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BBQ Cauliflower Wings

BBQ Cauliflower Wings are such a perfect appetizer or snack for game day. Made with a handful of ingredients, these will keep everyone coming back for more!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Nora Taylor



  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  • Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces. I like to leave some of the cauliflower stem on each piece, it makes them easier to pick up when eating.
  • In a large bowl, add water, flour, garlic and onion powder, and salt. Whisk until well combined. In a second, smaller bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs. 
  • Add the cauliflower to the batter in the large bowl, and toss to coat. Remove the pieces of cauliflower, one by one, and tap off the excess batter a few times on the side of the bowl. Roll them in the breadcrumbs, coating on all sides, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake for 10 more minutes, until brown and crispy. Remove from the oven.
  • Toss the florets with 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce to coat in a large bowl, then return to the pan. Put them back in the oven for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven, brush with more barbecue sauce before serving, if desired. Serve with Vegan Ranch for dipping. Enjoy!


  1. To make gluten free, use a gluten free flour mix, or almond flour in the batter. You could omit the breadcrumbs, use gluten free breadcrumbs, or try using cornmeal instead.
  2. Panko breadcrumbs work the best for this recipe, but you could substitute another kind of breadcrumbs if desired. Just check the ingredients to make sure they are dairy free. This brand of panko breadcrumbs is accidentally vegan and I can find them at many normal grocery stores and on Amazon.
  3. To store leftovers, keep them in a covered container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven until warm, or even in the microwave. 
  4. You can use your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce (check ingredients to ensure vegan) or make my Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce. You will need about 18 ounces, which is the average bottle of bbq sauce and how much my recipe makes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg