How to Make BBQ Cauliflower Wings

How to Make BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Craving something that’s both delicious and a bit different from the usual fare? BBQ cauliflower wings are here to spice up your snack game! These bites are crispy, coated with a sticky, smoky BBQ sauce, and they’re plant-based too.

Whether you’re gearing up for game day or just want to try a new appetizer, these wings are perfect. So, why not give them a go? I’ll walk you through the step-by-step on How to Make BBQ Cauliflower Wings, and we’ll have a blast making them together. Ready to dive in? Let’s get cooking!

How to Make BBQ Cauliflower Wings
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What are BBQ Cauliflower Wings?

These vegetarian delight that turns cauliflower into a snack you won’t be able to stop munching on. They mimic the texture and flavor of traditional chicken wings but are made entirely from cauliflower.

First, we coat the cauliflower florets in a seasoned batter, bake them until they’re perfectly crispy, and then toss them in your favorite BBQ sauce. This gives them a delicious, smoky flavor that’s both tangy and sweet. They’re perfect for serving at parties, enjoying during a movie night, or just when you’re in the mood for something satisfying and a little bit different.

How to Make BBQ Cauliflower Wings
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How Do You Cut Cauliflower for Wings?

Cutting cauliflower for wings is super simple! Here’s a quick guide to get those perfect bite-sized pieces:

How Do You Cut Cauliflower for Wings?
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  1. Remove the Leaves: Start by pulling off all the green leaves from the cauliflower base.
  2. Cut the Base: Slice off the stem so the cauliflower can sit flat on your cutting board.
  3. Slice into Quarters: Stand the cauliflower up and cut it down the center into two halves. Then, cut each half down the center again, resulting in four quarters.
  4. Break into Florets: Use your hands or a knife to break or cut the quarters into smaller florets. Aim for pieces that are about the size of a chicken wing for the best eating experience.
  5. Trim as Needed: If some florets are too large, cut them into smaller pieces. Remember, uniform sizes mean even cooking!

How to Make BBQ Cauliflower Wings


  1. 1 head of cauliflower
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp paprika
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 cup BBQ sauce
  8. Optional: 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Level: Easy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total Calories: Approximately 150 calories per serving (varies depending on the BBQ sauce used and size of the cauliflower).

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preheat the Oven:

Start by setting your oven to 450°F (230°C). This high temperature is crucial for achieving that perfect crispiness on the cauliflower wings. Allow the oven to fully heat up while you prepare the batter, ensuring consistent cooking later.

Preheat the Oven:
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Prepare the Batter:

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of paprika, and optional 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika if you like a smokier flavor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk the mixture until it becomes smooth and free of lumps. The consistency should be similar to pancake batter, thick enough to cling to the cauliflower but not so thick that it doesn’t drip off a little.

Prepare the Batter
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Cut and Coat:

Take your head of cauliflower and break it down into bite-sized florets. Dip each floret into the batter, ensuring each piece is evenly coated. Allow the excess batter to drip off before placing each piece on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This helps prevent sticking and ensures even crisping.

Coat the cauliflower
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Coat the cauliflower in a batter
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Slide the baking sheet into the preheated oven. Bake the cauliflower pieces for 20-25 minutes, flipping them halfway through the baking time. This helps them brown evenly and become nicely crispy on all sides. Watch for a golden-brown color as your cue that they’re getting just right.

Bake cauliflower
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Sauce Them Up:

Once your cauliflower is baked and crispy, remove it from the oven and place the florets into a large bowl. Pour over 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, tossing gently to coat all the pieces evenly. The hot cauliflower will slightly absorb the sauce, making them even more flavorful.

cauliflower Pour over 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
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Bake Again:

Return the sauced cauliflower to the baking sheet and spread them out evenly. Bake in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes. This second bake caramelizes the BBQ sauce and locks in the sticky, sweet-and-smoky flavor.

Serve Hot:

Serve your BBQ cauliflower wings hot and fresh out of the oven. They’re best enjoyed immediately while the coating is wonderfully crispy and the sauce is perfectly melded with the cauliflower. Pair with your choice of dipping sauces or enjoy as is for a delightful snack or appetizer.

Following these detailed steps will help you create delicious BBQ cauliflower wings that are sure to impress with their flavor and texture.

Recipe Notes

  1. Size Matters: Chop those cauliflower florets to the same size for cooking that’s as even as your mood on a good hair day.
  2. Spice It Up: Tailor the batter’s spice levels to your liking. For thrill-seekers, a dash of cayenne pepper adds just the right amount of “whoa”.
  3. Sauce on Point: Got a BBQ sauce thicker than a bowl of oatmeal? Thin it out with a splash of water for that perfect saucy glaze.
  4. Crispy Finale: Want more crunch than a gravel road? Pop the wings under the broiler after baking. Keep your eyes peeled though—those babies can go from crisp to charcoal real quick.
  5. The Encore: Leftovers? Refrigerate and reheat in the oven to keep the crispiness on point like a freshly starched shirt.

Do Cauliflower Wings Taste Like Chicken?

Cauliflower wings are a fantastic vegetarian alternative to chicken wings, but do they taste the same? Not exactly, but that’s part of their charm! While they don’t mimic the taste of chicken, they offer a unique flavor experience. Cauliflower itself has a mild, slightly nutty taste that absorbs flavors wonderfully. When you coat them in a seasoned batter and toss them with BBQ sauce, they pick up all those rich, smoky flavors.

The texture is where they differ the most from chicken wings. While not meaty, cauliflower wings get deliciously crispy on the outside and stay tender on the inside when baked properly. So, while they won’t fool anyone into thinking they’re eating chicken, they provide a delightful and satisfying alternative that can appeal to both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Give them a try, and you might just be surprised at how tasty they can b


Making BBQ cauliflower wings is an enjoyable and simple way to bring a bit of creativity and flavor to your kitchen. These wings are not only a healthier alternative to traditional meat options, but they also offer a delightful blend of textures and tastes that can easily be customized to suit any palate.

Whether you’re serving them up at a family dinner, a friendly gathering, or just treating yourself on a cozy evening in, they’re sure to be a hit. Remember, the key to perfect cauliflower wings is in the crispiness and the right balance of BBQ flavor. Don’t hesitate to play around with different spices or sauces to find your ideal combination.

So, go ahead, give this recipe a try and enjoy the wonderful flavors it brings to your table!

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