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Bang bang cauliflower recipe

Bang bang cauliflower recipe

7 ratings

These crunchy, spicy cauliflower bites are the perfect vegan alternative to the popular bang bang chicken. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 335 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 2 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce or tamari soy sauce*
  • 2 tbsp sriracha hot sauce, plus extra to drizzle
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely crushed
  • 15g coriander, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 lime, ½ zested and juiced, ½ cut into wedges
  • 1 cauliflower, separated into florets and stalk roughly chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 200g easy cook brown rice, to serve
  • 200g frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced​
2 of your five-a-day and low in fat

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    7g 10%
  • Saturates

    1g 6%
  • Sugars

    15g 16%
  • Salt

    1.7g 28%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 54g Protein 10.1g Fibre 6.3g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sriracha, sesame oil, syrup, garlic, half the coriander, 1 tsp sesame seeds, lime juice and zest until well combined. Toss through the cauliflower florets, stalk and leaves, and the red pepper, then spread onto a large baking tray in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 25-30 mins, tossing occasionally, until golden and starting to soften. Alternatively, cook in an air-fryer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the rice following pack instructions, adding the defrosted spinach for the final 5 mins. Drain well and mix the rice through the spinach.
  4. Toast the remaining sesame seeds in a pan for 2-3 mins over a medium heat until golden.
  5. Divide the rice and spinach between 4 bowls and top with the bang bang cauliflower. Drizzle with the extra sriracha and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds, remaining coriander, the spring onions and serve with a wedge of lime.

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*Replace soy sauce with tamari to make this dish gluten free, if required.

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