These Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings are the best veggie wings I’ve ever had! Loaded with a maple sesame flavor and spice, they are the perfect game day snack for vegans!
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Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings? YES please!Confession time: there would’ve been way more wings in the pictures, but I kind of devoured them seconds after they came out of the oven. Happily so, burning the roof of my mouth and smiling in deep satisfaction. You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve made vegan cauliflower wings, so I knew to expect delicious, flavourful bites of pure sticky goodness. I was SO right. Shall we?
With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, no doubt you’re preparing snacks even if you’re not that into the actual game. Personally, I just go along with the team my husband chooses. It’s pretty ironic since I played basically every sport under the sun from karate to football (soccer) to my all time favourite synchronised swimming. I can watch and get ANY sport within 10 minutes, but for some reason when it comes to American Football I get so wrapped in all the delicious food that it’s been explain to me about four times but all I hear is “crunch crunch”. Oops.
I doubt this year will be any different, especially if I’m nibbling on these babies. Vegan cauliflower wings are what have been “missing” from the vegetarian world for years, but are definitely here to stay. They taste JUST like regular wings. Without sauce, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and with sauce they are EVEN better.
I decided to go with a sweet and spicy sesame sauce for these wings, and they are sticky, soft on the outside, and unbelievably divine. The spice has just the right amount of kick, and the sweet sesame flavour takes it completely over the top. They are great for a meal or as a snack, and the best part? You can show down basically a million of these without any guilt. It’s also completely gluten free, so you can serve these to all your guests despite their dietary specifications. PRETTY sure that qualifies as a touchdown!
These wings are also incredibly easy to make. Batter them up, back them, dip ’em in sauce, and bake in the oven for just 5 more minutes. Your entire house will smell like amazing and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sitting in front of the oven counting down. Promise me you’ll make these? You do not want to miss out on how amazing these are.
P.S. who are you rooting for the upcoming games?
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Q: What can I substitute for the liquid aminos?
A: I usually don’t recommend substitutions, but you can substitute liquid aminos for tamari equally. I f you want to substitute soy sauce, I recommend a reduced sodium soy sauce. If you’re using regular soy sauce, you’ll need to taste test the sauce first before putting on the wings and possibly add more maple syrup to balance it out.
Q: Do I have to make these vegan cauliflower wings with the (gluten free) breadcrumbs?
A: Yes! The breadcrumbs makes the cauliflower wings crispy before the sauce goes on, and also means that you can make them sauceless. Ideally, you should make them with panko breadcrumbs which I’ve linked to below. I’ve made these without the breadcrumbs and it doesn’t work without the breading. IF you can’t find panko gluten free breadcrumbs, regular gluten free breadcrumbs will work, just toast them first.
Q: If I’m not gluten free, can I use regular flour and panko breadcrumbs?
| WHAT YOU’LL NEED // MY FAVORITE INGREDIENTS & PREP PRODUCTS |
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ( 1/2 if you want it very spicy, leave out if you don't like spice)
1 cup crispy gluten free panko bread crumbs (seasoned with salt and pepper) OR toast your breadcrumbs slightly before using
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons liquid aminos
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
chopped scallions & sesame seeds, for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or greased foil.
Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don't use the stem).
Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of wings.
In a separate bowl, whisk all the batter ingredients together EXCEPT the bread crumbs. Place the bread crumbs in a bowl. Line it up beside the batter bowl.
Toss the cauliflower in the mixture one at a time, shaking off excess batter. Do not soak. Then, dip the cauliflower into the breadcrumbs to coat completely, then place onto the baking sheet. Repeat until all of the wings are coated.
Bake for 22 minutes. Please ensure your oven is completely preheated and hot.
While baking, prepare the ingredients for the sauce by whisking together.
Remove from oven. You can stop here, and serve the wings sauceless with sauce on the side (it is not a very thick sauce). The wings will be crispy this way. Alternatively, coat the wings in the sauce. With a pastry brush, brush the sauce onto the wings. Bake for another 5 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.
Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!
1. Either way tastes great, sauce or sauceless, it's your choice! 2. Don't use olive oil to grease the baking sheet since it will burn the bottom of your wings. 3. The batter will only adhere to the cauliflower wings dry. So, if for any reason you wet your cauliflower, it has to be 100% dry for the batter to stick.
You can use regular or whole wheat flour if not gluten free. Some Gluten Free flours are thicker than others, so if your batter seems way too thick, add in a few tablespoons of milk to thin it out a little if necessary. I use Bob's Red Mill All Purpose GF (NOT Baking) Flour. If you want to substitute soy sauce, PLEASE taste the sauce before it goes on the wings first. Some soy sauces can make this too salty. I recommend a reduced sodium soy sauce.
HOW TO STORE CAULIFLOWER WINGS You can store these Cauliflower Wings in airtight tupperware container in your fridge for up to 4 days, and reheat them in an oven until warmed. They taste best fresh. I wouldn't recommend freezing these as the batter may get soggy.
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