Harissa Honey Cauliflower Poppers

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Last Updated on December 15, 2022

Harissa honey cauliflower poppers are sweet, spicy, and the most delicious side dish to pair with your weeknight dinner.

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Harissa Honey Cauliflower Poppers

Cauliflower poppers have been a favorite side dish of mine for so many years. I’ve shared my Sweet & Spicy Cauliflower Poppers, BBQ Cauliflower Poppers, and Baked Orange Cauliflower and now I’m so excited to add these harissa honey cauliflower poppers to the roster.

The cauliflower florets are breaded and baked until crispy, then tossed in a delicious harissa honey sauce. I love them with a side of salmon for a balanced weeknight meal.

Harissa Honey Cauliflower Poppers

The harissa honey sauce is made with just 4 ingredients, and adds the perfect kick to this side dish.

Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste, and one of my must-have condiments for marinades and sauces. It adds just the right amount of heat, and can be used as a base for salmon or chicken marinades, like in my Harissa Silan (Date Syrup) Salmon.

How to make Harissa Honey Cauliflower Poppers

  1. Start by cutting the cauliflower into small florets, then tossing them with whisked eggs mixed with dijon mustard
  2. Once they’re coated, dip each piece into seasoned breadcrumbs
  3. Layer the breaded cauliflower on a sheet pan and drizzle with some olive oil. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the cauliflower is crispy
  4. Combine the baked cauliflower with the blended harissa honey sauce, and enjoy!
Harissa Honey Cauliflower Poppers

Tips & tricks for best results

  • Try to cut the florets into similar sized pieces to ensure they all cook evenly
  • Use seasoned breadcrumbs when coating the cauliflower, or season plain breadcrumbs yourself with some salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika
  • Mix the cauliflower with the sauce when you’re ready to serve it. The cauliflower can be baked in advance, but I suggest mixing in the sauce right before you plan to eat it for best results

This sweet & spicy side dish is a delicious way to eat more veggies. I can’t wait for you guys to try it!

If you’re looking for more veggie side dishes, try some of my favorites below:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad Moroccan

Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpeas

Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots

Harissa Honey Cauliflower Poppers

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  • 1 medium 1 head of cauliflower

  • 2 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp 1 dijon mustard

  • Salt & pepper

  • 2 cups 2 seasoned breadcrumbs

  • Olive oil

  • Fresh parsley and sesame seeds, to garnish

  • Harissa Honey Sauce
  • 1/3 cup 1/3 harissa

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 honey

  • 2 tbsp 2 water

  • Pinch salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Remove the stem from the cauliflower and cut it into small florets. Add them to a large bowl
  • Whisk the eggs, dijon and a pinch of salt and pepper together then pour the mixture over the cauliflower and toss everything to combine. I like to toss this with my hands to make sure each piece is coated
  • Pour the seasoned breadcrumbs into a bowl, then dip each cauliflower floret into the crumbs to coat it. Add the breaded cauliflower to a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Once all of the cauliflower is coated, drizzle generously with olive oil
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes total, flipping the florets after 30 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower bakes, prepare the honey harissa sauce by blending together the harissa, honey, water and a pinch of salt to form a smooth sauce
  • Pour the sauce over the cauliflower right when it comes out of the oven and serve right away. If you prepare the cauliflower in advance, you can add the sauce before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and sesame seeds

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One Comment

  1. Definitely want to try these cauliflower poppers, look so yummy and I’m sure the kids will love them.

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