sweet chili gluten free vegan cauliflower

Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Chili Cauliflower

This delightfully crispy, flavorful, restaurant-style sweet chili cauliflower is truly TO DIE FOR! It is a vegan spin on coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce and you’re going to love it. It’s just as delicious as your favorite restaurant app, way healthier (baked not fried and lower in sodium), less expensive, and ready in 35 minutes! Plus it’s gluten free AND vegan!

crispy sweet chili cauliflower

What Makes This Sweet Chili Cauliflower Healthier Than Restaurant Options?

Since this recipe is baked, not fried, it is totally oil free and much lower in fat. The sauce is also much lower in sodium, and the florets are very lightly breaded with an organic, gluten-free rice flour and water mixture, so this dish is also lower in calories and carbs. Because this recipe is veggie based, it is also higher in nutrients!

sweet chili gluten free vegan cauliflower

What Type of Flour Should I Use?

I have tested this recipe with alllllll the flours – almond flour, chickpea flour, oat flour, you name it! Through my testing, I have found two types of flour that work best to make the most delicious tender on the inside, crispy on the outside sweet chili cauliflower. Brown rice flour and gluten free all purpose flour (or regular all purpose if you’re not gluten free). These two varieties of flour achieve the crispiest exterior which definitely adds to the deliciousness.

crispy vegan cauliflower

Can You Make This Vegan Sweet Chili Cauliflower Ahead of Time?

I definitely recommend making this recipe right before serving, but leftovers can certainly be reheated in an oven or air fryer. Speaking of air fryers – I have heard GREAT feedback from those of you who have tried this recipe in an air fryer, so if that’s your thing, definitely give it a go! If you are looking to save time and meal prep this recipe, you can do that by cutting up your cauliflower into florets and refrigerating in an airtight container, whisking together the ingredients for your sauce, and preparing your batter. The batter does tend to thicken over time, so you will want to add a little more water if needed to thin. The consistency should be just slightly thinner than pancake batter when coating the florets.

Tips to Make This Cauliflower Extra Crispy:

  • Make sure your batter is not too thick. I have the best results when my batter is slightly thinner than pancake batter.
  • Don’t overcoat your florets. After tossing with the batter, remove each floret one by one using a fork and letting excess batter drip off.
  • Add a sprinkle of the optional gluten free breadcrumbs. These add a nice crunch.
  • If you’re not eating oil-free, spray with a very light coat of olive oil half way through the bake time.
  • Let your florets cool after baking for at least 3-5 minutes before tossing with the sauce. This prevents them from steaming and getting mushy.

Can I Substitute the Chili Garlic Sauce for Other Sauce Flavors?

Absolutely! This recipe is DELIGHTFUL with a buffalo sauce, teriyaki sauce, peanut sauce, BBQ sauce, or my personal favorites Better Than Takeout Orange Cauliflower and  Crispy Sesame Cauliflower.

What is Hearts of Palm Rice?

This sweet chili cauliflower can be served with white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, you name it! But my favorite option is a rice made from hearts of palm from Palmini! This is a wonderful low-carb, low-calorie alternative that tastes and feels very similar to regular rice! The taste is also much more mild than cauliflower rice. You can order from their website or amazon.

sweet chili gluten free vegan cauliflower

Crispy Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Chili Cauliflower

A healthier, gluten free, vegan spin on restaurant-style sweet chili coconut shrimp. Oven baked for a perfectly crisp texture.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower wings, crispy cauliflower, sweet chili cauliflower
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into medium sized florets, stems removed

Cauliflower Batter

  • 1 C brown rice flour or gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 C water or plant milk, make sure plant milk is unsweetened and unflavored
  • 1 TBSP coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/4 C finely shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 C gluten free breadcrumbs optional

Sweet Chili Glaze

  • 1/2 C sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 C chili garlic sauce

To Serve

  • broccoli, steamed
  • red bell pepper, steamed
  • black sesame seeds
  • cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 servings hearts of palm rice, cooked accordingly

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix together all ingredients for batter, except breadcrumbs, in a bowl. Batter should be slightly thinner than pancake batter. Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss to coat.
  • One by one, remove cauliflower from batter with a fork, letting excess drip off, and transfer to oiled parchment lined baking sheets, being sure not to overcrowd. Sprinkle generously with breadcrumbs if using. Spray with a very light coat of olive oil. (optional for extra crispiness!)
  • Bake for 25 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Whisk together sweet chili sauce and chili garlic sauce in a small saucepan. Warm over low heat. Season to taste.
  • Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool for 3-5 min (this step is very important as it prevents the cauliflower from getting soggy!)
  • Transfer cauliflower to a bowl and toss gently with sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro.
  • Serve hot with rice, broccoli, and peppers. Can also be served as a poppable, bite-sized appetizer.
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Better Than Takeout Sesame Cauliflower

Today’s easy to accomplish goal: Making sure Meatless Monday is NOT boring!! 🙌🏼 Every day is Meatless Monday around our house, and whether you’re a fellow vegan, trying to reduce the amount of animal products you consume, or just looking for an AMAZING recipe – you’re going to love this bowl!

This delightfully crispy, flavorful, takeout-style sesame cauliflower is truly TO DIE FOR! What makes it better than takeout?! Well, it’s just as delicious, way healthier (baked not fried, refined sugar free, and lower in sodium), less expensive, and ready in 35 minutes! Plus it’s gluten free AND vegan!

Your friends and family (and your taste buds!) will have no idea this recipe is a healthier, gluten-fee spin on your fav takeout dish because it’s just that GOOD! They will be begging for more.

Better Than Takeout Sesame Cauliflower

A healthy, gluten free, vegan spin on a classic takeout favorite – sesame chicken! This oven-baked recipe uses a lightly breaded, tender cauliflower instead of chicken for a crispy on the outside soft on the inside texture, and is coated in a flavorful sweet and savory sesame sauce!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: better than takeout, cauliflower wings, crispy cauliflower, sesame cauliflower, sesame cauliflower bowl, vegan cauliflower
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet
  • Sauce Pan
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into medium-sized florets, stems removed

Batter

  • 3/4 C water or plain plant-milk make sure your plant milk is unsweetened and unflavored
  • 1 C brown rice flour gluten free all purpose works well too
  • 1 TBSP liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 C GF breadcrumbs

Sesame Sauce

  • 1/4 C liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1/4 C sweetener of choice coconut sugar, maple syrup, swerve, agave, etc.
  • 3 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1 TBSP fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 TBSP chili garlic sauce
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili flakes optional
  • 1/8 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp tapioca flour, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch combined with 2 TBSP water

To Serve

  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 C jasmine rice cooked according to package
  • 2 bunches broccolini steamed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with olive oil to coat.
  • Mix together all ingredients for batter, except breadcrumbs, in a bowl. Batter should be slightly thinner than pancake batter. Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss to coat.
  • One by one, remove cauliflower from batter with a fork, letting excess drip off, and transfer to oiled parchment lined baking sheets, being sure not to overcrowd. Sprinkle generously with breadcrumbs. Spray with a very light coat of olive oil. (optional for extra crispiness!)
  • Bake for 25 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Prepare sesame sauce by adding all ingredients except tapioca flour to a small saucepan. Bring to a steady simmer and let thicken. Mix tapioca flour with water and stir into sauce little by little until desired texture is achieved.
  • Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool for 3-5 min (this step is very important as it prevents the cauliflower from getting soggy!)
  • Transfer cauliflower to a bowl and toss gently with sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and broccolini.

Notes

*This recipe is best eaten right away but can be reheated in the oven (for best results) or the microwave.
* The sauce and batter can be prepped ahead of time.
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