Crispy and spicy cauliflower "wings" with mapel sriracha coconut glaze will please even the non-vegetarians!
I've seen a lot of cauliflower wings recipes and cooked up a few. This is my spin on the popular appetizer.
Most of the cauliflower wings recipes I've eaten are a bit too heavy on the breading for me. They tend to use wheat flour, and that stuff gets into every nook and cranny of the cauliflower. Which I think is the point, but it's not to my taste at all.
This version uses panko and a little bit of shredded coconut instead of traditional flour for a lighter taste, and instead of more traditional wing sauce, it's coated in a maple-sriracha-coconut situation that you will not regret.
Unlike traditional chicken wings, these cauliflower wings are baked instead of fried. They're also dairy-free and packed with flavor!
Health Benefits of Cauliflower
White foods get a bad rap in the nutritional world, but cauliflower is more nutritious than you might think! Jill Ettinger recently included cauliflower in her list of white foods that you should be eating more of. As she points out, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. That puts it in the same class as broccoli, kale, and collard greens.
Half a cup of cauliflower contains 46 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements and 11 percent of your vitamin K. It's also 93 percent water, which makes it a very hydrating veggie. Perfect for summer!
Crispy Cauliflower "Wings" with Maple Sriracha Coconut Glaze
Crispy Cauliflower Wings with Maple Sriracha Coconut Glaze
- ¾ cups water
- ¼ cup flax meal
- 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets
- ¾ cup panko
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- olive oil to grease the pan
- ⅓ cup coconut oil measure before melting
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup Sriracha sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Whisk together the water and flax meal in a shallow bowl, and set it aside for 5 minutes or so to let it thicken up.
- Combine the panko and shredded coconut in another shallow bowl. Thoroughly coat each piece of cauliflower in the flax mixture and then in the panko mixture. Arrange in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for 10 minutes more.
- While the wings bake, make the coconut glaze by combining all the ingredients for the Coconut Glaze in a heated pan.
- When the wings are done, turn the oven up to 500F. While the oven reaches its new temperature, dip each wing into the sauce to lightly coat it. Arrange the wings back on your cookie sheets, making sure that the pieces aren't touching each other, then put them back into the oven for 7 more minutes. Serve immediately.