This Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Wings recipe is a twist on a popular takeout order! They’re crispy, crunchy and coated in a sweet and sour sauce with just a few ingredients. Learn how to make these in HALF the time!!
I first made this sauce 10 years ago during Jessiker Bakes days & have been trying to find every way that I can use it since then (hello sweet and sour tofu!). 10 years later (and after a little tweaking) I’m so happy to add this to one of my favourite veggies, cauliflower!
This sweet and sour cauliflower wings recipe hits all the notes. Tangy, sweet and savoury. If the 100+ 5-star reviews on my sweet and sour tofu is any indication, you’ll love this version, especially if you can’t eat tofu. It’s definitely another great addition to your game-day options, or for a great vegan dinner recipe.
This recipe calls for standard dredging and will be absolutely easy for all cooking levels.
Cauliflower: If you’re using a large cauliflower head instead of medium, definitely double it! It’s hard for me to guess the size of yours, so size up your ingredients accordingly!
Sweet and Sour Sauce: Using ingredients that you enjoy are important. I prefer the subtle taste of rice wine vinegar but white vinegar works well too.
Flour, breadcrumbs: these work perfectly any version of these ingredients! Regular or gluten free flour or breadcrumbs – the choice is up to you.
Vegan milk: For the vegan milk, any kind will work. If you want the best battering result, might I suggest a thicker one like soy milk or cashew milk?
Seasonings: There is a lot of flavour in the sauce so basic seasonings like garlic powder, black pepper and sea salt go a long way.
Here are some step by step instructions on how to make this sweet and sour cauliflower wings recipe.
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 bowl, whisk the flour, vegan milk and sea 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 and vice versa.
In a separate bowl, place the breadcrumbs. Line it up beside the batter bowl and the cauliflower (for a dredging station). 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.
While baking, prepare the ingredients for the sauce by heating & whisking together. Allow it to cool while the wings finish cooking.
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 garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Eat immediately – enjoy!
When you’re cutting the cauliflower off of the stem, don’t make them too small. Think: hand held wing-like pieces!
BTW, and it’s a big “by the way”, I completely hacked my own recipe! You don’t have to dip each cauliflower wing in individually (like I used to in the past). Like in the video, you can just toss them all at once! It saves SO much time and energy (and you get to eat them faster!)!
When making your sauce, ensure that you actually simmer it for the full 5 minutes so that the sauce reaches the perfect viscosity. A thick sauce is preferred over a thin one.
The sauce only takes a short time to prepare. Starting it early in the baking process allows the sauce to cool and ensures the wings stay crispy (so you’re not pouring piping hot sauce over crispy wings and losing the crispiness).
I highly recommend using a (affiliate link) silicone baking sheet for this. Nothing sticks to it, and it’s so easy to clean! This is especially important with this sticky sweet and sour cauliflower wings recipe. This is the (affiliate link) one I use.
Keeping it simple is key with the combination of flavours in this dish. So one of the best pairings for it is white rice.
If simple isn’t your thing using you can try these 15 Minute Sesame Noodles. It also pairs really well.
As game day approaches, these cauliflower wings are must on the table. It works as a stand-alone or a treat to pass around to the family. The best part is that these cauliflower wings work perfectly with the other “wings” I have on the blog.
You can make a platter with your family by adding the following:
To find even more me approved cauliflower wings to mix and match, you can look through all my cauliflower recipes!
Enjoy friends! If you make this Sweet and Sour 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!
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