BBQ Cauliflower 'Wings'

A delicious and healthy alternative to your favorite Superbowl snack!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into 2- to 3-inch florets, stems reserved for another use
  • 1/2 barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Carrot and celery sticks, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450F
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Whisk in 1 cup water until completely incorporated and you have a thin batter.
  3. Add the cauliflower florets and toss to coat completely with the batter. Use tongs or a fork to remove the florets from the bowl, allowing excess batter to drip off. Place in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the batter begins to set, about 10 minutes. Use tongs or a spatula to flip the florets and bake the other side until the batter looks completely dry, about 10 minutes longer.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the barbecue sauce and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted.
  6. When the cauliflower is done, use the pastry brush to completely coat the florets with the sauce. Bake again until the florets are crispy and the sauce is completely absorbed, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with carrot and celery sticks on the side, along with your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipes adapted from