Sweet & Spicy Cauliflower Poppers

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cauliflower poppers

This sweet & spicy cauliflower poppers recipe is one I’ve been making for years, and even won me an Instagram cauliflower competition a few food bloggers were hosting way back when! A recipe requested at every dinner party I have with my friends because, well, its that good.

Cauliflower florets breaded and baked, then mixed together with a delicious sweet & spicy sauce sweetened with my all-time favorite- apricot jam. I use a similar sauce for my tofu & broccoli recipe, and it’s truly amazing. Let’s admire this close up shall we:

cauliflower poppers

Cauliflower poppers are perfect as a dinner party appetizer, a summer side dish, or pretty much any day of the week when you’re looking to change up your veggie game. I personally love veggies, but know some people struggle to eat enough of them. Recipes like this make it fun and exciting!

Cauliflower is loaded with fiber and pretty much takes on any flavor you give it. The best part is you can serve it up with any sauce of your liking, homemade or store-bought! Be sure to check out my other cauliflower popper recipe with an easy homemade BBQ sauce !

Let me know if you try it in the comments below! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Sweet & Spicy Cauliflower Poppers

5 from 6 votes
Course: Appetizers, Main, Side Dishes
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

55

minutes

NOTES: if your cauliflower is larger, I suggest doubling the sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower

  • 2 eggs, whisked

  • 2 cups panko or breadcrumbs seasoned with salt & pepper (regular or GF will work)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, or cooking spray

  • Sauce
  • 1/4 cup fruit sweetened apricot jam

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 tsp tapioca flour (sub arrowroot, cornstarch or regular flour)

  • Pinch of salt

  • Chopped scallions, to top

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Cut up the cauliflower into florets, dip each in the egg and then in panko crumbs.
  • Place them on a parchment lined tray and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake on 375 for 35-40 minutes.
  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add it to a large pan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and stir in cauliflower. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Top with sesame seeds, chopped scallions and serve fresh!

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16 Comments

  1. Emine

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Anything I can sun sesame oil with?

  2. Just delightful! A simple, wholesome dish that’s perfect for bringing to gatherings or spicing up your at-home sides.
    I used significantly more apricot jam, plus a little bit of honey, to get a sweeter/fruitier sauce. But that’s just my preference.

  3. Brigitte

    My family LOVED theses too!!! I LOVE your recipes!!

  4. Is there something I can use instead of eggs to make it vegan?

  5. Jacqueline Mejia

    Getting ready for a good batch of these! First time trying these, and glad I read the comments on here because I’ll be substituting the apricot jam with honey!

  6. these will quickly become a regular in my house! Definitely recommend!

  7. These are the BEST! My husband actually requests these on a daily basis 😂

  8. I have all the ingredients except for apricot jam 🙁 Any subs you can think of? Looks so yummy!

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