Asian Style Cauliflower Bites

Before turning vegan, cauliflower never excited me. Now it is one of of my favourite vegetables. I’m not talking about boiled cauliflower – gross. Cauliflower is another one of those versatile veggies that soaks up flavour and can be transformed into the most delicious of dishes.It can also have a very meaty texture so is a good replacement for things like chicken wings. We absolutely love cauliflower bites and have made them many a time using a classic buffalo sauce. However, we came across a new sauce by Wicked Kitchen (Tesco’s plant based range) called “Asian Style BBQ sauce” and we were inspired to create this recipe in more of an asian style. The sauce looks like this:

If you can’t find this, look for something similar. Or failing that you could opt for some buffalo sauce (“Franks buffalo wings” sauce is good) and swap the Chinese five spice to smoked paprika in the flour mixture. This is a great starter or side dish and also goes down a treat on a film night with friends. We recommend serving it up with your favourite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Asian style Cauliflower Bites

A delicious side dish or snack to serve with a dipping sauce.

Course Side Dish, Snack
Keyword cauliflower
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 100 g panko bread crumbs or a few slices of bread to make your own
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cracked black pepper
  • 300 ml plant based milk I use oat milk
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 120 g dairy free butter
  • 150 ml Wicked kitchen Asian Style Sauce from Tesco. Or something similar
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha or hot sauce
  • sesame seeds to serve

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°c.

  2. If making your own bread crumbs, start by blitzing up a few slices of bread into crumbs.

  3. Next tip the flour, five spice, cumin and a pinch of salt and pepper into a bowl and whisk together with the milk until a batter forms.

  4. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower (keep the inner leaves in the fridge to use for something else) and break the cauliflower head into florets.

  5. Line a baking tray and set up your cauliflower dipping station in this order: Cauliflower florets, batter, breadcrumbs, baking tray. Cover each floret in the batter and dip into the breadcrumbs to coat and then space out evenly on a baking tray.

  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

  7. After 15 minutes melt the dairy free butter in a pan along with the asian style sauce and Sriracha.

  8. After 20 minutes, take the cauliflower out of the oven and cover the florets in the sauce and pop back in the oven for a further 20 minutes or until the bites look crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with your favourite dipping sauce.