Cauliflower has a huge amount of health benefits. It is high in fiber, it is a brilliant source of antioxidants, and it contains almost all of the nutrients your body needs to remain healthy. It is also very versatile, filling, and tasty – especially if you cover it in some spice!
Spicy cauliflower dishes are gaining a large amount of popularity currently in restaurants and home-cooking, particularly because of the health benefits and also because it is a great meat substitute for vegetarians.
If you are looking for a delicious spicy cauliflower recipe that is sure to look and taste amazing, then check out the recipes listed below!
If you are after an easy roasted cauliflower recipe that packs a spicy punch, check out this delicious one! It is intended to be a side dish, and it is preferable to cook this whole cauliflower head in an Instant Pot to make sure it has enough room to roast.
It also means that you don’t have to keep any eye on your dish while it’s cooking, but you still know it’s going to be cooked perfectly.
The spice for this recipe comes from your choice of hot sauce. The ingredients list recommends Franks RedHot sauce, but it is entirely up to you. The sweetness will come from honey, so you will have a tasty balance sweet and spicy without either of them overpowering the other.
Once you have all the ingredients together and the Instant Pot on, it is incredibly simple – you marinade your cauliflower head in the spices, put it in the Instant Pot with some water, then cook it for a few minutes (the timing will depend on the size of the cauliflower head).
This spicy cauliflower rice dish makes a brilliant accompaniment to any meal – it is filling, heavily spiced and has an amazing texture. You will need four cups of cauliflower florets to serve four people, but obviously this can be easily adapted to suit your needs!
The spice in this recipe comes from chili flakes and one fresh chili pepper (it recommends deseeding it, but if you prefer spicier food, keep the seeds in).
The rest of the ingredients are made up of spices and seasonings, however it also tells you to add chicken stock (or water). If you are vegetarian, vegetable stock would work just as will with the cauliflower rice.
The rice is incredibly easy to prepare, as you just put the uncooked cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse it a few times. Overall, it will take around half an hour to cook.
Cauliflower popcorn is becoming increasingly popular, and the spicy buffalo version is a must-make. The only thing to bear in mind when making this recipe is that they take a very long time to cook – between 12 and 24 hours. This because they have to go into dehydrator trays to make sure they get the best crunchiness possible!
Its ingredients include sun-dried tomatoes (which the recipe recommends soaking in warm water for an hour before cooking), raw tahini to give a slightly nutty flavor, and nutritional yeast.
Not only is this brilliant for thickening sauces, but it is also incredibly beneficial for vegetarians who need the nutrients that they aren’t getting from protein. Once you have made the spicy buffalo sauce in a blender, you just have to toss the florets in the mixture and then leave them to dehydrate until they are crunchy.
This is a very simple way of making roasted cauliflower, and it requires few ingredients. This is partially because it uses sweet chili sauce and sriracha to get its spice, which are made with a huge combination of ingredients – particularly garlic!
The method is easy, you just have to mix the chili sauces, oil and soy sauce in a bowl. Add the cauliflower to the bowl, making sure it’s fully coated in the liquid, then pop it on a lined baking sheet.
This needs to be cooked for 25 minutes at 400 degrees, then it’s ready. It will last for three to five days in the refrigerator if you choose not to eat it on that day.
If you also don’t think these sauces will give enough spice, you can always add some chili flakes to the liquid mixture before combining it with the cauliflower.
Cauliflower bites are always irresistible, and this vegan version is saucy, spicy and very moreish. The batter is made from flour, almond milk, apple cider vinegar and seasoning, but if you don’t wish to make vegan bites, then you can easily switch out the almond milk for cow’s milk.
Once you’ve made your batter, you simply have to coat the cauliflower with it and bake it for around 20 minutes. Whilst this is cooking, you can make the spicy buffalo sauce, which is made of standard kitchen ingredients including ketchup and soy sauce.
You will have to coat the cauliflower with this sauce and bake it for another few minutes, which will make sure they have a crunchy outside.
If you want a bit more spice with your cauliflower, you can always think about putting some chili flakes in the batter as well!
These delicious cauliflower wings take 40 minutes to make and they serve four people. It puts some spice in both the batter and the hot sauce coating, so you should get a double hit of heat!
To make the coating, you can choose which hot sauce you like – you will need 2 tablespoons of it, so make sure it’s one that you enjoy the taste of. The recipe recommends El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce, but Frank’s RedHot or Sriracha would also work very well.
To cook the cauliflower, you have to first bake it in the oven for twenty minutes, then cover it in the hot sauce mix and place it under the grill until it gets grill marks. This will give it a tasty, smokey taste, and it will pair well with a creamy dip – Cook With Manal recommends a cucumber dip.
These cauliflower burgers are a brilliant alternative to meat burgers, and they include plenty of cheese in the mix as well to create a gooey and spicy combination.
The recipe surves these with avocado sauce, chipotle mayo and cilantro lime slaw (some of these methods are included), but the spicy cauliflower can also be enjoyed on its own.
The burgers contain quinoa and cauliflower as the bulk ingredients, and the spices comes from your choice of seasoning, which could be chili powder or cayenne pepper, as well as a large amount of Pepperjack cheese.
To actually form the burgers, you will need to cook the quinoa and cauliflower beforehand, and then pulse them into small pieces before mixing them with cheese, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning. You should end up with around 10 patties.
If you want to test whether you have put enough spice in your burgers, you can always fry one up first and taste-test it before making the whole batch. This way, you can easily adjust your mixture while it’s still in the bowl!
As one of the quickest recipes to make in this list, this spicy cauliflower stir-fry is perfect for when you’re in a time crunch. All you need is a head of cauliflower, oil and lots of seasoning and flavorings. You will need to add a tablespoon of your favourite hot sauce to give it a spice kick – Sriracha will work very well!
First, you’ll have to use your hands to break up the cauliflower, and then start to heat it in a skillet with oil and garlic. Once it has started to brown, add the rest of your flavors, making sure you add the hot sauce last. This will allow you to test the color and flavor/spice level of your cauliflower before you serve it!
Serve it with lime slices and green onions to add a pop of color.
This spicy cauliflower recipe doesn’t take long to make, and it serves four people which makes it a brilliant side dish for most meals.
While the recipe only uses smoked paprika as its spice ingredient, you can feel free to use whatever spices you like, in any quantity. Everybody has a different spice tolerance, so always make sure to test it before you serve!
The cauliflower florets should be cooked on a lined baking sheet at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring they have a crispy outside.
They are incredibly easy to make, you just have to toss the cauliflower in oil and an even coating of the spices, then put them in the oven for around half an hour. The cauliflower should turn a golden brown color when cooked, and they should feel tender when pricked with a fork.
This simple, sweet and spicy cauliflower dish goes perfectly with rice or quinoa, and is a brilliant alternative to meat accompaniments. It is vegan and gluten free, as everyone will be able to enjoy it!
Similar to the other recipes, you will have to marinade the cauliflower in a sauce before baking it for around half an hour. To make this quicker, however, the recipe recommends that you put all of your ingredients in a ZIplock bag and mix/shake this to coat all of your cauliflower.
You can then just pour this out on to your baking sheet. One thing you have to bear in mind is that the cauliflower pieces need to have space between them, otherwise they won’t cook very well.
The sweetness in this dish comes from maple syrup, and the spice comes from sriracha. If you don’t have any sriracha to hand or you don’t enjoy it, feel free to switch this out for your favorite hot sauce.