Growing up in Atlanta Lemon Pepper Buffalo wings were always a crowd favorite at parties and game nights. I was super excited to veganize this classic dish that so many people love. This is one of my most requested recipes among my family and friends. It's super simple and easy to make and I'm sure you and your family will love it!
This one of my new favorite recipes. It's one off those recipes you can depend on time and time again. It features a wet and dry batter to get the cauliflower nice and crispy. It's basically the same recipe as my Sriracha Fried Cauliflower Bites & Sriracha Cauliflower Tacos. It just has the addition of lemon pepper.
Here are a few tips for making this dish
Make the sauce first - Whenever you add hot sauce to fried foods it will make them soggy. So make sure you make the sauce first to give it some time to cool down before adding it to your fried cauliflower.
Use the right oil - You want to make sure you use an oil that has a high smoke point.. This will prevent your oil from burning. I like to use Avocado oil, Grapeseed oil or Vegetable oil.
Don't overcrowd the pan - As tempting as it is to make as much as you can at one time you must resist the urge to add too many pieces to the oil at once. Try to make sure there is at least 2 inches between each piece of food. This will keep the oil temperature from dropping and keep the food nice and crispy.
Cook Time 25 Minutes:
Makes enough for 3-5 people
1 medium cauliflower broken into about 1-1/2-2 inches size pieces.
oil for cooking - I use avocado oil
1/2 cup of vegan butter
1/4 cup of sriracha sauce
Your favorite Lemon Pepper Seasoning
The Wet Batter
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1 tbs of sriracha sauce
1 cup of water
The Dry Batter
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 tbs of garlic powder
1tbs of onion powder
1 tsp of salt
First make the sriracha sauce by melting the vegan butter in a sauce pot over low heat. Once the butter is melted use a whisk to mix in the 1/4 cup of sriracha sauce. Remove it from the heat and set it aside. You want to give the sauce time to cool down a bit so that it doesn't make your cauliflower soggy.
In a shallow bowl combine all of the dry batter ingredients. Mix well and set aside.
In an additional bowl combine all of the wet batter ingredients.
Now take the cauliflower bites and place each one into the wet batter making sure its thoroughly coated and immediately place it into the dry batter making sure it is completely coated.
Place the coated cauliflower onto a dish until ready to use.
Place a large skillet over medium heat and carefully add in enough oil to fill the pan about 1/2 an inch deep.
Once the oil is hot carefully add in the cauliflower making sure NOT TO OVERCROWD THE PAN! You will need to cook them in batches.
Cook the cauliflower for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Drain the cauliflower on a paper towel and add a pinch of salt to taste if necessary.
Now use a whisk to stir the sriracha sauce and use it to coat your cauliflower bites.
After you cover them with sriracha you can sprinkle on your desired amount of lemon pepper seasoning.
I've always hated blue cheese so I was completely against trying to veganize it so I just mixed 1/4 cup of Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese Alternative with 2 tbs of vegan mayo and used that as a dipping sauce. It was delicious!
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