Crispy Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bowl

Perfectly crunchy baked cauliflower smothered in sweet and spicy bbq sauce. Paired with a creamy cabbage slaw and fresh cilantro. A delicious and satisfying healthy meal to start the new year off.

Ever since deciding to eat a plant-based diet a few years, I’ve never really looked at vegetables the same. For example, brussel sprouts to me are much more than tiny, tasteless cabbages, they can be roasted to perfection and smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce, or thrown into a flavorful salad.

Cashews aren’t just plain nuts. They can be blended into a luscious and creamy, cheesy sauce or roasted to provide a delicious nutty flavor to curries and stews.

And cauliflower provides the perfect baseline for a variety of mouthwatering recipes -providing a crunchy vegetable in a rich Thai curry, or in this case an ultra, crispy baked sweet and spicy bite, which is a great alternative to your traditional chicken wing (now, not quite the same but you get the point).

These Crispy Baked BBQ Cauliflower provide the perfect sweet and spicy crunch in every bite. Paired with a creamy cabbage slaw to add a touch of freshness to the dish. Top on brown rice and you got yourself the perfect healthy, wholesome meal to start off this new year.

crispy baked bbq cauliflower bowl

Don’t worry, this dish is a lot easier than you think and is worth every minute of preparation.

This Crispy Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bowl is…

  • Easy
  • Simple
  • Crispy
  • Sweet
  • Spicy
  • Fresh
  • Vegan
  • Oh so delicious!
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crispy baked bbq cauliflower bowl
Crispy Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bowl
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Perfectly crunchy baked cauliflower smothered in a sweet and spicy bbq sauce.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: crispy baked bbq cauliflower, vegan
Servings: 4 people
Author: Taavi Moore
BBQ Cauliflower
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 1 cup all-purpose or gf flour
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or GF breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
Cabbage Slaw
  • ½ head of red cabbage, shaved
  • 1 carrot, peeled into strips
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonaise such as Vegenaise
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
Other Additions
  • 1 ½ cup brown rice, cooked
  • Fresh cilantro
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and spices. Stir in water until a smooth batter forms. Pour breadcrumbs into a separate bowl. One-by-one, dunk the cauliflower into the wet mixture. Shake off any excess. Roll in breadcrumbs and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake cauliflower for 15 min. until golden brown.

  3. While cauliflower is baking, prepare the slaw. Toss together shaved cabbage and carrot ribbons with mayo and paprika in a bowl. Adjust taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Add cauliflower to a large bowl. Pour over bbq sauce and carefully stir to coat cauliflower.

  5. Serve bbq cauliflower over brown rice with cabbage slaw. Top with fresh cilantro and a dash of red pepper flakes.



  1. Kate
    May 4, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    I’ve made these cauliflower bites a few times now and they’re amazing! Everyone loves them. This time I made them with a sweet sesame sauce instead. And it turned out really well! Here’s the recipe (measurements are estimated I kind of just wing it while making it!):

    – [ ] 1/3C honey
    – [ ] 1/4C soy sauce
    – [ ] 1 tsp fresh ginger
    – [ ] 1 tsp fresh garlic
    – [ ] 1 tbsp chill garlic sauce
    – [ ] 1 tbsp sesame oil
    – [ ] 1tsp Apple cider vinegar

    Bring to a boil mix in 1 tbsp corn starch slurry and remove from heat while constantly stirring

    • healthienut
      May 4, 2020 / 10:40 pm

      SO great to hear!! happy you enjoyed them 🙂 that sauce sounds so so delicious!! thanks for sharing.

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