Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower “Wings” (Baked or Fried)

Baked honey sriracha cauliflower “wings” are sticky, sweet, spicy and surprisingly healthy. 
Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower "wings" (Baked or Fried)Cauliflower is my new best friend. Last year I shared my favorite cauliflower buffalo wings and was thrilled to see everyone make them and share them with me on Instagram, so today I’m sharing another one of my favorites.

These honey sriracha wings are unbelievably tasty, it’s hard to believe you’re eating cauliflower. They are sticky, spicy and sweet and make a delicious crowd pleasing appetizer without the added guilt or calories.

They are a great chicken alternative for vegans or vegetarians and can be made gluten-free.
Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower "wings" (Baked or Fried)

They can be baked of fried (recipe below for both) but I like to bake mine. Frying them will give you a crisper texture but baking them is just as good.
Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower "wings" (Baked or Fried)

Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower "wings" (Baked or Fried)

4.54 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Layla


  • 1 head of cauliflower approx. 4 cups of florets
  • 1 cup milk for vegan: use water or almond, soy milk or water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour can sub gluten-free rice flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp of paprika or chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • For the sauce:
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup sriracha
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds optional


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place a piece of parchment paper on two baking sheets, set aside. (for frying: heat a large deep pan filled with oil to medium/high heat)

  • Wash and cut cauliflower head into bite sized pieces/florets. Place panko breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl.

  • Mix the milk/water/flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl. Dip the cauliflower in the batter, shake off excess batter, then dip into the panko breadcrumbs. You can do this one by one or in batches.

  • To bake: Lay the cauliflower single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with oil olive and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is crispy and golden.

  • To fry: Deep fry breaded cauliflower for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

  • In a large bowl, whisk the honey, sriracha, and ketchup. Remove wings from oven/oil and toss in the honey sriracah sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Serve with blue cheese or ranch sauce.

Nutritional info for baked version:


Sticky Honey Sriracha Cauliflower "wings" (Baked or Fried)


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Sheryl Phillips



The honey sriracha sauce is amazing. I used the oven method and the cauliflower “wings” weren’t as crispy as I would’ve like but the honey sriracha sauce more than makes up for it.


These were so delicious! Left out the salt. Used the baking method. Just fabulous!!!


These are fuckIng amazing.


This is a staple in my house, we love it, but we make tacos with the cauliflower. A little CABBAGE on top makes it great!

Jojo Hewlett

HONEY IS NOT VEGAN. pLEASE ADD A VEGAN SUB FOR THE HONEY. i ASSUME MAPLE SYRUP and/OR aGAVE WOULD WORK just as well?? (ps… I am not attempting to “yell” at you in all caps. for some reason, i cannot use lower letters here, even though my caps lock is off.)

    Jojo Hewlett

    wth??? After I posted my comment (which was in all caps as i was typing it), it showed up with a mixture of incorrect capital and lower-case letters. How can I edit my comment?


I made these yesterday. The oven variety were a disaster – they never browned. However, the fried ones were awesome!
I subbed Panko with cracker crumbs (I forgot to get breadcrumbs) and most importantly, I did reduced the ketchup to a teeny tiny quantity just for the tomatoeyness


What happened to Step 4. ?


    There is no step 4. Number 5 is technically step 4 but the system skipped 4 for some reason.

laura ismail

I have made these before, making tonight. I add more siracha I love spicy! I also take tongs after cauliflower is cooked and drench in sauce then put back in oven broil for just a little bit. Also I add chopped green onions on top! This is the best, love this recipe. Have been vegan only 5 mos. This recipe totally gives you the asian chicken hot sticky wings feel!


    Yum, thanks for all the tips Laura!!

Sebastion S.

So the 1/4 salt can substitute for paprika, correct? It says “1 tsp of paprika or” and the under that it says “1/4 tsp of salt”


Do you have a replacement for the Panko? Breadcrumbs are not gluten free :/


    gluten-free oats are a great substitute if you send them through a food processor first.



Can someone tell me what sriracha is ? I don’t find the translation in french. Thanx


    Sriracha is a type of hot sauce. It’s originally South East Asian, although the most famous brand of sriracha today, Huy Fong, is American.

    I would be surprised if you couldn’t get it in France since it’s pretty popular internationally. Just look for a transparent plastic bottle with a red sauce inside it and a green cap. You might have to go to an Asian market.


      you definitely can find this anywhere in france, with soy sauce and asian stuff, just in any supermarket, even the small ones 🙂

      so in fact you serve this with both sauces ?? the sriracha sauce on top then you dunk it in the ranch sauce ? Looks amazingly good but I can’t help finding this… weird ? ahah !

        Chelsea Lynn Duncan

        The ranch is to dip them in because you will find these are spicy and the ranch neutralizes it. Just like chicken “wings”, they are mainly served with ranch. ???? Happy baking!

Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

Goodness, these look good!!!