Bang Bang Cauliflower (Vegan)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

These Vegan Bang Bang Cauliflower Wings are crispy, sweet & spicy and tossed in a creamy spicy mayo sauce! It’s pretty easy to make, and tastes phenomenal! P.S. you can also make it in the air fryer or without!

Bang bang cauliflower on a plate.

Without a doubt, I’m in love with cauliflower. If you’re feeling deja vu – ish yes, we’ve had this conversation before! After being introduced to cauliflower wings and cauliflower soup, I’ve gone out of my way to seek out all the ways to master cauliflower. Here I am again, but this time with bang bang cauliflower!

What is bang bang cauliflower?

Bang bang cauliflower is essentially cauliflower wings in a bang bang sauce. Surprise! Another cauliflower wings recipe! But bang bang is a special sauce made up of a Chili paste (or really any thick spicy sauce like sriracha), mayo and a sweetener and it tastes sooo divine. After making bang bang broccoli, I knew I wanted to make a cauliflower version. They are similar, but different in flavour and cooking times so I wanted to do a separate version.

Breaded and baked cauliflower wings on a plate.

Can you make cauliflower wings in the air fryer?

I also get asked all the time “can I make cauliflower wings in the air fryer?” So I wanted to address that in this post! Long story short – yes, you can make cauliflower wings in your air fryer!

I’ll include the bake time below and I will also include a bake time for making this in the oven. To me, they come out basically the same, it’s just a matter of preference.

This bang bang cauliflower is honestly a dream come true. As if I didn’t already love spicy cauliflower wings (hello buffalo cauliflower wings)  this bang bang sauce rode into my life like a knight in shining armour. Crispy crunchy cauliflower combined with a sweet and creamy sauce = perfection.

Baked cauliflower wings in a bowl with bang bang sauce covering the wings.

How to make bang bang cauliflower

First, you batter and bread the cauliflower similar to in my cauliflower wings recipes. The difference here is the batter. It’s more of a tempura batter, and comes out nice and light. It really adheres well to the cauliflower.

Next, you toss the cauliflower in the sauce. I eat this two ways. Sometimes I toss the sauce in it and eat It immediately. Or, if you’re like me normally and need to find a show to watch while eating (which let’s be real, take a while sometimes), I toss it in the sauce then stick it back in the air fryer or oven for another minute or two. The sauce really seeps in and the cauliflower stays extra crunchy.

Needless to say; these cauliflower bites are supreme. Like, top-notch foods. I highly recommend them, and love that they actually do taste great the next day too! Be sure to give it a try and happy eating friends!

Close up of bang bang cauliflower wings on a plate.

What to Serve/Eat Bang Bang Cauliflower with

This goes so well with so many things.

  • Noodles, fried rice, in lettuce wraps or with dumplings! It’s totally up to you! 
  • Batter up other veggies you may have and treat it the same. It’s a great way to use leftovers and tastes amazing! 

Bang bang cauliflower in a closeup view.

Enjoy friends! If you make this Vegan Bang Bang Cauliflower, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much! P.S. – do you know that we have an entire blog dedicated to low carb recipes named Low Carb Vegan Recipes?! Be sure to check it out!

Bang bang cauliflower wings on a plate with dip on the side.

Vegan Bang Bang Cauliflower

These Vegan Bang Bang Cauliflower Wings are crispy, sweet & spicy and tossed in a creamy spicy mayo sauce! It’s pretty easy to make, and tastes phenomenal! P.S. you can also make it in the air fryer or without!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Asian

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek or any other chili paste (including sriracha)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar

Bang Bang Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour gluten-free or regular
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or any chili paste 
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch 
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or any nut milk + two teaspoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 cup crispy Panko breadcrumbs seasoned with salt pepper, onion powder & garlic powder 



  • Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. It should be liquid-y. Set aside.


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F/230 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet or greased foil. Using a knife, remove florets from the cauliflower (aka cut off the leaves and don't use the stems).
  • In a bowl, mix the flour, chilli paste, cornstarch, nut milk, ACV, sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Stir to combine - the batter should be like a sticky tempura batter. If the batter is too thick, feel free to thin it out with some more milk and vice versa.
  • In a separate bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs. Line it up beside the batter bowl. Toss the cauliflower in the batter mixture (you can add them all at once), using a spatula or spoon to coat them all.
  • Then, transfer them to the panko breadcrumbs (you can do this in two or three batches) to coat completely, then place onto the baking sheet, giving each floret enough space.
  • Bake for 22 minutes. Please ensure your oven is completely preheated and hot.
  • Remove from oven. Toss the battered baked cauliflower in the sauce (I like to use a spatula to move them around to get properly coated) then using tongs or a spoon, remove and place back on the baking sheet. Bake for another 1-2 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.
  • Remove from oven, top with sesame seeds, eat immediately and enjoy!


  • IF using an air fryer, preheat to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C.
  • Repeat all the steps and then place in your air fryer in a single row, so that all the cauliflower has a little bit of space around each piece. Cook for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway, then continuing to cook. After you add the sauce, bake for another 1 to 2 minutes in the air fryer!


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 3mg
by Jessica

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  1. Cindy says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Will be making again for sure.

  2. Isabella says:

    5 stars
    I have made these twice now and they are AMAZING! A couple of issues though…(1) The batter is super thick so I have had to add maybe another 1/3 C of milk just to get them coated and I wish that part was easier. There is no way I could just toss them in this batter with a spatula. It is a hands on process. (2) both times, the batter covered 1/2 a head of cauliflower no way a whole one. (3) Both times I had to double the sauce in order to have enough to cover the cauliflower and again it was only half a head. They are amazing though and we love them!

    • Hi Isabella,

      Thanks so much for sharing! I realise that my cauliflower heads are way smaller than everyone else’s haha! The batter can depend on so many factors from the brand of flour etc, but I’ll do a video for this to show in the future for sure!!

  3. Paula says:

    5 stars
    Best I’ve ever had!
    Thanks you for sharing your recipe
    Can’t wait to make em again 😉

  4. Krista says:

    5 stars
    In the words of my neighbour (who I had to run down the street and share it with because it was just so darn delicious) ‘This is restaurant quality’….and she is right! A must try if you haven’t already. Broccoli version is equally perfect:)

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Haha, we love that you shared this recipe! Thank you so much for leaving this review and we’re happy that you and your neighbour enjoyed it!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these last week end for football Sunday and my family LOVED them! My son even commented… “hey mom, I’m amazed because these taste and even look a bit like buffalo wings.” We WILL definitely be making them again!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Aww, this is wonderful Kariann! We’re so happy that you and your wonderful family enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment.

  6. I LOVE your website and your recipes of course! I made these last night and did one batch baked and the other air fryer – it was hard to choose which one was my favorite! My family have decided these were their favorite. I’ve made other versions, but this is by far the BEST and it’s way better Hard Rock 😉

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Oh wow Wendy! We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    These are AMAZING. I am not personally vegan but trying to eat less meat. I made these once just for my husband and I and then have been craving them recently so I made them again. We had a friend that is vegan over and she said they’re one of the best things she’s eaten in a long time! Personally I’d recommend making more of the sauce, maybe double? Or 1.5 times more? Always a bummer to run out. I had to make more the time I made them recently. Can’t remember from the time previous. Also if you are serving them to folks that don’t like cauliflower, just make the pieces smaller. Overall a fantastic recipe.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Elizabeth! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

  8. Jordann says:

    5 stars
    UNREAL. I literally forgot I was eating cauliflower. So so spicy but so so so good!! We used pre-cut/bagged cauliflower and had to double the sauce to coat them all. Can’t wait to eat these again – once I can feel my tongue 😉

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome we’re so happy you enjoyed it Jordann! Thanks so much for reading!

  9. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight on a whim & I didn’t have all the ingredients, but it still turned out amazing! The batter amount was perfect for my cauliflower head (small mixing bowl sized). I even forgot to add the chili paste to the batter, but it still tasted fine. The milk (I used macadamia milk) & lemon juice make an almost buttermilk type of batter. I had to add a splash more of milk to get a batter consistency because at first it was too thick (like dough).

    I tried some un-sauced florets with sriracha aioli and loved it this way as well. This recipe was so easy to make! I can’t wait to make it again with all the ingredients.

  10. Eilís says:

    5 stars
    Soooo good! I’ve tried several cauliflower recipes from your site and they are all winners.

    The only chili paste I had around was gochujang, and it worked nicely in the recipe. I also substituted honey for the maple syrup and used a bit less than called for. Will definitely be making again!


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