (omit for a gluten-free version)
- salt and pepper
- sriracha sauce (optional)
As always, you can find the full ingredient list and detailed instructions in a separate recipe box at the end of this post.
What goes with cauliflower wings?
We ate the vegan cauliflower hot wings with vegan aioli, which I absolutely love. We used a store-bought vegan aioli (from Byodo). But if you can’t get hold of it, you can also make it yourself by blending vegan mayonnaise with garlic. Or enjoy these vegan chicken wings with ranch sauce. I got a recipe for a vegan ranch dip in another post.
I also love eating them in pitas with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado. Or even in tacos. So yummy!
If you’re looking for a spicier version of cauliflower wings, check out my cauliflower buffalo wings with ranch dip. They’re made with Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings sauce and they’re sooo delicious!
Gluten-Free Cauliflower Wings
Instead of all-purpose flour I like to use chickpea flour for gluten-free cauliflower buffalo wings. This works really well! Besides, you have to omit the panko breadcrumbs and use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead or just leave them out all together.
I must admit that I like the version with panko breadcrumbs much better, but the cauliflower wings without flour are still extremely delicious! And this way you can also make them low carb.
More vegan cauliflower recipes:
- Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
- Cauliflower Burger
- Crispy Vegan Cauliflower Tacos
- BBQ Pizza with Crispy Cauliflower
- Cauliflower Bolognese Sauce
- 20 game-changing vegan cauliflower recipes
I hope you like this recipe for cauliflower hot wings as much as we do around here! They’re a real crowd-pleaser!
Have a great Sunday, everyone!
Sina – xx
Cauliflower Hot Wings with Vegan Aioli
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or chickpea flour for a gluten-free version)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika powder
- black pepper
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (omit for a gluten-free version)
- 1 cup spicy BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (optional)
- 2 green onions, cut into rings
- Heat the oven to 350 °F.
- In a large bowl, combine the chickpea flour, the plant-based milk, the water, the garlic power, the paprika powder, the salt, and the black pepper.
- Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Dip the florets into the batter, so they're completely coated. Roll them in the panko breadcrumbs (omit this step for a gluten-free version). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet. Don't put them on top of each other. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove them from the oven and dip them in the spicy BBQ sauce. Coat evenly. Put them back on the baking sheet. If you want them to be even spicier drizzle a bit of sriracha sauce on top. Bake for another 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle with the green onions and serve with vegan aioli or vegan ranch sauce. Enjoy!