Say goodbye to take-out as you revel in the glorious flavors of these Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings! Enjoy the wonderful taste of crispy baked cauliflower drenched in sticky, sweet, and savory orange sauce! This easy recipe will quickly become your favorite! Plus, it’s Vegan and completely Gluten-Free!

Best Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings Vegan and Gluten Free

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If you’re looking for a delicious Chinese-style orange chicken recipe made with cauliflower instead, this is it! It’s a healthy spin on a popular favorite and I promise, you won’t miss the meat at all!

Cauliflower is an excellent substitute for chicken! It is hearty, takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with, and, if done right, can have the perfect crispy crust and tender inside! Trust me, I’ve experimented and my Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are the best!

Roasted Orange Cauliflower Recipe

Best Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings

This Roasted Orange Cauliflower recipe is completely vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free! It’s packed with incredible flavor, tons of nutrients, and it’s super easy to make!

How to make Orange Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower as a meat replacement

Take 1 large cauliflower head and cut it into small bite-sized pieces. I like to leave the stem so they resemble chicken drum wings when they are done.

How to make cauliflower wings

To make Orange Cauliflower Wings Gluten-Free:

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the mixture for the batter. I use King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour. If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use regular flour like this one: King Arthur All-Purpose Flour.

After the batter is made, take each piece of cauliflower and toss it in the batter until all sides are evenly coated. Not only does the batter help create a crispy crust, but it is also packed with tons of flavor!

Gluten-Free Breaded Cauliflower Wings
Gluten Free Breaded Cauliflower Wings Mix for Orange Cauliflower Wings

Place the battered cauliflower wings onto a baking sheet, leaving space in between each piece so they do not stick together. I like to use a silicone baking mat to line my baking sheet for easy clean-up later. Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

how to make crispy baked cauliflower wings

While the cauliflower is in the oven, prepare the orange sauce. 

Vegan Orange Sauce Recipe  Ingredients Gluten Free. Oranges, ginger, rice vinegar, coconut amino, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, water, corn starch, maple syrup

Vegan Orange Sauce Recipe

This delicious Orange Sauce is:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • and Soy-Free!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “How can I make Orange Sauce without Soy Sauce??”. I am going to let you in on the best-kept secret: Coconut Aminos! It is the best soy sauce replacement! It’s healthier than soy sauce and is completely gluten-free!

To Make the Orange Sauce You Need: 

  • Orange juice
  • Water
  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut Amino
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Rice vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • Cornstarch
Vegan Orange Sauce Recipe  Ingredients Gluten Free. Oranges, ginger, rice vinegar, coconut amino, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, water, corn starch, maple syrup

Once you make the sauce and the cauliflower has roasted for at least 20 minutes, it’s time to finish making the glorious sticky, crispy, flavorful baked orange cauliflower wings. 

Cauliflower Wings After First Round of Baking. Time to Add the Orange Sauce

Using tongs, grab the cauliflower piece by piece and dip them in the orange sauce, making sure all sides are evenly coated.

Place the coated cauliflower on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 425°F. Then, turn the oven to a high broil and broil the cauliflower for 5 minutes, until a crispy golden crust is formed.

Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings
Orange Cauliflower Wings Fresh Out of the Oven

Serve with rice or quinoa and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Orange Cauliflower Wings Vegan and Gluten Free

I hope you enjoy this Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings Recipe (Gluten-Free & Vegan)!

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Baked Orange Cauliflower (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Say goodbye to take-out as you revel in the glorious flavors of these Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings! Enjoy the wonderful taste of crispy baked cauliflower drenched in sticky, sweet, and savory orange sauce! This easy recipe will quickly become your favorite! Plus, it’s Vegan and completely Gluten-Free!
4.85 from 26 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Head of cauliflower

Batter

  • 1.25 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Orange Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Amino (can sub soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tbsp Fresh Minced Ginger
  • 1 tsp Avocado Oil (or olive oil)

To thicken the orange sauce (cornstarch mixture)

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or more as needed to thicken the sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F

Orange Baked Cauliflower Wings (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

  • Take 1 large cauliflower head and cut it into small bite-sized pieces.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the mixture for the batter. Take each piece of cauliflower and toss it in the batter until all sides are evenly coated.
  • Place the battered cauliflower wings onto a baking sheet. (I like to use a silicone baking mat to line my baking sheet for easy clean-up later.) Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • While the cauliflower is in the oven, prepare the orange sauce.
  • Once you make the sauce and the cauliflower has roasted for at least 20 minutes, using tongs, grab the cauliflower piece by piece and dip them in the orange sauce, making sure all sides are evenly coated.
  • Place the coated cauliflower on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 425°F. Then, turn the oven to a high broil and broil the cauliflower for 5 minutes, until a crispy golden crust is formed.
  • Serve with rice or quinoa and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

TO MAKE THE ORANGE SAUCE

  • In a small ramekin, whisk together cornstarch and water. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the cooking oil over medium-low heat. Then add the minced garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to prevent burning the ingredients.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except for the thickener/cornstarch and water). Allow the mixture to heat through for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasiionally
  • Add the thickener (cornstarch and water mixture) and whisk until it is fully incorporated and begins to thicken, about 4-5 minutes.
  • The sauce is now ready to use!

Notes

STORE: Any leftover Orange Cauliflower Wings can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal
Baked Vegan Orange Cauliflower Gluten Free

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43 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for ways to convert my favorite Chinese take-out into more healthy dinners and these cauliflower wings were the business. My son didn’t believe they weren’t chicken, LOL!!

  2. 5 stars
    Orange juice, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Man oh man they made this dish sing. Loved that this dish is meat free without all the trickery!

  3. 5 stars
    This orange sauce is ridiculously good. I made rice but hardly ate any. Just stood at the counter and ate the “wings” right from the pan. Leaving some stem on them is a genius move.

  4. 5 stars
    This was literally cleared in seconds!! I loved how sticky, sweer and zesty they were. Both indulgent and healthy and i guess we win!!

  5. 5 stars
    I actually came across this recipe on Pinterest when I was searching for a “meatless Monday” recipe. Just wow! Even my kids fell in love with this dish! It was so delicious, we’ll be making it again!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was right on time as I’ve been ordering far too much takeout since being home more. Thanks for the easy instructions. I’ll be making this one again!

  7. 5 stars
    This Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings is definitely making me super hungry! My tummy is growling right now.

  8. 5 stars
    I always buy cauliflower with nothing in mind for a recipe for it! Definitely need to try this, bookmarked for the next time I am in that predicament, haha

  9. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love everything cauliflower, and this recipe is vegan too! It’s on the list to make this week!

  10. This recipe looks delicious! I’m not seeing the coconut aminos in the sauce ingredients that you spoke of in the article. How much should one add to make the sauce? I definitely will be making this!

  11. You state second baking after orange sauce for 10 minutes and elsewhere it states 15 minutes plus 5 minutes broiling. Which is right?

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