These crispy baked vegan teriyaki cauliflower wings are absolutely delicious. Perfectly crispy on the outside while still being soft and tender inside.
If you have not yet delved into the world of cauliflower wings you are seriously missing out on one of the greatest creations ever! No worries though, these baked vegan teriyaki cauliflower wings will convert you!
Definitely pairing them with our vegan ranch dressing will elevate these even more!
Even if you don’t like cauliflower itself as a vegetable, we are almost certain that these can switch you to Team Cauliflower!
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CRISPY BAKED VEGAN TERIYAKI CAULIFLOWER WINGS INGREDIENTS:
Below are notes about the ingredients before we get into the full recipe located lower in this post on how to make these vegan bbq wings:
- Cauliflower – The star of this dish is cauliflower. It’s inexpensive, easily accessible, and easy to use. When used with this cooking method, you’ll be shocked at how good it is.
- Seasonings – We’re using garlic powder, salt and pepper here to make sure that our food is layered with flavor
- Flour – We use all purpose flour as part of the breading method to add a nice coating and give the perfect texture
- Non-Dairy Milk – Pick your favorite neutral tasting non-dairy milk. Nothing that is sweetened or flavored.
- Bread Crumbs – We prefer panko bread crumbs for this recipe
- Teriyaki Sauce – use your favorite store brand
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS:
- “Meat” Base – While we love cauliflower and thing you will too, you can definitely play around with the base of this recipe with the batter. Try oyster mushrooms, tofu, seitan, jackfruit, and more.
- Seasoning – For different flavors you could use an all-purpose seasoning, something like Mrs Dash or 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe’s. Feel free to use your favorite homemade blend or store blend to switch things up
- Flour – You can use whole wheat flour for this recipe, in addition to gluten free 1:1 blend like King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill
- Bread Crumbs – Most breadcrumbs contain dairy so are not vegan, but if you do have regular breadcrumbs you can use those. Alternatively you could switch it up and try crushed chips, cornflakes, and more.
- Sauce – Use any store bought or homemade sauce you like! Buffalo, ranch, BBQ, etc.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME?
This dish is best served fresh out of the skillet. But good news is that you can heat that back up! We recommend doing so in an air fryer for 7-10 minutes. We recommend not adding any sauce if possible for the ones that you aren’t going to eat. Consume within 3-5 days.
Can vegan cauliflower wings be frozen?
Yes! You can freeze vegan teriyaki cauliflower wings for up to 3 months at a time. Store in an air tight freezer bag or container.
Can I make half a batch? (or can I double, triple, etc)?
Yes! If making half a batch, then you can halve the batter ingredients. Similarly if you are doubling the recipe, you will add twice as much of every ingredient.
CAN I MAKE THIS TOP 8 ALLERGEN FREE?
Yes. You’ll want to use both Gluten Free 1:1 flour and breadcrumbs.
What’s the best way to cut cauliflower for baked teriyaki cauliflower wings?
Truly any size will work, but there is a best practice. You don’t want tiny bite size pieces because that will take forever to coat but you also don’t want huge pieces. Where the cauliflower naturally breaks into florets is a good starting place. If anything is too large, then you can cut that in half. It’s also great to leave some of the stem on to be more wing like.
Can I make this in an air fryer?
Yes! We suggest not overcrowding the pan or basket of your air fryer. Then work in batches to cook at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until desired texture. It will not be as golden brown as the ones in the photos, but these are still great!
WHAT DO I EAT WITH VEGAN TERIYAKI CAULIFLOWER WINGS?
This can be an appetizer or the main component of your dinner.
We recommend serving with fries or onion rings or even as a side to your favorite homemade vegan pizza.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative for a side, try rice or quinoa. You could also serve with just a side of steamed vegetables or salad, noodles, or lo mein.
Do teriyaki cauliflower wings taste like chicken?
While the cauliflower when cooked, does have a more meaty like texture than just raw cauliflower, we can’t say that it’s entirely comparable. There are both taste and texture difference to traditional meat; however, if you are vegan, vegetarian or leaning towards eating more plant based options, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe.
Are teriyaki cauliflower wings better for you?
This recipe is baked which definitely adds to its healthiness. It does still contain flour and breadcrumbs. What we can say is that it is a healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken wings. Cauliflower is low in fat and has zero cholesterol. For a healthier alternative to deep frying, we suggest air frying.
What other vegan cauliflower recipes would I like?
Cauliflower is an excellent vegetable for a variety of dishes!
Here’s a few more vegan cauliflower recipes we think you would like:
- Easy Vegan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
- Vegan Cauliflower Tinga Tacos (photo above)
- Vegan Cauliflower Coconut Curry
- Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
- Vegan Kung Pao Cauliflower
- Vegan Orange Cauliflower
and more! Get all our vegan cauliflower recipes!
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Baked Vegan Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F/ 230C. Rinse cauliflower and dry very well. Cut into florets.
- In a bowl, add flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and non-dairy milk. Whisk together very well. In another bowl add the breadcrumbs. Place bowls side by side.
- Add a cauliflower floret to the wet mixture and move around to coat everything evenly. Let excess batter run off. Next, dip and cover the cauliflower in breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet.
- Repeat until all florets are coated and placed on baking sheet, making sure to not overcrowd your baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and toss wings in teriyaki sauce, then bake for another 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately.