Beer Battered Cauliflower Wings (Gluten free!)

Sometimes (more frequently lately) I go totally MIA for a week straight.  While I would love to say I surprise took a vacation to Hawaii or won the lottery and was busy counting my millions — in reality, it’s because we’re painting a bathroom.  Though it really doesn’t take that long to paint, we had a little other fixing up to do, plus it’s hot as balls in there with no ventilation.  Long story short, I did a lot of not cooking and not blogging last week.

Beer Battered Cauliflower Wings (Gluten free!)

These I made before last week, so why I didn’t post them is beyond me.  Why I didn’t make them a loooooong time ago is even further beyond me.  This concept has been floating around the internet for a while, and I finally decided to jump in.  I just happened to have a leftover gluten free beer and a head of cauliflower I meant to rice the week before, so they were born out of hunger and not really pre-planned.  Sometimes, those are the best meals, right?  Because the beer was already gluten free, I saw no reason to go mucking that up with wheat flour and opted for brown rice flour.

Beer Battered Cauliflower Wings (Gluten free!)

The pictures are with Buffalo sauce and Ranch, but you could (and I did) dip these in BBQ sauce or any other sauce your heart desires.  While I love Buffalo sauce, sometimes it’s just too spicy and doesn’t love me back.  I ate a few with the spicy stuff but didn’t feel like having heartburn all night, so now I can highly recommend these dipped in any sauce you happen to be fond of.  I also feel like mentioning that these are nothing like chicken wings — I know that seems self explanatory, but sometimes people miss the obvious and you get angry emails and blog comments 😉

5.0 from 2 reviews

Beer Battered Cauliflower Wings (Gluten free!)
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Serves: 4

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • ½ c brown rice flour
  • ⅔ c beer, Gluten free or regular
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. butter (or vegan buttery sticks)
  • ½ c hot sauce like Frank’s Red Hot

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Spritz a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Cut the head of cauliflower into bite size florets.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, beer, and garlic powder.
  4. Dunk the tops of the cauliflower in the beer mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet. Replace until all florets have been used. Spritz the top of the cauliflower with nonstick spray.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the breading had set. Piece a piece with a fork to ensure the cauliflower is tender. If not, bake in 2 – 3 minute increments until done.
  6. Meanwhile, melt the butter and stir into the hot sauce.
  7. Serve cauliflower with the buffalo sauce. If desired, serve with celery sticks, bleu cheese, or Ranch dressing.

I only dredged the tops of my cauliflower, holding on to the stem so my fingers wouldn’t get dirty. If you’d like these completely covered, double the beer mixture then roll the cauliflower in the mixture with a fork.
For a vegan recipe, be sure to use vegan buttery-style sticks and double check that your beer is vegan.
For a gluten free recipe, opt for gluten free beer.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe Calories: 150 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 24 Fiber: 5 Protein: 5


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    PassTheKnife Jun 09, 2014

    This is a great idea! Buffalo tenders are delicious but I rarely eat them because of the dreaded calories, can’t wait to dig into a bowl full!

    Lauren Jun 06, 2014

    These sound amazing!!!! Cannot wait to try them, though I rarely ever have leftover GF beer 😉

    cheri Jun 06, 2014

    This sounds fabulous! Love that these are baked. Cauliflower is so versatile!

    Julia Jun 05, 2014

    How have I not made these before?!!!! I love everything about these crispy love nuggets and want to dip them in every sauce ever. I’m seriously making doe eyes at you right now 🙂 Insert heart-eye emoji here

    Joanne Jun 05, 2014

    I wouldn’t WANT these to be anything like chicken wings! Cauliflower wings sound good enough for me. Love that you spiced them up with buffalo sauce!

    Anne|Craving Something Healthy Jun 03, 2014

    I know all too well how easy it is too lose weeks of your life to the paint can 🙂 Great recipe, which I will be making very soon!

    Reeni Jun 03, 2014

    I had to read the name of the post twice! Love the idea of buffalo-izing cauliflower! I’m not into real wings but do like the spiciness so this is perfect for me!

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl Jun 03, 2014

    Haha, this is such a fun cute idea. I love cauliflower but I also love wings so who says I can’t brush a load of BBQ sauce on my cauliflower? Must try!

    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens Jun 02, 2014

    I’ve been MIA for a couple weeks, too! We just got a new puppy and he takes up every.single.minute. And yes, lots of great ideas a few weeks ago. I’m sure they will come back to me. I hope they do. 🙂
    I’ve heard of buffalo cauliflower wings! Never tried them … but I SUPER want to now! I mean, it’s a really simple recipe … and I love spicy!! YUM! Can’t wait!! Thanks, Kelly!

    Cailee Jun 02, 2014

    Wow!! These look amazing! So cute and fun!! YUM 🙂

    Monet Jun 02, 2014

    Painting is sooo time-consuming. We had to repaint almost our entire house when we bought it last April. I feel your pain! This cauliflower looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it!

      Kelly Jun 02, 2014

      It really just adds that something extra!

    Isadora @ she likes food Jun 02, 2014

    I agree, sometimes the best meals are born out of hunger and needing to eat immediately! Or at least maybe they taste so good because I’m so hungry at the time 🙂 Painting is not a fun job and it always seems to take way more time than I think it should. These look like the perfect snack after a long day of hard work! I really need to try this gluten free beer batter, I’m sure I will want to beer batter everything!

    Em @ Love A Latte Jun 02, 2014

    Painting is hard work! Hope your bathroom turned out nice. I have to pass on the beer right now, but these look tasty! I marinated tempeh in Frank’s Red Hot this weekend and then fried it up. So delicious!

    How to Philosophize with Cake Jun 02, 2014

    Those look fabulous! I’ve made cauliflower wings once before, but they didn’t look nearly as good as these! 🙂