Easy to Make Barbecue Cauliflower Wings

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These flavorful Barbecue Cauliflower Wings are easy to prepare and are also vegan and gluten-free. Cauliflower florets are dunked in seasoned batter and baked until crisp instead of fried, then smothered in barbecue sauce.

Easy to Make Barbecue Cauliflower Wings

The is the ideal dish to serve die-hard skeptics. It can be served as an appetizer, snack, side or even as a main dish.

Barbecue Cauliflower Wings



This recipe is similar to my Cauliflower Nuggets recipe minus the barbecue sauce. There are so many people who don’t love cauliflower, but I will encourage you to give it another try. They are great to serve at your next potluck, party or BBQ and watch them disappear.

This BBQ Cauliflower recipe is far from being bland, it is full of flavor and perfect to replace meat in your diet especially if you are a new vegan or your doctor told you to stop eating meat. One thing for sure is my 9-year-old son Daevyd loved it so it is very kid friendly.

BBQ Cauliflower Wings Step by Step Tutorial

How To Prepare Cauliflower BBQ Wings

To prepare the BBQ Cauliflower Wings, take one medium cauliflower, remove the leaves.  You can actually cook the leaves if you grew your own cauliflower or bought them freshly picked with leaves still intact.  The leaves are delicious finely chopped and steamed like my Southern Collard Greens recipe.

Wash and break the cauliflower into little florets. Next, make the batter. For this recipe, make a think batter the consistency of pancake batter. Combine brown rice flour, paprika, smoked paprika, cumin, salt in a large bowl. Add an equal amount of water to flour and whisk until smooth and all lumps disappear.

Add cauliflower florets and make sure to cover each floret completely with the batter. As you transfer each floret in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet, make sure to lightly shake off excess batter to prevent pooling of batter on the sheet. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and crisp.

Remove florets from oven and toss with BBQ sauce, Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. So easy and addictive. For my readers who do not like sauces with vinegar, you are welcome to try my homemade BBQ Sauce recipe, it is the sweet version.

BBQ Cauliflower Wings on a white plate

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 232 kcal / 970 kJ
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Carbs: 50 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • For:
  • 4 Servings



  1. Preheat oven 450 degrees F. Wash and break cauliflower into florets and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown rice flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprka, smoked paprika, cumin and salt. Add water and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add caulilfower florets and toss to fully coat, making sure batter cover all sides of the florets. Shake off excess and transferr floret onto baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove from oven and toss with barbecue sauce. Return to oven to crisp up for about 5 more minutes.


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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Ruth Dieffenbach
    December 17, 2020

    I’ve made many cauliflower wings and these are by far the best! My husband also loved them and proclaimed them the winner out of all the ones he’s ever had! This will be my go to recipe from now on!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 17, 2020

      Ruth that’s so awesome, I’m so happy you found my recipe and tried it. Glad your hubby loves it too. Thank you so much for leaving your feedback, I really appreciate it.

  2. Sharon
    June 19, 2020

    I made these this evening,and they were absolutely phenomenal.They were very easy to make,and turned out to be finger licking good.I made some homemade vegan ranch,with celery sticks on the side.Yummy! I just love your recipes.Thank you Michelle!

  3. Nic Bromfield
    April 17, 2020

    I have tried making bbq cauliflower chicken 2 times and it was a flop! I tried your recipe and it was a bomb! It was easy and delicious! I am about to make some for the Sabbath. Thank you for this simple, delicious recipe 😁!

  4. NJ
    November 8, 2019

    Looks very interesting…I will try it! Thanks

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    November 8, 2019

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  6. Shandi
    August 16, 2019

    Made this earlier this year for a basketball game, and just had a request to make it tonight for a bbq. It’s such a hit!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 16, 2019

      Shandi that’s so awesome to read, thank you very much for your feedback. I hope everyone enjoys it.

  7. Vicki Jo
    September 17, 2018

    Made this and it was delicious.

  8. Brittaney
    June 24, 2018

    Came out great!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 24, 2018

      Thank you for your feedback Brittaney, so happy it came out great.

  9. Sonal
    May 28, 2018

    I love experimenting with Cauliflower. It’s texture and taste is so forgiving. Love this recipe.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 28, 2018

      Thank you Sonal, its amazing what you can do with it.

  10. Mossy
    April 14, 2018

    Great recipe! Made this for non-vegan, non-GF friends last night with some vegan garlic tandoori cream sauce and they were gone within minutes!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 14, 2018

      Thank you Mossy, I’m so happy everyone loved it. I’m planning to serve it to a huge crowd next weekend. Hoping for the same reactions also your sauce sounds amazing!

  11. Lauren
    March 28, 2018

    Hi Michelle,

    This looks delicious! I just wanted to let you know that your recipes have seriously changed my life. :) My husband and two young kids are vegan and your recipes always turn out so well and the entire family loves them. My kids have devoured every sweet treat that I’ve baked and my husband loves the cabbage dumplings and the lentil patties. That has not always been the case with other recipes I’ve tried. Just ordered your book and I can’t wait to try out some others. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 28, 2018

      Thank you Lauren for your feedback, you have certainly made my day. I’m so happy that your family is enjoying my recipe. It really motivates me to share more recipes. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy the recipes in my book.

  12. Kristen Wood
    March 28, 2018

    Yum! These look amazing!! Pinning. :-)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 28, 2018

      Thank you Kristen, appreciate it.