Bang Bang Cauliflower

Bang Bang Cauliflower

a close-up photo of crispy bang bang cauliflower on a white plate

Crispy baked cauliflower bites are drizzled with an addictive and easy bang bang sauce.

I’ve recently become obsessed with bang bang sauce, a creamy sweet and spicy chili sauce that is easy to make. It tastes great for dipping chicken, seafood, vegetables, just about anything really. So I decided to apply it to cauliflower.

I’ve got a couple healthier recipe ideas to share and then we’re moving onto sweets, baked goods, chocolate and more chocolate.


Bang bang sauce is a creamy sweet and spicy chili sauce that is easy to make. I use it in a lot of recipes for dipping chicken, seafood, vegetables, just about anything really. In this recipe, I drizzle it over some crispy baked cauliflower for an easy main dish or appetizer.

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 head of cauliflower cut into bite sized florets
  •  2  cups panko bread crumbs Kikkoman brand preferred for even baking
  •  2 large eggs whisked
  •  1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped (optional, for garnish)
  • For the Bang Bang Sauce
  •  2 tbsp sweet chili sauce I bought mine from an Asian grocery store. Make sure to buy the kind that is just sauce without chili seeds
  •  2 tsp hot sauce I used sriracha
  •  1/4 cup light/low fat mayonnaise
  •  1 tbsp honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Dip cauliflower pieces in egg and then roll in panko until fully coated and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You will need to use your fingers to press on the coating to help it to stick to the cauliflower bites. Repeat until all cauliflower is coated.
  2. Bake for about 20 minutes or until coating is a dark golden brown and crunchy. 
  3. While cauliflower is cooking, make the bang bang sauce. Add all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until uniform and no mayonnaise lumps remain. Drizzle over finished cauliflower, reserving additional for dipping. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Bang Bang Cauliflower
  • Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
  • Calories 446 Calories from Fat 106
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 11.8g 18%
  • Saturated Fat 2.7g 14%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 4.8g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 127.2mg 42%
  • Sodium 910.5mg 38%
  • Total Carbohydrates 65.3g 22%
  • Dietary Fiber 5.3g 21%
  • Sugars 16.7g
  • Protein 15.9g 32%
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 86%
  • Calcium 18%
  • Iron 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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