Oven Fried Cauliflower Bites

I've been thinking of making this recipe for a long time and it was well worth the wait. I really wanted something that reminded me of popcorn shrimp. Long ago it was one of my favorite things to eat and I couldn't wait to recreate a vegan plant based version. This recipe is super simple and delicious. It also features a tasty cashew dill dipping sauce. It's absolutely perfect for serving at parties or even on a movie night.

The Ingredients

1 small cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces

3 tbs of oil

Wet batter ingredients:

1 cup of flour of your choice

1 cup of water

4 tbsp of sriracha sauce

2 tsp of garlic powder

1 tsp of onion powder

2 tsp of old bay seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

Dry Batter:

2 cups of panko bread crumbs *Be sure to read the label to make sure they don't contain any dairy.

2 tsp of old bay seasoning

Dipping sauce:

1 cup of cashews soaked, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup of water

The juice of 1 lemon

2 tsp of nutritional yeast

1 tsp of onion powder

1 tsp of garlic powder

3 tbs of dill chopped

salt to taste


First preheat the oven to 375*

First make the dipping sauce by combining all the ingredients into a blender except the dill. Blend until smooth, then stir in the dill and add salt and pepper to taste. Next combine all of the wet batter ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Set the batter aside. Now add all the dry batter ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and drizzle with about 3 tbs of oil.

Now place the cauliflower into the wet batter, making sure that each piece is thouroughly coated. Then place them into the panko bread mixture and make sure they are thouroughly coated. Place each piece onto the cookie sheet and place in the oven and cook for about 7-8 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown on each side.

Add salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with fresh lemon juice.


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