Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings (VIDEO)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated
These Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings are the best veggie wings I’ve ever had! Loaded with a maple sesame flavour and spice, they are the perfect game day snack for vegans! 
 sticky sesame vegan cauliflower wings on parchment paper with scallion cuts around it
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?
 sticky sesame vegan cauliflower wings on parchment paper with scallion cuts around it
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 explained to me about four times but all I hear is “crunch crunch”. Oops.
 sticky sesame vegan cauliflower wings on parchment paper with scallion cuts around it infront of a small bowl with sauce and baking tray with more cauliflower wings
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!
 sticky sesame vegan cauliflower wings on parchment paper with scallion cuts around it
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.
What to Serve Cauliflower Wings With
You can serve these wings with pretty much, ANYTHING. Fries, noodles, rice, by themselves, even in a sandwich! I’ve even loaded them onto a salad.
 sticky sesame vegan cauliflower wings on parchment paper with scallion cuts around it


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. If 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 breadcrumbs?

A: Yes! The breadcrumbs make 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’re NOT gluten-free, you can use regular panko breadcrumbs. These are the gluten-free breadcrumbs I use – otherwise, I just make them myself (day-old bread in a food processor/blender, then toast it).

Q: If I’m not gluten-free, can I use regular flour and panko breadcrumbs?

A: Yes!

Enjoy friends! If you make this Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love 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!
These Sticky Sesame 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 on parchment paper with scallion cuts around it

Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings

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! 
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, vegan, Vegetarian
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea 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/panko gluten free breadcrumbs seasoned with salt & pepper


  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 teaspoon water mix together separately from the rest of ingredients in a small bowl for a cornstarch slurry
  • ¼ cup water
  • chopped scallions & sesame seeds for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F/230 degrees C. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or greased foil.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it 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). Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of the wings.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, almond milk, salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder in a bowl to make the batter. If the batter is too thick, feel free to thin it out with some more milk. In a separate bowl, place the 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. Transfer them to the breadcrumbs (you can do this in two or three batches) to coat completely, then place onto the baking sheet, giving each wing enough space. 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. Toss the wings 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 5 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Maple Ginger Sauce

  • After you put the cauliflower in, you can start making the sauce. In a pan over medium-high heat, mix all the sauce ingredients. Whisk together to help dissolve the cornstarch slurry. Bring to a boil, then a simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken up. Whisk frequently so the cornstarch doesn't thicken up in spots but instead mixes evenly throughout the sauce. Taste test and add more sugar/soy if you want it sweeter or saltier. Remove from heat and allow to cool until needed. It'll also thicken up as it cools!
– Either way tastes great, sauce or sauceless, it’s your choice!
– Don’t use olive oil to grease the baking sheet since it will burn the bottom of your wings.
– 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.
Without sauce, the wings are 24 calories each.
Yes, You can use regular or whole wheat flour if not gluten-free and regular breadcrumbs if you’re not GF. 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.
You can store these Cauliflower Wings in an 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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Calories: 33kcal
by Jessica

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  1. Owenna Nagy says:

    My first visit to your web site. I made Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings, and followed the recipe “almost” exactly. I used regular flour, soy sauce. and honey instead of maple since I don’t mind using honey. They were so incredibly good!! You really came up with a winner with this recipe.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Owenna! We’re so glad that you found the recipe to be good! Thank you so much for reading!

  2. Jennifer Paquin says:

    5 stars
    Just made these. Loved them, but ran out of batter. I think my head of cauliflower was too big. No big deal because I saved the rest of the cauliflower and I plan on making them again before the weekend. Prefer the sauce over them vs. just leaving plain.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you for leaving a kind comment and for reading. We’re so happy that you like the recipe!

  3. CVP / RVP says:

    5 stars
    These are GREAT! We used coconut beverage because we didn’t have any almond milk, and also fresh ginger rather than dry. Per the notes above, we added more heat by including a 1/2 tsp of cayenne. Next time we will double the sauce recipe because it’s very tasty. Will definitely make this again.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much for letting us know all your changes! We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed it!!

  4. Liliya says:

    5 stars
    These turned out amazingly. I made some tweeks just because of personal preference (added real soy sauce plus some a tablespoon or two rice vinegar into the sauce) but GOSH I am so happy I stumbled upon your recipe. Thank you!!

    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Liliya! We’re so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Marianne says:

    5 stars
    These are delicious!!! I used almond flour and since I didn’t have gluten free breadcrumbs, I ground up some almonds in the blender and used that. So very good! Thank you!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Marianne!! I’m so happy to hear that and love the ground up almonds – great idea!!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh my god, thank you so much! My family had a great time with these recipes!

  7. Fran says:

    5 stars
    These were great ! I didn’t have almond milk so used unsweetened coconut milk and they were still fantastic. Will definitely make again.

  8. marion says:

    5 stars
    Best ever wings I made so far!! absolutely AMAZING!!

  9. Katrina says:

    5 stars
    Another delicious dish. Thank you! Can’t wait to try the other flavor “wings”. My husband and I just had this for dinner. Probably best to keep as an appetizer or snack. Love the idea topped on salad. Delicious flavors!

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thank you so much Katrina!! So happy to hear that!! 🙂 LOVE the idea of putting it on a salad!

  10. Tori says:

    5 stars
    I made these for a pitch in at work, my boss is vegan. These were amazing! I loved the sauce. I’m going to try to experiment to make them more keto friendly, my lifestyle. Not sure I’m going to come close to this deliciousness but they were too good to give up! Thank you so much Jessica!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Oh wow, thank you so much Tori! We are so happy that you and your boss enjoyed this. I hope you have a great day.

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