Bang Bang Cauliflower
Bang Bang Cauliflower
5 from 1 vote
This crispy, spicy cauliflower dish is bursting with bold flavors and a satisfying crunch. Packed with a flavorful blend of spices and a tangy sauce, this recipe is perfect for those looking to add some excitement to their next meal. Give this recipe a try for a mouthwatering experience.
Bang Bang Cauliflower

Have you ever tried Bang Bang Cauliflower? This delicious dish has been making waves in the culinary world for its unique twist on a classic vegetable. Originating in the United States, Bang Bang Cauliflower is a modern take on the traditional Bang Bang Shrimp recipe.

The cauliflower is coated in a crispy batter, fried to perfection, and then smothered in a spicy and creamy sauce. The texture and flavor combination is out of this world, making it a favorite among vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

While the recipe may seem complex at first glance, it is actually quite simple to make. With just a few basic ingredients and some patience, you can create a delectable dish that will impress even the pickiest of eaters.

So why not give Bang Bang Cauliflower a try for your next meal? It’s a flavorful and fun twist on a classic favorite that is sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire.


Cauliflower: Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes. In this recipe, cauliflower florets are coated in a crispy batter and then tossed in a spicy sauce to create a flavorful and satisfying dish.

Plain Flour: Plain flour is used to create the batter that coats the cauliflower florets. It helps to give the cauliflower a crispy and crunchy texture once fried.

Baking Powder: Baking powder is a leavening agent that helps the batter to rise and become light and airy when fried. It also helps to create a crispy coating on the cauliflower.

Salt: Salt is used to season the batter and the finished dish, bringing out the flavors of the other ingredients and adding a savory element to the dish.

Ground Black Pepper: Ground black pepper adds a bit of heat and a subtle spiciness to the dish. It complements the other flavors and helps to balance out the sweetness of the sauce.

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used for frying the cauliflower florets. It has a high smoke point, making it ideal for deep-frying and helps to give the cauliflower a crispy and golden exterior.

Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise is a creamy and tangy condiment that is used as a base for the spicy sauce in this recipe. It adds richness and flavor to the dish.

Sweet Chilli Sauce: Sweet chili sauce is a combination of sweet and spicy flavors that adds a tangy and sweet element to the sauce. It provides a nice contrast to the crispy cauliflower.

Sriracha Sauce: Sriracha sauce is a hot chili sauce that adds a kick of heat and bold flavor to the dish. It helps to create a spicy and flavorful sauce for the cauliflower.

Honey: Honey is used to sweeten the sauce and balance out the heat from the sriracha sauce. It adds a touch of sweetness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.

Lime: Lime is used to add a bright and tangy citrus flavor to the sauce. It helps to cut through the richness of the mayonnaise and adds a refreshing element to the dish.

Fresh Coriander (Cilantro): Fresh coriander, also known as cilantro, is a fragrant herb that adds a bright and fresh flavor to the dish. It is used as a garnish to add a pop of color and flavor.

Spring Onions: Spring onions are mild and slightly sweet onions that are used as a garnish in this dish. They add a subtle onion flavor and a bit of crunch to the finished dish.

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are used as a garnish to add a nutty and crunchy texture to the dish. They also add a subtle toasty flavor that complements the other ingredients in the recipe.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

If you’re looking for some serving suggestions and variations for your Bang Bang Cauliflower recipe, look no further!

For a simple serving option, you can serve the crispy cauliflower bites drizzled with the spicy and creamy Bang Bang sauce on a platter with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the top. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander (cilantro), sliced spring onions, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for added flavor and texture.

If you want to make a meal out of it, consider serving the Bang Bang Cauliflower over a bed of cooked rice or quinoa. You can also mix in some sautéed vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and snap peas for added color and crunch.

For a fun twist, try turning the Bang Bang Cauliflower into a taco filling. Simply scoop the crispy cauliflower into warm tortillas and top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado slices, and a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. Drizzle with extra Bang Bang sauce for an extra kick.

If you want to change up the flavors, you can experiment with different sauces for dipping. Instead of the traditional Bang Bang sauce, consider serving the cauliflower with a tangy BBQ sauce, a spicy chipotle mayo, or a cool and refreshing tzatziki.

For a lighter option, you can serve the Bang Bang Cauliflower as a salad. Toss the crispy cauliflower with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and a light vinaigrette dressing. Top with a drizzle of the Bang Bang sauce for a burst of flavor.

No matter how you choose to serve your Bang Bang Cauliflower, the combination of crispy, spicy, and creamy flavors is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. Enjoy experimenting with different variations and finding your favorite way to enjoy this delicious dish!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bang Bang Cauliflower?

Bang Bang Cauliflower is a vegetarian dish made by coating cauliflower florets in a flavorful batter, frying them until crispy, and then tossing them in a spicy and creamy sauce.

Is Bang Bang Cauliflower spicy?

Yes, Bang Bang Cauliflower is typically made with a spicy sauce that includes ingredients like sriracha and chili paste. However, you can adjust the level of heat to suit your preferences.

Can I make Bang Bang Cauliflower gluten-free?

Yes, you can easily make Bang Bang Cauliflower gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour or cornstarch in the batter and ensuring that your sauce is also gluten-free.

How do I serve Bang Bang Cauliflower?

Bang Bang Cauliflower is often served as an appetizer or snack, but can also be served as a main dish with rice or noodles. It pairs well with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad.

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Bang Bang Cauliflower

Bang Bang Cauliflower

by Nabeela Kauser
This crispy, spicy cauliflower dish is bursting with bold flavors and a satisfying crunch. Packed with a flavorful blend of spices and a tangy sauce, this recipe is perfect for those looking to add some excitement to their next meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 289 kcal


  • 1 Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 100 ml Water
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

Bang Bang Sauce:

  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 Lime juiced


  • Coriander Cilantro, chopped
  • Spring Onions sliced
  • Sesame Seeds for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan).
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the plain flour, water, baking powder, salt, and ground black pepper until you have a smooth batter.
  • Toss the cauliflower florets in the batter, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Place the coated cauliflower on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with vegetable oil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cauliflower is golden and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by mixing together the mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce, sriracha sauce, honey, and lime juice in a bowl.
  • Once the cauliflower is cooked, remove it from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.
  • Drizzle the bang bang sauce over the cauliflower.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), sliced spring onions, and sesame seeds.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


This Simple Bang Bang Cauliflower makes a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish. The crispy cauliflower coated in tangy, spicy sauce is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 704mgPotassium: 479mgFibre: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 74mgVitamin D: 0.03µgCalcium: 101mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Appetiser, Bang Bang Cauliflower, Bang Bang Sauce, Cauliflower, Comfort Food, Cooking, Recipe, Starters, Vegetarian
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