Veganosity's favorite recipe caulflower poppers being dipped in a vegan ranch sauce with a bowl of cauliflower poppers in the background with vegan ranch, vegan sriracha mayo, and vegan hot sauce in three separate white dishes on a wood board.

Spicy Cauliflower Poppers

Our vegan breaded cauliflower poppers are easy to make and so much fun to eat. Ready in about 30 minutes!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword breaded cauliflower bites, vegan cauliflower poppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Parboil 2 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 105 kcal
Author Alex Meyer, MA


  • 1 large cauliflower see note
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup plant-based milk not coconut
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne See note
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 425° (218°C) and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the stem and the core of the cauliflower and cut the florets into bite size pieces (the size of chicken poppers).
  3. Parboil the cauliflower for approximately 2 minutes, or until the stem is softer, but not fork tender. You don't want it to cook too long as that will result in a mushy appetizer. 

  4. Drain the water and put the cauliflower in a pot of ice water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking process. Drain the water and let the cauliflower sit in the colander for a few minutes to get rid of the excess water. 

  5. In a medium mixing bowl, stir the ¾ cup of flour, the 1 cup of milk, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp coriander, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (see note), and salt and pepper to taste together until well combined. Use a fork to break down any clumps.
  6. Dip the chopped cauliflower in the batter until well coated and evenly place on the baking sheet. Make sure to leave a bit of space between them, you don’t want them to be piled on top of one another or they won’t get crispy.
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
  8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. See what we like to dip them in within the post.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Cauliflower Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 385mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 49.3mg60%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.