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Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings

These baked Cauliflower Wings are coated in BBQ sauce. They are easy to make and a healthier alternative to the fried cauliflower wings. Have them as a snack or make them into a whole meal serving them over rice and veggies.

Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Unlike my two other cauliflower wings recipes (Spicy Cauliflower Wings & Breaded & Fried Cauliflower Nuggets) these BBQ Cauliflower Wings are baked, not fried. Which makes them a healthier alternative.

These baked cauliflower wings are then coated in BBQ sauce. Make sure you’re using a BBQ sauce that you actually like because it will make most of the flavor. I’m always using a smoky BBQ sauce which I find better than the ones that go into the sweeter direction – at least for these wings.

You can make these BBQ Cauliflower Wings as a snack and serve them in a bowl with wedges (like I did) or you can make a whole meal out of them by serving them over rice and veggies.

How to make Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings

The Ingredients

As always, you can find the whole recipe at the end of the post. But here’s an overview of the ingredients you will need:

  • cauliflower
  • for the batter:
    • flour,
    • water,
    • and spices
  • for the breading:
    • fine breadcrumbs,
    • panko flakes,
    • flour (to make sure the cauliflower florets are coated completely),
    • and spices
  • BBQ sauce (and water to thin it out)

If you don’t have panko flakes at home, no worries, just use more fine breadcrumbs! If you’re missing some of the spices, feel free to experiment with what you have!

The basic steps

cauliflower florets
Step 1: Break the cauliflower into florets.
cauliflower floret dipped in batter
Step 2: Dip cauliflower florets into the batter.
cauliflower dipped in breading
Step 3: Coat the battered cauliflower florets in breadcrumbs.
breaded cauliflower on baking tray
Step 4: Lay the breaded cauliflower wings on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
baked cauliflower wings on baking tray
Step 5: Bake them at 400°F/200°C for 20-25 minutes.
baked cauliflower wings in bbq sauce
Step 6: Thin out the BBQ sauce with water. Then add the cauliflower wings.
bbq coated cauliflower wings
Step 7: Carefully shake the bowl until the wings are coated in the BBQ sauce.
Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings
Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings

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Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
These Baked BBQ Cauliflower Wings are so easy to make and such an impressive snack! You can even make them into a whole meal by serving them over rice and veggies.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 4 people
Calories 362 kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • fresh parsley to sprinkle on top


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • 1/2 cup smoky BBQ sauce **
  • water to thin out the sauce (I used 1/4 cup)


  • Break the cauliflower in florets and wash them.
  • For the batter: In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, and paprika powder. Add water and whisk until it's a smooth batter.*
  • For the breading: Combine all the ingredients listed above for the breading in a bowl. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
  • Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter, then in the breading (make sure they are coated well), place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Once you have the tray full of cauliflower wings, bake them for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy, flipping them once halfway through. You might have to use a second tray to fit in all the cauliflower wings.
  • Thin out the BBQ sauce with water. Then add the baked cauliflower wings. Carefully shake to coat them. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and enjoy!


*You can adjust the consistency of the batter by adding more flour if it’s too thin and more water if it’s too thick. Ideally, it should be between a crepe (thin batter) and a pancake batter (thick batter).
**Make sure you’re using a good BBQ sauce that you like. I prefer a smoky BBQ sauce over sweet ones. Also, check the ingredients because some BBQ sauces are made with honey.


Calories: 362kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 11gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1103mgPotassium: 614mgFiber: 6gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 265IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 4mg
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 5th of November 2020

Very nice recipe. We have to try. So easy, flavorful and delicious.