Marinated and Baked Cauliflower Wings and Tofu

A really great alternative using cauliflower to create succulent spicy ‘wings’ which are Vegan friendly and the ideal side dish to accompany sweet-potato fries. You can also use Tofu in this recipe to create spicy bites.

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Cauliflower wings are a pretty new thing for me but I am soooo grateful for the discovery. Sometimes you discover something that you might think is a little strange and won’t work and this is one of those things that I’m thankful does work and tastes amazing! I cannot get enough of them, and there are so many combinations and marinades you can put together. So far my favourites have been these of course, a homemade BBQ marinade and a spicy thai red marinade using a batter base giving the real impression of ‘wings’.

I’ve tried a few different variations of baking my cauliflower wings and this one is up there with the best. This recipe doesn’t require the use of a batter but instead marinates in a tasty tangy sauce and once baked they come out of the oven to be soft yet crunchy and pretty damn good! This recipe would also be good if a batter were used and then the marinate was added and baked for a little longer. I think that would just add an extra crunch and yumminess to these wings but I haven’t tried that yet so let me know if you do.

The concept of marinated cauliflower wings is pretty simple, and just requires you mixing together your ingredients and they are ready to bake. I always prefer to make my wings a little spicy so adding some chili powder and some extra chili is the way I like to eat them but the spice is optional and if you’re not a spice fan then just leave this out and they will be equally as delicious.

I made these particular cauliflower wings alongside some marinated and baked tofu as marinated tofu is something I am familiar with and have been doing for years so I know it works and comes out delicious. You can completely skip the tofu step if you’re not a fan like I am but I think they work well together and complete the meal alongside some veggies or salad and you’ve got yourself a yummy dinner complete with vegetables and protein. This recipe should make enough for 2-3 main meals alongside some accompanying greens, but if you opt to give the tofu a miss then serve the cauliflower as a side which should give you at least 4 servings. Give these a-go and you won’t be disappointed.

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Marinated Baked Cauliflower Wings (and Tofu)(Pics, Descr, Reci)
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Serves: 2 - 4 servings
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped into wings
  • 200g tofu, drained, pressed and dried
  • ½tbsp cornstarch
  • Marinade:
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp garlic powder/garlic puree
  • ½tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp chili puree
  • 1tbsp honey/agave nectar if vegan
  • 2tbsp water to thin
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together.
  3. Place the cauliflower on one baking tray and pour over half the marinade, coating well.
  4. Place the tofu on the other baking tray and coat in the cornstarch and then pour over the marinade (though best marinated overnight)
  5. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, checking for doneness, stir and if not quite ready pop back in for 5 minute intervals.



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