Vegan cauliflower "wings" with spicy tomato sauce

This vegan recipe for delicious cauliflower "wings" are a delicious snack to munch on whether you strive for a plant-based life or not.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 4
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This recipe is from our book, #veganlife


  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup (70g) dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (see tip)
  • 1 2/3 cups (250g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 medium cauliflower (1.5kg)
  • vegetable oil, to deep-fry
Spicy tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
  • 1 medium onion (150g), chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 400 grams (12½oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) malt vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pure maple syrup


  • 1
    Make spicy tomato sauce: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook mustard seeds for 30 seconds or until they pop. Add onion, garlic, spices and black pepper; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Add tomatoes, vinegar, maple syrup and ½ cup (125ml) water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cook, for 25 minutes or until reduced and thickened. Cool.
  • 2
    Combine flaxseed meal with ⅔ cup (160ml) water in a large bowl; stand for 5 minutes or until thickened. Add mustard and hot sauce; stir to combine. In a second large bowl, combine flour, powders, spices and white pepper; season with salt.
  • 3
    Cut cauliflower into 2.5cm (1in) florets.
  • 4
    Fill a large saucepan one-third full with oil; heat to 180°C/350°F (or until a cube of bread turns golden in 15 seconds). Add cauliflower to flaxseed mixture; stir to coat. Working in batches, toss cauliflower in flour mixture to coat. Carefully lower coated cauliflower into hot oil; fry for 2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel. Season with salt.
  • 5
    Serve cauliflower with sauce.


Use whatever hot sauce you have on hand, such as sriracha or Mexican hot sauce. Serve cauliflower popcorn with lemon wedges.

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