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Air Fryer Sesame Cauliflower Wings

by: claire cary

These crispy air fryer cauliflower wings are coated in a spicy sesame garlic sauce. They're easy to make, both vegan and gluten free and the perfect crowd pleasing appetizer.
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins



  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • cup gluten free all purpose flour or regular AP flour
  • cup plain non-dairy milk I used almond
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup plain gluten free breadcrumbs

Spicy Sesame Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang see notes
  • 1-2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Cut the cauliflower into medium/small florets.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, garlic and salt.
  • Add the cauliflower to the batter and toss to coat. Toss in the breadcrumbs and mix until well coated.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit. This should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Once ready, add half of the cauliflower to the air fryer basket in one layer. You will likely need to do 2 batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer to 370 for 10-13 minutes depending on how crispy you like it.
  • Meanwhile, add the minced garlic to a small pot with the oil. Saute until lightly golden brown, then add in the ginger.
  • Saute for 1-2 minutes. Add in all remaining ingredients aside from the water and cornstarch. Whisk well to combine.
  • In a small dish, whisk together the water and cornstarch and add to the sauce. bring to a low boil, then remove from heat to let thicken.
  • When both batches of the cauliflower are done, add to a large mixing bowl and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and chopped scallions and enjoy!


If you do not have or do not like gochujang (red chili paste) you can simply leave it out!
Serving: 1cup / Calories: 305kcal / Carbohydrates: 50g / Protein: 11g / Fat: 10g / Saturated Fat: 1g / Trans Fat: 1g / Fiber: 6g / Sugar: 11g

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