Crispy Baked Orange Cauliflower Bites are a delicous healthier version of orange chicken. They’re ultra crispy and smothered in a sticky sweet orange sauce and topped with sesame seeds. Super easy to make in under 45 minutes. All vegan ingredients and an easy gluten-free option.
These bites are inspired by my recipe for Baked Sticky Orange Cauliflower + Quinoa. I know that many of you LOVE cauliflower bites on their own. So I had to make a recipe for crispy orange cauliflower bites again and better than before!
Let’s take these Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites for instance. They are a guaranteed showstopper! They have a nice kick of spice and a hint of sweetness from the BBQ sauce and honey. These cauliflower bites are the perfect appetizer, snack, or addition to any entree. Vegan option available.
These cauliflower bites have a lot to love!
This recipe is super easy to make. Here’s what you need:
The flavor in these baked cauliflower bites is all from the sweet and savory sauce. It’s made with:
It’s important to thicken your orange sauce so it gets nice and sticky. Personally, I love using arrowroot starch. However, if you don’t have this on hand, using other subs like all-purpose flour, regular cornstarch, or tapioca flour work just fine. Just be sure to always stir your thickener with warm water until it becomes a ‘milky’ liquid before adding it to the sauce.
Absolutely! If you’re looking for an extreme burst of orange flavor, feel free to add orange peels into the sauce while it simmers. The fragrance and flavor of the orange peels will add more flavor. Just remove them before tossing in your bites if you don’t want them to stay in.
Honestly, these little bites are best consumed the same day. However, you can always store them in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat in the oven once ready to serve for best results.
OK, so this is often the #1 question that I get asked. My bites are crispy because of the flour batter that they are dipped in first followed by the breadcrumbs. Be sure to always shake off excess batter and use parchment paper on your baking sheet. Once they are gently placed on your baking sheet, spray them lightly with oil spray before placing them in the oven and let them golden. They’ll crisp up very nicely! And finally, for EXTRA crispness, add ground corn flakes to breadcrumbs.
Nope. It’s easy to substitute brown sugar. For instance, try pure maple syrup. Although brown sugar caramelizes nicely, adding maple syrup will help with the stickiness.
You can serve these sticky baked cauliflower bites as an appetizer for a party. Or toss them onto a salad or over pasta. They also make a great pizza topping! Or make a grain bowl with quinoa or rice, tofu or another protein, and cauliflower bites. You really can’t go wrong!
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Crispy Baked Sticky Orange Cauliflower Bites.