Monday, February 20, 2012

Bang Bang Cauliflower

I tested this recipe out last week and after each bite we just kept saying "Oh wow, this is soooo good!"  I even said  "I need to have people over and make this, or make it for your parents!"

That's how you know it's a keeper.


I got the idea from Bone Fish Grill's famous bang bang shrimp.  It's one of the best things I've ever eaten,  if you've had it,  you know what I'm talking about.

Spicy, delicious and totally addicting.  I don't even order a main course there...  just the bang bang shrimp please.


I've been wanting to try this recipe out for awhile, but with my recent cauliflower obsession I figured why not try it with my favorite veggie instead?

I am so glad I did. Who needs shrimp? (okay I take that back, but this is a damn good alternative). 

UPDATE: Check out my "lightened up" version of this recipe here

Shopping List (Serves 2-4 as an appetizer)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup egg whites
1 head cauliflower
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Green onion
1/4 cup coconut oil

Sauce
1/4 cup lite mayo
1/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce or Siracha (add more or less depends on how hot you can handle it)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar

1. Slice your cauliflower florets. Mix salt, pepper and garlic powder into your Panko breadcrumbs in a shallow dish.

2. Set separate bowls aside with egg whites and cornstarch. Dip your florets one by one into the cornstarch, and shake off excess. Then dip into egg whites, and then coat with Panko mixture.

3. After coating all of your florets, warm up your coconut oil in a large frying pan and place all florets in hot oil. Turn with tongs making sure all sides are browned. Set on top of paper towels to remove excess oil. Top with more salt.

4. In a small bowl mix all of your sauce ingredients. Coat your breaded and pan fried florets with sauce, top with sprinkles of green onion and serve right away.


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94 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness YUM. I've been looking for good cauliflower recipes to try lately, this will definitely be up first! Thanks for sharing!

    - Katherine

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  2. That looks soooo good! I'll have to try it!

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  3. Loving this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow I love this recipe, I want to try it. Me, I am going for the Siracha, love that heat.

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  5. you totally need to add a pinit button for pintrest this would be very popular and so would you!!!

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  6. Wow, this looks amazing! :) Definitely goes on my bucket list!

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  7. I've never tried Bang Bang Shrimp before, seeing as we don't have Bone Fish Grill up here in Canada, but I've been drooling over them ever since I saw the recipe on another blog a while ago.
    Love this whole "healthy" version with cauliflower, though... forget shrimp, I'm making this! :)

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  8. I am totally making this tomorrow! I received cauliflower in my produce delivery today and I was wondering what I was going to do with it. Now I know! Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to tomorrow nights dinner :) I'll let you know when I blog it.

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  9. I'm having a cauliflower obession too at the moment. I love this idea!

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  10. Oh these shrimp look good! I would say they look divine!

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  11. Sounds like a very delicious cauliflower dish! Lovely!

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  12. Indeed this will be a great alternative...I am hypersensitive to shrimp. I am glad I stumbled upon this post! =)

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  13. Oh how yummy this looks! On my list to make with my head of cauliflower I received yesterday!

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  14. This looks delicious! I love cauliflower. Congrats on the Buzz!

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  15. Wonder if the hubby would get over his aversion to cauliflower for this? Looks insanely good!

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  16. So excited about this recipe! My boyfriend loves cauliflower, and I'm always looking for new and creative ways to cook with it. This recipe looks super easy, too. Thanks!

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  17. Yum! I've always wanted to try making the delicious bang bang shrimp but I'm liking the cauliflower idea better! This sounds incredible and I'm totally into the sriracha sauce. The spicier the better!

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  18. This is great I can't wait to try it. I don'y know the Bone Fish Grill at all and need to explore.. Off to google LOL

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  19. Yum!! I love this recipe! Such a good idea! and that sauce sounds amazing!

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  20. could you substitute veg. oil for coconut oil?

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    1. Absolutly! I just like the slight coconut flavor mixed with the spice.

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  21. do you pre cook the cauliflower first?

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    1. Nope. The temperature and consistancy is just right with only frying it.

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  22. Found you via pinterest- great site! L) GREAT recipe!

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  23. Loving this idea. I love cauliflower - great recipe!

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  24. Oh I love bang bang shrimp! But I bet I would love this bang bang cauliflower even more =)

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    1. You could bake them instead but I dont think you would get the same crunch.

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  26. Can you substitute another vinegar for rice vinegar? I don't like buying ingredients that I probably won't use again.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi there! Rice vinegar is a stample for a lot of asian foods, it's great in this sauce because it's very mild. You could use regular vinegar but I would only use 1 tablespoon and perhaps use water for the second tablespoon. :)

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  27. I, too, have always loved the Bonefish Grill's "Bang Bang Shrimp". This looks like an amazing, and healthier, version that I can't wait to make. Thanks, Allen.

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  28. Michelle, I love the concept of doing this with cauliflower - and it looks delicious! I have featured this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks as ever for the inspiration...

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  29. This looks so fantastic. Great blog. Just happened on it when I was checking my sister’s blog. She is another Michelle. I am from New Zealand and blog on food amongst other things. You might be interested in this post about a bacon and asparagus salad http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/asparagus-bacon-salad.html. Will enjoy following your blog.

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  30. This was amazing!

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  33. This is amazing! I am DEFINITELY going to make this. Very very cool recipe.

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  34. I look forward to trying this! Yay for Cauliflower!

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  35. I’m making this tonight…Looks so yummy!!

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  36. I just saw this on Pinterest, and I can't wait to make this. I'm on this whole "I'm a vegetarian now" kick, and this will be PERFECT. I may even have to blog about it when I'm done stuffing my face. ;)

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  37. OMG…tried it and it was delicious!!!

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  38. This is definitely going on my dinner menu next week! I love the Bang Bang Shrimp, but as a new vegetarian, I am totally down with the use of cauliflower!!

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  39. I just made this...it is really really good. I was a little concerned when sneaking tastes of just the sauce, but when everything is put together, it all fits so perfectly. Thanks for a great go-to recipe!

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  40. Just made it tonight. Love the consistency and crunch of the cauliflower. I needed more oil for frying. The bang bang sauce was just a touch too sweet so next time I may cut down on the added sugar.I used the Franks sweet chili sauce- needs a bit more kick next time. Thanks for such a great idea!!

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  41. We just tried this tonight. Yuuuummm!!! Bonus: We doubled up all the ingredients except the cauliflower and used it to prepare chicken breast the same way. Bang bang cauliflower & chicken served with garlic marinated mushrooms on the side = freakin' delicious!

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    1. you should put the garlic-marinated mushrooms on pinterest! :)

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  42. Made this last night. WOW, can't wait to make it again! I only used about a quarter of the sugar and it was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  43. So delicious! Just made for my husband.. We loved it! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  44. I'm curious - does the cauliflower actually soften? It kind of seems like the cauliflower would stay hard and not cook enough.

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    1. YES gets just soft enough.

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  45. Can't wait to try this-having it for dinner tomorrow.

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  46. this caught my eye right away..finally got to make it and it was soo good! i used the franks sweet chili but then added some sriracha to make it more hot. cant wait to make this again...thanks for sharing!

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  47. We made this tonight and it was a huge hit with our little ones and my husband. He said it was probably one of the best things I've ever made. Thank you! (Do you mind if I use one of your photos and a link to your recipe on my "Menu of the Week"?)

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  48. I also doubled all of the ingredients except for the cauliflower and the sauce because we had a medium-size head of cauliflower. We used just a little siracha in the sauce. TASTY!

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  49. I am making this tonight but I am going to bake it (and maybe broil it if it isn't browned)to cut the calories!!!

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  50. Delish! I did end up baking it, but I still used the coconut oil in the pan (so I guess it was more like frying in the oven). They came out perfectly crispy! All you have to do is preheat the pan with the coconut oil in a 425 degree oven. Once the oil is hot, place the florets in the pan, cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10 minutes. They were perfect!

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  51. WOW! Had this for dinner with white rice. So good. I didn't use coconut oil though, just veg oil. Found you on pinterst! Thank you for an amazing recipe <3

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  52. Just made this! But instead a made a mango chutney aioli of sorts :D It tastes so good! I am saving some for my parents to have when they get home... but it definitely took some effort lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Made these last night! AMAZING!!! Thanks Michelle! I will be making this again and again!

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  55. This looks amazing! I never know what to do with cauliflower. I tried making the traditional English version of cauliflower in cheese and cream sauce. Far too rich. This looks amazing. I'm going to try this soon.

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  56. My Mom and I made this tonight, and it was amazing! Love love love. We used the sweet chili sauce this time, for the dipping sauce, because her stomach is very sensitive but I can't wait to try the Siracha version! Thank you!

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  57. I made this tonite and it was excellent.

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  58. Just made this. It tastes amazing! I'll try it with the sweet chili sauce next time because my daughter is not a big fan of spicy. Thank you for an excellent recipe!

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  59. What would be a good entree dish to pair with this?

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    1. Hi Jenn! I usually eat this with my finace AS the entree. We make a salad on the side too :)

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  60. Thank you! I'm trying to eat less meat but am still learning about proteins. Seems cauliflower has good protein and even EFAs! Who knew?! I can't wait to make this tonight!

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  61. They were FABULOUS!! Even my 18 mo devoured them!!

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  62. I just tried this recipe today and it's delicious! I've never eaten cauliflower much before but I'll be having it a lot more often now. Thanks for posting this!

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  63. I have made this twice in the past week! but question - how do you use only 1/4 cup of coconut oil? it seems like I need more...but am not liking the extra fat/calories...

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    1. Claire you HAVE to try it. It's one of my best recipes! I crave it :)

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  65. I just made this and it's amazing!!

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  66. Very tasty! Even got my husband to eat cauliflower. Plenty of cut cauliflower left over so we'll be having this again soon. I served it on a couple of romaine leaves and then i ate those with the sauce and onions that came off the fried pieces.

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  67. Insanely delicious!

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  68. I tried it and doing everything that was said in the procedure... and it's so good! I am not kidding or exaggerating. It is really that good I had to leave a comment. =)

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  69. Im making this for my mommas dinner birthday tonight! What should i cook this with, for like a protien and another side! I want to make it very spectular meal! Please respond as soon as you can! I need help! Please and Thankyou

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    1. This dish is pretty heavy. I would serve it as an appetizer if perhaps I was making fish or maybe MAYBE burgers if you wanted to do something bigger.

      Personally though I eat this as my protein. It's heavy enough that I serve it with a salad and this is the main course.

      You're going to LOVE it.

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  70. first off...i love your blog. thanks for everything you post.
    i noticed that the recipe for the sauce is different on this post than the other post you have that's just for the sauce. which is best? there are quite a few large differences in ingredient amounts between the 2 recipes for the bang bang sauce.

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    1. Hi there! The difference accounts for the use of the franks sweet chili instead of siracha sauce. I should put that note next to the suggestion to siracha if you like it hot hot hot :) really its the bases that are important. One part mayo and in this one one part franks sweet chili with a dash of rice wine vinegar and sugar to taste.

      With siracha you only need a little bit. It's potent!

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    2. Hi there! The difference accounts for the use of the franks sweet chili instead of siracha sauce. I should put that note next to the suggestion to siracha if you like it hot hot hot :) really its the bases that are important. One part mayo and in this one one part franks sweet chili with a dash of rice wine vinegar and sugar to taste.

      With siracha you only need a little bit. It's potent!

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  71. Officially addicted! Thanks so much.

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  72. This would be great with a Thai salad - with a peanut sauce for the greens. The cauliflower is nutritious enough (cauliflower is a super veggie - so good for you!) that you don't "need" a protein to go along. Although, I'm wondering how firm tofu would be prepared this way!

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  73. So I seem to be the only one who has had this issue (what's my deal!?).. But when I put the sauce on, a lot of the breading fell off!! I'm not sure where I went wrong?? The only change I made was I used vegetable oil instead of coconut. But besides that, this was awesome!! :)

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  75. I LOVE Bang Bang Shrimp and frequent Bonefish Grill on Wednesdays when it's only $5!! Now they even have Bang Bang Chicken for those with Shellfish allergies (or who just don't like shrimp I guess). I cannot wait to try this cauliflower! Love the twist on a favorite! Thanks!

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    1. Lol, I know it was a short comment, but it was heartfelt.

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  77. I am a MAJOR novice when it comes to cooking and I tried this, I'm eating my leftovers now and I loveeee it. I may try using less sugar next time. Also I only used half a head of cauliflower. Thanks so much for posting!!

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  78. this was really delicious! Good thing my husband doesn't like cauliflower... more for me!

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  79. Hi Michelle! Love your blog and I seriously LOVE the Bang Bang Cauliflower recipe! I've had trouble finding Franks Red Hot Chili Sauce in grocery stores though. I know you're a DC area resident and I live here too, so where do you get the sauce? I've looked online, but it gets a little pricey with shipping.

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