Bang Bang Skinny Cauliflower Bites make an extremely trendy appetizer. Bang-bang sauce is a delectable combination of creamy, spicy and sweet chili sauce that is very easy to make at home. Sautéed tender cauliflower bites are crisp coated and drizzled with this creamy, spicy yummy sauce! A perfect appetizer to please the family or crowd alike.
Since last few years, we have become a cauliflower loving family. We love to create all kinds of cuisines with cauliflower may it be pizza, rice or these yummy bites. In this recipe, crispy sautéed cauliflower bites are drizzled with an addictive and easy sauce to make a delicious appetizer or snack. I must admit I’ve been obsessed with this terrific sauce. As long as I can remember, we used to combine mayo with sriracha sauce for sandwich spread and dip for fries. It works superbly with all sautéed and grilled veggies too. Bang Bang Skinny Cauliflower thus make a routine appearance on our menu planning.
To make things vegan, we hunted down best vegan mayo and this dish became a regular on our rotation. And even kids love popping them up so much, it disappears from the table before you know it. We often make them at home when we have company for game watching during football season. It’s such a crowd pleaser and the recipe gets asked more than often.
In most restaurants where they serve Bang Bang Cauliflower, it is fried. To change the fried and greasy recipe into skinny and healthy recipe, you have to think creatively. Savory ,crispy things are super delicious but we can’t keep eating fried , greasy food on the regular basis. So you use simple hacks to make dishes relatively crispy without much oil.
How to make these delicious Bang Bang Skinny Cauliflower bites healthy but crispy without frying?
In this recipe, I pan fry cauliflower bites till they are tender and bit charred. Then we coat them with crispy panko bread crumbs ( I am using Glutenfree version) . You then generously drizzle the sauce over it. Panko style of breadcrumbs are crispier and lighter than regular bread crumbs. Their delicate and crisp texture gives a good crunch to any food just like you get when you fry it. Also in this recipe, the taste of the sauce takes the center stage.
Only few ingredients are required to make this super delicious sauce! Mayo (I use vegan kind), minced ginger and garlic and an organic spicy chili sauce. The creamy sauce with exotic and spicy tinge. It surely creates this amazing flavor profile that you will want to eat more and more.
Let’s make these Bank Bang Skinny Cauliflower Bites together-
1 medium cauliflower, rinsed and trimmed into small bite size pieces
1/2 cup Gluten Free Panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon cooking oil
For the sauce:
½ cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Chili Garlic sauce such as Sriracha sauce – adjust per taste
1/2 teaspoon raw sugar
1/2 inch ginger minced
2 small garlic cloves, minced, optional
Juice of half of a lemon
Salt and pepper per taste
Chives or cilantro for garnish
Heat the oil on medium heat. Add the cut cauliflower. Sprinkle some salt. Sauté well. Cover the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Make sure that cauliflower pieces are evenly spread on the pan.
Remove the cover of the pan. Raise the heat to high and toss the cauliflower a few times so it chars some about 2-3 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs. Mix well and turn the heat off. Remove the bites on the plate.
While cauliflower is cooking, make the bang-bang sauce. Add all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until it forms a smooth paste without mayo lumps.
Drizzle it over finished cauliflower, reserving additional for dipping. Garnish with fresh chives or cilantro if desired. Serve and enjoy.
- 1 medium Cauliflower, rinsed and trimmed into small bite size pieces
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs * see the note, gluten free panko
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
For the sauce:
- ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Chili Garlic sauce such as Sriracha sauce , adjust per taste
- 1/2 teaspoon raw sugar
- 1-2 small garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 inch ginger minced, optional
- Juice of half of a lemon
- Salt and pepper per taste
- Chives or cilantro for garnish
- Heat the oil on medium heat. Add cut cauliflower. Sprinkle some salt. Sauté well. Cover the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Remove the cover of the pan. Raise the heat to high and toss the cauliflower a few times so it chars some about 2-3 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs. Mix well and turn the heat off.
- While cauliflower is cooking, make the bang bang sauce. Add all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until it forms a smooth paste without mayo lumps.
- Drizzle over finished cauliflower, reserving additional for dipping. Garnish with fresh chives or cilantro. Serve and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g
Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.
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