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Close up oblique view of a batch of vegan cauliflower hot wings flavored with lime and agave syrup. They "wings" are sitting on a baking pan and a glass jar full of ranch dressing accompanies them.

Vegan Cauliflower Hot Wings with Lime

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 appetizer servings 1x


An easy recipe for the best BBQ appetizer out there! Cauliflower is covered in a gluten-free batter and baked until crisp, then sauced with the spiciest cayenne sauce you can imagine! These are impossible to resist.


  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 13 tsp cayenne pepper*
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice*
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp agave syrup (or honey)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the flax seed, water, and hot sauce in a large bowl to make a spicy flax egg, and set aside to thicken.
  2. Cut and break your cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add the almond meal and brown rice flour to the flax mixture, and stir until no lumps remain. Add the cauliflower to the bowl and toss with a rubber spatula until the every piece is completely covered in the batter.
  4. Spread the cauliflower onto your baking sheet and space the pieces as far apart from each other as possible. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
  5. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer the cauliflower to the bowl and toss to coat in the cayenne mixture. This requires quite a bit of tossing!
  6. Return the cauliflower to the pan and bake for another 7-10 minutes, until a bit crunchy. Serve immediately* with ranch dressing.


If you’re not so hot on the spicy, reduce the cayenne to 1 tsp, or even 1/2 tsp. If you like it hot (or are curious to see how hot it can get!) then use the full 3 tsp.

If you need to make these ahead, just cook, cool, and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, just reheat them in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes, or until heated through.

If you don’t need to make this recipe without gluten, you can use 1/2 cup all-purpose flour instead of the almond meal and brown rice flour.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: vegan, hot wings, buffalo wings, lime, spicy, cauliflower