Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower Recipe

This Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower offers a delightful combination of flavors, making it a perfect snack, appetizer, or side dish. The crispy cauliflower bites are tossed in a sticky sauce that’s both sweet and fiery, guaranteed to please your taste buds.


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp green onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

For the Sweet and Spicy Sticky Sauce:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut amino
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp gluten-free flour or cornstarch


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Prepare the Cauliflower:
    • Place the cauliflower florets on the prepared baking sheet. Spray them lightly with cooking oil spray and season with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  3. Bake the Cauliflower:
    • Bake the cauliflower in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Toss halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking.
  4. Make the Sauce:
    • While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, minced garlic, soy sauce, Sriracha, and hoisin sauce. Bring the mixture to a slight simmer.
  5. Thicken the Sauce:
    • Dissolve the gluten-free flour or cornstarch in a small amount of water to make a slurry. Add this to the saucepan and stir continuously until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Toss Cauliflower in Sauce:
    • Once the cauliflower is done, remove it from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the prepared sweet and spicy sauce over the cauliflower and toss to coat thoroughly.
  7. Serve:
    • Transfer the coated cauliflower to a serving dish. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
  8. Optional Garnishing:
    • For added color and flavor, you can also add some chopped cilantro or additional red pepper flakes for more heat.


  • Even Coating: Make sure each cauliflower floret is well-coated with oil and seasonings before baking for the best flavor and texture.
  • Sauce Consistency: Adjust the thickness of the sauce by varying the amount of flour or cornstarch according to your preference.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve this dish immediately to enjoy the cauliflower while it’s still crispy. It pairs well with rice or can be enjoyed on its own.


Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower is a delightful dish that’s not only easy to make but also packed with flavors that range from sweet honey to spicy Sriracha. This dish is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of heat balanced by sweetness, making it a popular choice for various occasions. Enjoy this vegan-friendly and gluten-free option as a wonderful alternative to heavier fried appetizers!