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Baked Bang Bang Cauliflower

This bang bang cauliflower recipe features crispy baked cauliflower bites with the most delicious sweet chili mayo. 'Tis bangin good!! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time34 mins
Total Time44 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked bang bang cauliflower, bang bang cauliflower recipe, best bang bang cauliflower, healthy bang bang cauliflower
Author: Maria Doss


Baked cauliflower

  • 11/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablepsoons vegetable oil
  • ½ medium cauliflower, cut into 1 to 11/2 inch florets

Marinade ingredients

Bang bang sauce


Toast panko

  • Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add panko and vegetable oil. Cook until evenly golden and toasted (stirring constantly). Transfer toasted panko into a bowl and let cool completely. 

Baked cauliflower

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 
  • Stir all marinade ingredients in a medium bowl, until smooth and lump free. Add cauliflower pieces and toss around until every floret is well coated. 
  • Remove a floret (draining any excess marinade) into the breadcrumbs, coat all sides well with the breadcrumbs and then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with all florets and place in a single layer.
  • Bake cauliflower for about 30 minutes, until crisp. Serve hot.

Bang bang sauce

  • Stir all bang bang sauce ingredients together (sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a day)
  • Drizzle sauce over cauliflower florets and serve immediately or serve as dipping on the side.
    These are delicious made into Bang Bang Cauliflower Tacos


Sweet chili sauce can be found in the Asian section of all major grocery stores <--- one yummy sauce. Adds so much flavor without having to add tons on ingredients. 

Due to the high water content in cooked cauliflower, these nuggets won't be crispy when cold. Delicious nonetheless.