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Bang Bang Cauliflower

by: claire cary

Cauliflower has never tasted better! This bang bang cauliflower is a gluten free and vegan take on the popular bang bang shrimp. It's spicy, perfectly sweet and so easy to make.
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins



  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour I used gluten free
  • ¾ cup plain non-dairy milk
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs I used gluten free



  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the cauliflower into medium sized florets and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and cornstarch until smooth.
  • In a second bowl, add the breadcrumbs.
  • Take one piece of cauliflower, dip it in the batter, let the excess drip off, then roll into the breadcrumbs.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can just add the breadcrumbs to the same bowl as the batter and mix together, but I prefer the texture when it's done separately.
  • Repeat until all cauliflower has been used. The batter may thicken a bit as it sits, if it gets too thick, just add a splash of milk and whisk.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cauliflower has browned slightly. After 25 minutes, I usually turn the oven off and let it crisp up for an additional 5 minutes, but it should be done at 25 depending on how large the florets were.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together all sauce ingredients. Combine the cauliflower with the sauce and serve immediately.


Bang bang cauliflower/shrimp traditionally used mayo in the sauce, but there are a few options if you prefer to not use mayo. First, my homemade cashew cream works really well! I suggest the savory option if you go this route. Second, just do without! You can omit the mayo entirely and just use the sweet chili sauce. It won't have the same creamy feel, but it will still be delicious. 
This recipe can easily be made without the breadcrumbs if you prefer or don't have any. 
Serving: 6pieces / Calories: 391kcal / Carbohydrates: 63g / Protein: 9g / Fat: 11g / Saturated Fat: 1g / Fiber: 5g / Sugar: 17g

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