As someone who isn’t a vegetarian, and thinks plain cauliflower is a bit ‘meh’, I can confirm these Asian Style Cauliflower Wings are flippin’ delicious! The best way to make cauliflower taste good!! Perfect Vegetarian Chicken Wings!

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It’s one of those recipes where Chris and I hover over the dish right after I’ve finished the photos, and noisily demolish them on the spot. Whilst at the same time, being astounded that we’re enjoying a cauliflower-based snack so much.

This recipe first came about when one of our lovely readers asked for a vegetarian version of our Crispy Asian Chicken Wings. At first, I looked at the screen, a little bemused, wondering how it could be possible to make anything taste as good as those chicken wings.

Although I do make an effort to make vegetarian recipes, as well as meaty ones, I’m not overly keen on meat substitutes – such as tofu, quorn, veggie bacon etc. When it’s trying to taste like a meat, it usually puts me off.

I much prefer to make the most of natural veggie ingredients. In this case, cauliflower was the perfect answer!

The wings are first coated in a buffalo style coating:

Spices being poured from a plate to a jug to make coating for baked cauliflower wings
Sauce being poured onto cauliflower florets

Before being baked in the oven. This gives a nice crispness to the cauliflower.

Cauliflower florets going into the oven

Then they’re coated in my classic Asian style sauce (the same one I use for the chicken wings)

Asian style sauce being poured over baked cauliflower florets

And finally topped with spring onions and chilli flakes.

Asian cauliflower wings on a blue plate with spring onions sprinkled on top

Can I make them gluten free?

Yes, you can replace the soy sauce with tamari. Replace the flour with gluten free plain flour blend. Also ensure the sweet chilli sauce you’re using is gluten free.

Can I make them ahead?

I find these wings taste best when eaten right away. However, you can make the cauliflower batter (just stir together the ingredients) and the Asian sauce (just stir together the ingredients, but don’t cook the sauce until the cauliflower wings are in the oven) up to the day before, then cover and refrigerate so it’s quicker to cook the next day.

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4.80 from 10 votes

Baked Cauliflower Wings – Asian Style

As someone who isn’t a vegetarian, and thinks plain cauliflower is a bit ‘meh’, I can confirm these Asian Style Cauliflower Wings are flippin’ delicious! The best way to make cauliflower taste good!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian


  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 90 g (2/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour (use gluten free plain flour blend if required)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into chunky florets


  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce (check it's gluten-free if required)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 cloves garlic pealed and minced
  • 1 tsp lemon grass paste


  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onions scallions
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
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  • Preheat the oven to 220C/425F (fan) and line a large baking tray with a silicone mat or baking parchment.
  • Add the milk, water, flour, garlic salt, celery salt, paprika, chilli flakes, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Mix it all together until no lumps remain, then add the cauliflower florets.
    120 ml (1/2 cup) milk, 120 ml (1/2 cup) water, 90 g (2/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp celery salt, 1/2 tbsp paprika, ¼ tsp chilli flakes, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground pepper, 1 head of cauliflower
  • Mix together to completely cover the florets. Use a slotted spoon to lift the florets out of the mixture, allowing the excess batter to drip off. Place the florets on the prepared baking tray, leaving a little room between each.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning once after 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add all of the sauce ingredients into a saucepan, stir and bring to the boil. Allow to bubble for 5-10 minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly (it will thicken more as it cools). Turn off the heat.
    1 tsp vegetable oil, pinch salt and pepper, 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, 2 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp brown sugar, 5 tbsp soy sauce, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp lemon grass paste
  • Place the wings in a large bowl and very carefully pour over the sticky sauce (be careful, it will be VERY hot). Toss to combine, then serve topped with chopped spring onions (scallions) and chilli flakes.
    2 tbsp chopped spring onions, 1/2 tsp chilli flakes



Nutritional information is per serving.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 2388mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 72.8mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kathleen Broomfield-Payne says:

    5 stars

  2. Natasha Ghitt says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my daughter. It’s yummy! She gave me a thumbs up! Yay! Thank you. We gave up meat for Lent. I will be making this again, for sure!

  3. michelle says:

    I was so excited to find this recipe, can’t wait to try it. Looking at the sauce recipe though, it looks like it will be really sweet. If I want something less sweet but with more kick to it, can I lessen the sugar or honey and should I add in more thai sweet chilli sauce? I don’t cook often enough to know how to adjust ratios so any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!

  4. Nicola Wilde says:

    5 stars
    I am a fan of cauliflower and not a big fan of spice, so I kind of reduced the chilli aspect but over all this was absolutely delicious!! I would recommend this as it works as a snack or a side – thank you for publishing this!!

  5. kaeti Ash says:

    Can you pre cook cauliflower florets in boiling water roasted cauliflower gives me cramps and gas boiled doesn’t looking for a meat free option went rest of family are enjoying their wings also Soy sensitive

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Hi Kaeti, yes you could pour this sauce over boiled cauliflower if that works better for you. I’m not sure on a soy-free alternative to soy sauce. I often recommend tamari for gluten-free, but I believe tamari still contains soy.
      I’ve heard people replace soy sauce with coconut aminos, but unfortunately I haven’t tried this myself.

      1. Kattia says:

        Braggs liquid Aminos is gluten free or any brand coco aminos is a a great gluten and soy free option in recipes that require soy sauce.

  6. Lindsay George says:

    5 stars
    Amazingly simple & stunningly delicious

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Lindsay 🙂