Sticky BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Sticky BBQ Cauliflower Wings


Recipe posted: 29th March 2021

A fun twist on the classic chicken wings...


A twist on the classic chicken wings

These cauliflower wings are SO delicious. Such a good alternative to chicken wings if you're vegan/plant based or just craving something different! The sauce is so sticky and heavenly, you guys will love it.


Ingredients in sticky BBQ cauliflower wings

You will need fresh cauliflower.

For the batter you will need all-purpose flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper and buttermilk. To make this vegan use dairy-free milk + apple cider vinegar.

For the sauce you will need agave or honey if not vegan, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar.

You will need to start by dipping the cauliflower florets into the batter and baking for 10 minutes at a high temperature. I used my air-fryer to cook these so you can too!

This is what they will look like first:


You will then dip them into the sauce and bake further.

Tools you will need to make this

You don’t really need much to make this recipe and you can easily use what you already have on hand.

You will need:

  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • Airfryer OR oven
  • 1 baking tray lined with parchment paper (if baking in the oven)

For measuring: 1 tsp, 1/2 tbsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 cup.


Recipe and photographs by The Heavenly Bakes

Sticky BBQ Cauliflower Wings

A fun twist on the classic chicken wings!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, bbq, cauliflower, vegan, veganrecipes
Servings: 2 servings


For Batter

  • 1/2 big cauliflower (you can easily double the recipe if making for more than 2 people)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (combine with milk). You may use buttermilk if you're not vegan or dairy-free.

For Sticky BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup agave/maple syrup You can use honey if not vegan.
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Start by washing and cutting the cauliflower into florets resembling the size of chicken wings.
  • Make the batter by adding all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  • Dip the cauliflower into the batter making sure to cover them well.
  • If using an air-fryer you will need to cook them for 10 minutes at 200°C/390°F.
  • If baking in an oven, make sure to preheat at 220°C/430°F then cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Once they're golden, take them out and make the sauce.
  • Mix all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Dip the cauliflower into the sauce, making sure to coat evenly.
  • Air-fry for another 10-15 minutes or bake for another 20 minutes until crispy.
  • Top with sesame seeds, serve them with more sauce and any sides you desire!

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Rated 5 out of 5
January 14, 2022

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I don’t normally cook vegan food but we have good friends who are vegan so I’ve been looking for some creative recipes to cook for them! This looks perfect !

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