These sweet, crispy, addictive Vegan Gluten-free Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings make for a healthy and delicious snack, meal, or party food. Kid-friendly too!
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Hey Internet, I've got a new addictive recipe for you today: Vegan Gluten-free Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings! They're RIDICULOUSLY delicious, super easy and simple to make.
I've had Buffalo cauliflower wings and they're pretty good, but I'm more of a sweet and tangy gal and once I made my own teriyaki sauce I knew I HAD to try Teriyaki wings!
It's kind of weird that cauliflower became a sub for chicken, isn't it? I mean I've used a lot of things to sub for chicken--a few my favorites include jackfruit (Double Noodle Chik'n Soup, anyone?) and oyster mushrooms (Hello, Teriyaki Chik'n with Brussels Sprouts!).
Buuuuuut nonetheless here we are and it's a thing. So why not run with it?
Oh and I nearly forgot the best part! This recipe works for ANY type of cauliflower wings. Simply stop at the step you put the sauce on, add the sauce of your choosing, and enjoy!
With this recipe you could make:
- Buffalo Wings
- BBQ Wings
- Dijon Wings
- Ranch Wings
- Orange Wings
The possibilites, Fred, the possibilities! Wait, who's Fred?
Anyway, enough yapping, let's dig in!
What Do I Need to Make Vegan Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings?
Well you'll definitely need some cauliflower! I used a small head of cauliflower and got approximately 3 cups of florets for this recipe. You can easily double it if you'd like a bigger batch.
For the dipping sauce that holds the breading, I used a mixture of unsweetened nondairy milk, gluten-free flour (any flour will work, even almond for a lower carb option), and a few spices.
The spices I used are salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. You can use any that you'd like.
For the actual breading, I used gluten-free panko bread crumbs. If you are not gluten-free, just use regular panko.
I recommend panko over regular bread crumbs for a crispier wing. If you can't find any kind of panko, you could also try grinding some crackers in the food processor. Otherwise this recipe will still work with regular breadcrumbs.
And of course you'll need the sauce of your choosing. I used teriyaki sauce that I made in 10 minutes.
How to Make Vegan Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings
First make your dipping sauce. I mix together the nondairy milk, flour, and spices in a medium bowl. Whisk it to ensure no clumps of flour remain.
Add a small portion of your panko bread crumbs to a lipped plate or wide bowl. Don't add them all at once (sometimes the dipped cauliflower will drip and make the other crumbs wet, making it hard for them to adhere).
Now is when I would preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius). You can also use an air fryer for this but it may take a bit longer (you may have to work in batches since it's best to cook these in a single layer).
After cutting your cauliflower into large florets, you can put together your dipping and rolling station.
I like to organize it so I work left to right (if you're a lefty you may want to reverse it!). I put the the bowl of cauliflower florets on the far left, then the dipping sauce, then the panko, and finally the pan.
Make sure to line your pan so your wings do not stick. I like silicone mat liners because they are reusable (saving money) and I feel they increase crispiness.
Using a fork or your fingers (you'll want to rinse either often), dip a floret first in the dipping sauce and make sure all sides get covered. Then, let it drip a moment.
Next, dredge it in the panko so all sides are covered. Then place it on the pan and repeat.
Either rinse your fingers / fork often or you could try using one hand for the wet and one hand for the dry. This doesn't work for me because I have a disability in my left hand, but it may work for you.
Baking the Wings
Place the tray in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove it, flip each wing (you may need a fork or small cookie spatula to help you (at this point they might stick a little but that's OK). Cook 15 more minutes.
Then, remove them from the oven and using a fork, spoon, or tongs, dunk each cauliflower wing in the teriyaki sauce or whichever sauce you are using. Bake one more time for about 5 minutes.
Serve how you like--either in a bowl on their own with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onion, atop rice, with noodles, or anything you like!
Do Cauliflower Wings Taste Like Meat?
No. Cauliflower wings do not taste like meat. I'm saying it louder for the people in the back.
They don't. And that's OK.
Obviously, I don't need something to taste like meat. I'm vegan and I don't need that.
If you would like a wing sub that tastes like meat, go to the freezer section of your grocery store and look for brands like Gardein. Gardein is awesome for meat replacement.
But, are cauliflower wings delicious? Heck yes they are!
If you aren't a cauliflower fan, I think you'll like these wings. They make it taste SOO much better, and the texture is awesome: crispy on the outside, tender and delicious on the inside.
Plus they're bursting with yummy umami flavor.
Other Asian-Inspired Recipes
If you like this recipe, I suggest you try some of my other Asian-inspired recipes!
As always, I hope you love this recipe--I know I do.
These Vegan Gluten-free Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings are:
- and PACKED with umami flavor!
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