These spicy, crunchy cauliflower nuggets are perfect for any event. Fresh cauliflower is cooked until it's "al dente," rolled in a mixture of bread crumbs and peanut flour, then fried and baked into crispy, crunchy, and golden. The cauliflower is seasoned with smoked paprika and jalapeño, so as you bite into it, you get a satisfying crunch followed by delicious smoky, hot flavors. Serve with the spicy jalapeño sauce for pure food bliss.

Spicy Crunchy Cauliflower Nuggets [Vegan]





For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 a jalapeño pepper
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Breading:

  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup peanut flour

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 a jalapeño pepper
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Wash the cauliflower, chop it into large florets, and add to a pot of boiling water. Let cook until "al dente," about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the flour with water and add 1/3 teaspoon paprika. Dice half of a jalapeño pepper and add it to the flour mixture.
  3. Once the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, chop each large floret into about 3 pieces. Season with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  4. In a bowl, combine peanut flour with bread crumbs. Roll each cauliflower floret in the mixture until thoroughly coated.
  5. Preheat the oven to 390°F.
  6. Set up a plate and cover with a paper towel. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a skillet and fry each floret until golden brown, then place onto the paper towel to drain excess oil.
  7. Transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Make the sauce by combining all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  9. Serve the cauliflower wings warm with sauce on the side.