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Two hands holding a bowl of bang bang cauliflower against a dark background.

Bang Bang Cauliflower

  • Author: erin wysocarski
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


This recipe for bang bang cauliflower is delicious and so easy to make. Cauliflower florets are breaded and baked to crispy perfection and served with a rich, creamy and tangy sauce. This vegan appetizer is great for parties and get-togethers!


for the cauliflower

  • 4 cups bite-sized cauliflower florets, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 2 TB Ener-G, whisked with 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups panko
  • salt and pepper
  • spray oil

for the bang bang sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo (I used Follow Your Heart brand)
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 TB sriracha
  • juice from half a lime

to serve

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • handful of cilantro, finely minced


to prep the cauliflower

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Set up a station with three large bowls. In the first bowl, place the rice flour. In the second, place the Ener-G+water. In the third place the panko mixture.
  3. Working in batches, place some of the rinsed-and-still-wet cauliflower florets into the first bowl with the rice flour, and use your hands to toss to coat.
  4. Pick up the cauliflower, shaking off any excess flour and place into the bowl with the vegan egg mixture, and toss to coat. Then place the coated cauliflower into the bowl with the panko and toss well to combine. (The pieces don’t need to be completely covered in panko, but If you find you are having some trouble with getting it to stick, moisten with a little of the vegan egg mixture and press the panko onto the florets with your fingers.)
  5. Place the cauliflower onto the lined baked sheet in a single layer. Repeat with the rest of the cauliflower pieces, then spray the tops of each with a little oil, then season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place into the oven for 15 minutes, or until the tops are slightly golden.
  7. Remove, flip the florets and respray the other side with a little more spray oil. Bake for 10 minutes more, or until golden all over. Do keep an eye on them towards the end of the bake time to prevent burning! (The bake time will vary based on the size of your florets.)

to prep the bang bang sauce

  1. While your cauliflower is baking, combine all of the bang bang sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

to serve

  1. Allow the cauliflower to slightly cool, then drizzle with the sauce as desired. Sprinkle with the chopped scallions and cilantro and serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Chinese, American

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