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#5under5: Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This is part of our #5under5 recipe series, a collection of original plant-based recipes made by yours truly that cost less than $5 per serving and can be made with only five ingredients. No way, right?!

These wings are seriously amazing. Crunchy baked cauliflower "wings" coated in a sticky, spicy peanut sauce? Oh yeah! That's the kind of thing we want to eat all day, every day. Our secret ingredient is a few heaping tablespoons of orange marmalade, which gives the sauce a slightly sweet, slightly tangy hint of citrus. It's definitely a dish you'll want to share with everyone you know!

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#5under5: Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




The main ingredients in this recipe are cauliflower, peanut butter, orange marmalade, soy sauce, and ginger. Pantry items include water and red pepper flakes.

For the Sticky Peanut Butter Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter – $1.10
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce – $0.09
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade – $0.87
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated – $0.35
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Hot water, to thin

For the “Wings”:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower – $2.50

For the Optional Garnishes:

  • Whole salted peanuts
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions

Total Cost Per Serving (1 head of cauliflower): $4.91



To Make the Peanut Sauce:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all sauce ingredients except the hot water.
  2. Mix together until a chunky paste is formed. It will appear a little dry and crumbly at first – that’s okay. Drizzle in some hot water, about a tablespoon at a time, until a you get a nice smooth sauce. Be careful though, you don’t want to make the sauce too thin. If you end up adding too much water just stir in some more peanut butter until the sauce is thick again.
  3. Once the consistency is right, taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.

To Make the “Wings”:

  1. Cut the head of cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
  2. Turn the florets into the bowl with the peanut sauce and mix with your hands (wearing gloves is a good option!) until every piece of cauliflower is coated in sauce. If you have any roasted and salted whole peanuts hanging around, feel free to throw in a few handfuls at this point and mix them in with the cauliflower and sauce.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  4. Arrange the cauliflower pieces on a large baking tray so none overlap. This step is important to ensure that the cauliflower crisps up in the oven! Don’t discard any extra sauce, because you can use it to drizzle over the cauliflower once it comes out of the oven.
  5. After about 45 minutes to an hour, once the cauliflower pieces are tender on the inside and have a nice golden crust on the outside, remove them from the oven, drizzle with any extra sauce, and garnish with more peanuts, cilantro, green onion, and lime wedges, if you have them.
  6. Enjoy warm!

This week’s #5under5 recipe was inspired by blogger Laura Hemmington’s Sticky Peanut Cauliflower Wings. Thanks for the inspo, Laura!


You can serve the wings with steamed brown rice (or your favorite grain) for a hearty main dish.

The cost of the serving size above is based on the NYC Metro Area product pricing below:
Cauliflower: $2.50
Orange marmalade: $3.50
Peanut butter: $2.50
Soy sauce: $3.00
Ginger: $1.40







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67 comments on “#5under5: Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Jennifer Schrader Lookingbill
3 Years Ago

Alishia Lookingbill

Karina Funghina
3 Years Ago

Ilya. Meta ser naghmluhom? ^_^

Madi McKewin
3 Years Ago

Amelia Kousary Zoe Brechbuhler Shirley Lu

Lindy Miles Kennedy
3 Years Ago


Roger Demers
3 Years Ago

That looks good JoAnn

Sarah Jane Cryer
3 Years Ago

Jamie Hawke we need to make these!

Jamie Hawke
17 Oct 2015

Don't like colly :(

Sarah Jane Cryer
17 Oct 2015

Jamie what! Don't do this to me lol

Julie Sprankel Hatfield
3 Years Ago

This is a must try!!!

Roman H.
3 Years Ago

Tara Baliva Hapek

Tim Meyer
3 Years Ago

I just made these. The flavor is great but after a half hour in the oven they were really soft. I don't think I made the sauce too thin but that's the only thing I could think of. They definitely weren't "crunchy". Does anyone have any thoughts on what I may have done wrong?

Christy Perry
3 Years Ago

Karen Little and Lisa Little...these are delicious!!!


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