Crispy sesame cauliflower ‘chicken’ bites are crispy, sticky, spicy, sweet and make the perfect appetizer or snack!
This is my 3rd cauliflower bites recipe and it just keeps getting better you guys. These cauliflower sesame “chicken” bites taste so much better than chicken and are crispy & sticky on the outside, and tender on the inside. Plus, they are pretty easy to whip up and make an extremely tasty snack.
So as usual, I made these delicious bites and offered some to my daughter as sesame chicken bites. She noticed they are cauliflower rather than chicken but said they tasted so good, she didn’t even care it was cauliflower. Yes you guys, I swear they’re that good. An explosion of Asian flavors as soon as you bite into one.
They can be fried or baked and they taste AMAZINGLY delicious both ways but I honestly prefer the fried version because frying them makes them extra crispy and as a result they become nice and sticky when you add them to the sauce. With that begin said, if you’re on a diet or watching your health, then the fried version is probably not worth it. I’ve shared the baked and fried versions below. Enjoy <3
- For the Cauliflower:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite-size florets
- 1 cup oil for frying omit if baking
- sesame seeds for garnish
- For the sauce:
- 1 teaspoon sesame or vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced (optional)
- 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- In a large shallow bowl combine the flour, cornstarch and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs. Dip cauliflower florets in the egg mixture then into the flour mixture.
- To bake cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.Transfer breaded cauliflower to baking sheet. Spray with coking spray or drizzle with oil. Bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
- To fry cauliflower: Heat 1 cup oil in a medium pan on medium high heat. Place cauliflower in oil once it's heated and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden.
- To make sauce: while the cauliflower is cooking, prepare the sauce. Pour oil to a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thick.
- Once the cauliflower has browned, remove it from the oven or oil and place it in a large bowl. Pour sauce over cauliflower and toss until fully coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately. with rice, noodles, veggies or alone..
Nutritional Facts for Baked version:Nutritional Facts for fried version:
Crispy fried cauliflower was delicious! Will definitely make again…served it with veggie packed fried rice
I made it with cauliflower it’s good.
Can you give me any details on a dipping sauce , thanks for the recipe, love the fried Cauliflower.
I’m happy you enjoyed the cauliflower. Which dipping sauce are you referring to?
Blue Cheese dressing
how much is a serving?
A serving is 1/4th of the dish!
I really liked this recipe on paper and was looking forward to making it, but it turned out ridiculously salty. I didn’t add any extra salt, so it must have been the soy sauce? Might try it again sometime, but with maybe just a tablespoon or so of the soy sauce.
The bake PArt of this recipe is so off. That is too much flour and too Much baking Soda. It just stuck in the crevices and tastes so much like FLOUr. I recommend just roasting the cauliflower. Much much better. 2 STArs because the sauce was fine, just NEEDed a little more sweetness to balance out the vinegar and Soy sauce.
Terrible recipe. Not clear on how much floUr to coat – COMPLETELY pur too much. Baked for 1 hour …. dressing 2 Tbsp corn starch – wAy too much For the smount of liquid – instantly clumped up ! What a waste of good ingredients .
Jordan Miller says
Too many steps for a rather small amount of food. A bit on the salty side and cauliflower rather mushy.
Sauce on own might be fine, but recipe as whole is not one I’d make again
SO so good! didn’t expect it to taste like korean fried chicken but it did. a staple recipe for me now
Thanks for the great review, Jessica! I love Korean fried chicken and I’m glad it reminds you of it <3
Mickey Geller says
What is the serving size you give nutritional info for!
I love this recipe, I use the baked version and it s still so yuuuumyyy!!
Fantastic recipe…have made the baked version three times to rave reviews. Thank you!
Yes and yes ! Great for week dinner ! I’m so into cauliflower ! Thank you !!!