Vegan hot wings (cauliflower)

An addictive vegan version of spicy chicken wings! Are you craving fried chicken? Try this vegan alternative instead and you will be amazed how quickly you forget about the birds.

When I was about 3 weeks into my vegan adventure I was craving fried chicken! I was already craving fried chicken before I even started… So what does a vegan do in this situation? Create some delicious hot wings from cauliflower!

Cauliflower hot wings with spicy Korean fried chicken sauce

Restaurant chain Wagamama makes something like these and calls it Bang Bang cauliflower. Trust me, this recipe here is way better!

Cauliflower by itself does not have a whole lot of flavor. That’s why you see it as a substitute in all kinds of vegan and keto recipes. The smaller your cauliflower florets, the less you will taste the cauliflower. Why? Because your ratio of coating to cauliflower just gets better and better.

You do not need to pre-cook the cauliflower! The time in the oven will be more than enough to make sure they are crispy on the outside and cooked to perfection on the inside.

For an absolutely delicious sauce, coat the vegan wings with Korean fried chicken sauce. Can’t find it in your local supermarket or corner store? Use this recipe for Korean fried chicken sauce to make it at home yourself.

This recipe is inspired by Sina’s cauliflower hot wings on and my previous recipe of super cruchy “fried” cornflakes-chicken

PS: This recipe also works great with broccoli. The green brother of the cauliflower however has a bit more flavor and a more distinct taste. It’s still absolutely delicious.

Main dish for 2 hungry eaters. Add some sweet potato fries or coleslaw to make it a full-blown meal


  • 1 whole head of cauliflower

  • Batter:
  • 150g flour
  • 200g yogurt
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt & black pepper

  • Crust:
  • 150g cornflakes (alternatively, use Japanese panko bread crumbs)
  • 50g flour

  • Cooking spray (if you don’t have this, give it an ever so light drizzle of oil)
  • Optional, but highly recommended: 1 cup of Korean fried chicken sauce (recipe here)

Turn some cauliflower into delicious fake chicken wings

Preheat the oven to 200°c. Fan works best for crunchy and evenly browned bites.

Cut your cauliflower into florets. Don’t throw the stem away! Slice it up into 1 cm thick discs.

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the batter. Use a whisk to prevent any lumps.

Make the crispy breading by putting cornflakes and flour into a food processor. Pulse until the cornflakes are coarsely ground up. Pour the coating into a shallow bowl.

Add a few cauliflower florets to your batter and mix until they are fully coated on all sides.

Take one floret out of the creamy batter. Allow the excess to drip off. Press the floret into the cornflake-flour mixture and coat from all sides. Place on a lined baking tray.

Repeat with the remaining florets. Then bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Take the baking tray out of the oven. Spray the partly-baked cauliflower wings with some cooking spray. Return to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Dig into some crunchy vegan hot wings!

Comments are always welcome! Have you ever tried cauliflower as a chicken substitute before? Would you consider giving up chicken altogether? We want to know it all! Leave a comment and make the world a more delicious place.

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