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Vegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower Wings

Vegan Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites. These Nashville Style Hot Cauliflower wings are flavorful, hot and Delicious! Serve with vegan ranch or other dips. Add to wraps or bowls. Vegan Nutfree Soyfree Recipe. Glutenfree option
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: hot cauliflower wings, nashville cauliflower bites, nashville style hot cauliflower, vegan nashville hot chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Vegan Richa


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower chopped into florets


  • 1/3 cup non dairy milk such as almond or soy milk
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup flour (all purpose, or use rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 3 tbsp starch (I use cornstarch, arrowroot or potato starch works too)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp oil

Nashville style hot chicken sauce:

  • 1 tbsp oil or melted vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne , use 1/4 tsp for less heat
  • 1 tsp black pepper , use 1//2 tsp for less heat
  • 1 tsp sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika , use more if omitting cayenne
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning ( or use sage + onion powder)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Chop the cauliflower and set aside. Line a baking dish with parchment. Preheat the oven to 425 deg F ( 220 C).
  • Make the batter by whisking all the ingredients under batter. The batter will start to thicken after half a minute, so work quickly.
  • Add cauliflower florets and toss well to coat. It will take a minute for the thick batter to coat the florets well. Some uncoated cauliflower edges are ok. Drop on parchment lined baking dish. Spray oil on top. (You can also sprinkle 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs on the florets in the dish for extra crispyness).
  • Bake at 425 deg F for 25 mins (35 mins if serving the bites with hot sauce on the side) . In the meantime, make the nashville hot sauce mixture in large bowl. You can double this sauce easily for larger cauliflower. 
  • Remove the dish from the oven and cool for 5 mins. Add the baked cauliflower to the sauce bowl and gently toss to coat.
  • Drop back into the baking dish and bake for 15 mins or longer at 400 deg F.  Serve with cooling dips such as vegan ranch and some pickles.


Reduce the heat of the sauce by reducing the cayenne, black pepper and hot sauce. Add more sweet paprika instead, add more tang(vinegar), some more oil or aquafaba for volume.
Omit Oil: Reduce or omit oil in the sauce by using aquafaba instead. Omit the oil from the batter. If possible, use a light spray for crispyness. 
Nutrition is for 1 of 4 serves, does not include dips.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1.2mg