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Crispy Cauliflower Bites

These Crispy Cauliflower Bites are spicy, crunchy, and so flavorful. You can serve up this easy recipe as a side or topping, with a dip or in a salad - it's delightfully versatile.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 277kcal


  • 1 lb. cauliflower florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. plant butter, melted
  • cup your favorite hot sauce (more in notes section)

For the Batter

  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup oat milk (or more, if needed)


  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and oat milk. You'll want to have a mixture that reminds you of the consistency of pancake batter. Use extra milk if needed.
  • Add the cauliflower pieces to the bowl and coat them with the flour mixture nicely, using a spoon or your hands.
  • Place the Panko bread crumbs into a medium bowl and roll the cauliflower pieces in it until fully coated.
  • Place the coated cauliflower onto a large, parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 425°F.
  • While the cauliflower is in the oven, make the sauce by mixing the hot sauce and melted butter together.
  • Remove the cauliflower bites from the oven and drizzle with the hot sauce mixture. Return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.



How to serve these Cauliflower Bites

As Is. Just garnish them with parsley and enjoy.
With a dip. I LOVE dipping these in vegan mayo! Other great dipping sauces are Avocado Crema, Yum-Yum Sauce, and Cilantro Lime Sauce.
In tacos. Add these to your tacos along with your favorite taco toppings.
On top of your salad. These cauliflower bites add a delicious crunch and can really spice up a salad.
As a side. These would pair perfectly on the side of your favorite dishes.

How to make these in the air fryer

This recipe can be adjusted to the air fryer. I suggest making half of the recipe, so the pieces are not too crowded in the air fryer basket. Cook first at 375°F for 10 minutes. Then add the sauce and return them to the air fryer for 5 more minutes.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1061mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3mg