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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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!
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?

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!
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.
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!
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 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!
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?
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!

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?

A: Yes!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED // MY FAVORITE INGREDIENTS & PREP PRODUCTS |

Sticky Spicy Sesame Cauliflower Wings (GF + V)

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 27 min Serves 30     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower

Cauliflower Wings

  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 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

Sauce

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or greased foil.
  3. Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don't use the stem).
  4. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of wings.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 22 minutes. Please ensure your oven is completely preheated and hot.
  8. While baking, prepare the ingredients for the sauce by whisking together.
  9. 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.
  10. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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94 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing my link for Sick Chipotle Cauliflower Wings. Your Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings sound amazing! I’ll take a little of each please!

  2. Great minds think alike – I have a very similar recipes coming soon. I just love them dipped in loads of hot sauce!

  3. Oh wow! This looks AMAZING, great way to use cauliflower.

  4. Annie says:

    Oh yes!!! My husband loooooves wings, but I don’t care for meat quite as much as he does so this is PERFECT! I cannot wait to make these!

  5. Girl these look absolutely sensational!!!! I want them now!

  6. wow these look absolutely mouthwatering! I wouldn’t miss the meat here at all, Jessica.

  7. I know just by looking at those that they’re awesome. Nice!

  8. Even before I was a vegetarian I didn’t eat wings. But just last night I was thinking what would be a good substitute. Cauliflower is genius & the seasonings sound perfect!

  9. Mo says:

    Hi Jessica-

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the left margin of the text collides into the colorful social media cubes and covers the text, which then leaves us only the top and bottom two inches to read the text unobstructed. Could you pleeeeeease modify the formatting (increase left margin by 1/2″?) to correct the current overlap? Thank you!! 🙂

    And great won’t-miss-the-meat recipe! Cauliflower is the perfect sub, whenever a meaty texture is desired. These apps look absolutely addictive!

    • Jessica says:

      Oh my gosh,

      Thank you Mo!! The screen I’m working on is REALLY huge so there’s no overlap for me which is why I dind’t realise it was happening. Going to edit it now. Thanks so much!

    • Andrew Snelling says:

      Made these tonight with the sauce. I didn’t change a thing in the recipe and they were terrific! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely make these again.

  10. These look amazing Jessica! I’m not really into football, but I love “football” food. 🙂 I never thought to use cauliflower in this way but I need to try this!

  11. Gah yes, I need these in my life! I love cauliflower (maybe a little too much?? haha) That sauce!!

  12. Liz says:

    Wow, these look INCREDIBLE!! Totally adding to my Super Bowl round up!

  13. Delicious! I have to try these right away. I love the flavors in that sauce!

  14. These look SO GOOD !!!

  15. Sherly says:

    I love to live with mexican foods, once invisited mumbai @india.. once in a werk i try to prepare it for my family abd they just love it , especially my kids.i have a doubt, can we use olive oil instead of coconut oil used here??

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sherly,

      I wouldn’t use olive oil since it can burn easily. I would use vegetable oil then.

  16. Michelle says:

    I would love this recipe but I am unable to find the recipe to open it.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Michelle,

      So sorry about that! I was having some technical issues, but the recipe is back up!

  17. Kimbaaj says:

    These looked amazing from the pictures, however the outcome didn’t live up to them. What I thought it was going to turn out to be was like an Asian Sesame sauce or a General Tso’s sauce. The baked breaded coating came out very dry, and the additional soy and maple sauce did nothing to give it the caramelized coating. So disappointed!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kimbaaj,

      Sorry to hear my recipe didn’t work for you! That’s very strange, since I know many others who it’s worked for (including me – I’ve made this so many times!). It’s hard for me to know what went wrong for you since I’m not in the kitchen with you.

  18. Lauren says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me what serving size you based the nutritional info on? I’m making these for myself and recently switched to a vegan diet, I’m trying to make sure I’m getting enough protein. Thank you!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lauren,

      The serving size was for about 5 bites, which will not fill you since it’s cauliflower, but simply for the purposes of calculating a serving size to help guide readers. Hope that helps!

  19. Elle says:

    How important are the ginger and the red pepper flakes?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Elle,

      You can leave out the ginger and the red pepper flakes if you want to. The ginger does give the sauce a great flavour and the red pepper flakes give the cauliflower a kick, but if you don’t like/don’t have/are allergic to these ingredients you can leave them out. I would recommend adding another spice element (maybe hot sauce?) since the spiciness of these wings really contributes to the flavour. I do need to say that I can’t speak exactly to the taste of the sauce without the kick of the ginger or the wings without the kick of the spice so I can’t guarantee exactly how they would taste, but I doubt it would make a huge difference. I hope you enjoy!

  20. Kayla says:

    These are great! They are great texture and look like the pictures 🙂 I substituted soy sauce for the liquid aminos but will stay true to the recipe next time because the soy sauce made the wings too salty. I’ll follow the recipe next time 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kayla,

      Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! Yes soy sauce is way more saltier than liquid aminos. I’ll add a note in the instructions to not swap. You’re very welcome!

      • Linda says:

        What could I use instead of liquid aminos?

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Linda,

          You could use tamari or soy sauce, but taste it before it goes on the wings because they are saltier than liquid aminos. You may need to add some more maple syrup to balance out the saltiness. Hope that helps!

  21. Karis says:

    Omg.. I just made these. They’re AMAZING

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Karis,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback!

  22. Liz says:

    The cauliflowers were great until I put on the sauce which was way too salty. I tossed some in Frank’s hot sauce instead for buffalo cauliflower bites. They were a big hit!

  23. Nysha says:

    Omggggggg!!! First time making cauliflower wings I’ll admit I was skeptical but Whewwww I think this will be a staple in my house.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Nysha,

      I’m SO happy to hear!! I’m thinking of making another cauliflower wings recipe later this year! 🙂 Thanks so much for your feedback!

  24. Ashley Harris says:

    We had these tonight for dinner and they were a hit! Having cauliflower tacos later this week and will try to remember to take a picture. We have loved everything we have tried so far. Coconut curry chickpea recipe is in our regular meal rotation too!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Ashley,

      SO glad you enjoyed!! So glad you’ve enjoyed everything so far too 😀 thanks so much for your feedback!!

  25. Sarah says:

    Hi,
    I just made these for my sweetheart to eat while I’m at work tonight, and I just had to taste test one. They’re DELICIOUS, I’m considering taking them all for myself and pretending they never happened, haha. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed and I hope your sweetheart does too (IF you share them haha!). Thanks so much for letting me know and you’re so welcome!

  26. Melissa says:

    I’m a bit confused regarding the breadcrumbs? You mentioned in the questions that it’s necessary to use Panko crumbs but the ingredient list mentions gluten free breadcrumbs. Which is it please?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Okay, so the gluten free breadcrumbs that I linked to are panko breadcrumbs, so I was using them interchangeably. So yes, it’s gluten free panko breadcrumbs. If you aren’t gluten free though, you can definitely just use regular panko breadcrumbs. IF of course you can’t find panko breadcrumbs, regular breadcrumbs are fine but just won’t be as crispy.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I’ve also re-worded the question as follows:

      Q: Do I have to make these vegan cauliflower wings with the 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?

      A: Yes!

      Hope that helps!

  27. Amanda Horan says:

    Just made these tonight!

    Personal touch – I added a bit of soy sauce, onion powder and sesame oil to my wet batter. I also used panko (all I had) – made a super light but crunchy coat.

    These are banging and will be in my weekly dinner rotation – cannot wait to try with different sauces.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Amanda,

      I’m SO glad to hear you enjoyed them!! Thanks so much for your feedback. 🙂

  28. Ali says:

    Jessica – I have NEVER commented on anyone’s recipe before and I’ve made some delectable dishes. This recipe had my husband smacking his lips looking for more!
    This is a keeper and we BOTH thank you a gazillion times for sharing it!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Ali, Happy New Year! I can’t believe I missed your comment. You’re SO welcome!!! I’m SO glad you both enjoyed this so much :D. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  29. Sandra says:

    Mouth – watering recipe… i will surely try this near future… Thanks for sharing…

  30. Kelli Snow says:

    I just made these and they were AMAZING. I made extra sauce so that I could dip each “wing” rather than use a pastry brush. These will definitely be making an appearance at my next party. Thank you!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kelli,

      I’m so glad to hear that!! Oh I love that idea – I have to try it too! Thanks so much for your feedback and you’re very welcome!!

  31. Amanda says:

    These sound amazing. I can’t wait to try them.

  32. Sonja says:

    These were a hit with my boyfriend and I! I did use soy sauce, but only one tablespoon, and it seemed to do just fine. By chance, I also used garlic powder instead of ginger powder in the sauce, but they were still delicious! Thank you very much for the recipe.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sonja,

      I”m so happy to hear! Glad your soy sauce sub and garlic powder sub worked too! You’re so very welcome and thanks so much for your feedback!!

  33. Kat says:

    Made this recipe last night. Delicious!
    Thanks ?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kat,

      I’m so glad to hear that! You’re so welcome and thanks for your feedback!!

  34. Hi, Jessica! I just made these wings tonight with a few little tweaks. SOOOOOO GOOD!! Thank you for this recipe. I will be sharing my tweaked version – and crediting you of course – in my own blog. Great recipe.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Audrey, I’m SO glad to hear you enjoyed these! Thanks for your feedback!

  35. Gail says:

    I just made these for dinner tonight. They were so delicious! I couldn’t quit eating them. My husband loved them too. I will most definitely be making these again. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      HI Gail,

      So glad to hear you both enjoyed them!! Thank you so much for your feedback and you’re so welcome!

  36. Liz says:

    Hi Jessica – Could I substitute skim milk for the unsweetened almond milk?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Liz,

      Yes! I know I responded to you already but in case someone else wants to know. 🙂

  37. Cassie says:

    Just made these for lunch, I loved the flavour! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  38. Dani says:

    What is the soy sauce for? I read in notes about using it but don’t see it in the ingredient list or the instructions?

  39. Tanya says:

    Your sticky cauliflower wings were excellent and a huge hit with my family. The only problem I had was with the panko breadcrumbs about halfway through using as they got a little soggy and wouldn’t stick- so had to throw away and start again. I followed your advice with dipping individual pieces at a time…

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Tanya,

      So glad you and your family enjoyed them so much! That’s so weird, that sogginess has never happened to me before! Thanks for your feedback!

  40. Shannon says:

    Just tried these out! First time & they turned out perfectly, a testament to a really great recipe with really helpful side notes too. Delicious! Now the only problem is waiting for my partner to get home before I eat them all! Thank you so much! 😀 x

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Shannon,

      Oh haha I am SO happy to hear that! Yes waiting to share is always the hardest part haha :). Thanks so much for your feedback!!

  41. Shari says:

    Tried my hand at this recipe and they were DELICIOUS! I just need to work on making mine more “sticky” lol. Thanks for the healthy finger food recipe girl!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Shari,

      Thanks so much for your comment darling!! You’re so welcome <3 <3!

  42. Vanessa says:

    I just made these for the week and it was AMAZING! I just went vegan recently and I heard that cauliflower could taste like chicken. Boy oh boy, does your recipe taste like chicken! Thank you so much for it and I will definitely continue to use it!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Vanessa,

      YAY! So happy to hear this! I love this recipe too! You’re so welcome and thanks for your feedback! 🙂

  43. Jeanette says:

    Tried this recipe tonight and it was delicious!! I think this is the healthiest way I’ve found to make cauliflower wings. I love how crispy they came out. I made half the batch adding the sauce and cooking the extra 5 minutes, and half batch I left out of the oven and dipped. I really loved both! I loved the extra crispiness of the dipping batch, and I loved how the sauced batch soaked up the sauce just a little bit more. My husband wasn’t crazy about the sauce but I think he’s not into ginger as much as I am in general. He said he loved the non-sauced wings and next time he will try dipping them in bbq sauce. I loved the sauce and everything about this recipe. Looking forward to checking out more from your site. Thanks so much!

  44. Lizzie says:

    These look amazing!!! Can’t wait to try!

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