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vegan crispy cauliflower bites


  • Author:Nancy
  • Prep Time:10
  • Cook Time:30
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Yield:1 plate 1x
  • Category:Appetizers and Snacks
  • Method:Bake
  • Cuisine:Japanese, American


Take this crispy breaded cauliflower bites and turn it into a well loved Japanese street food snack: Vegan-ish Okonomiyaki Cauliflower bites. It’s 100% plant based and SO delicious! It is almost vegan!





  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into large florets and place in a large mixing bowl. See notes.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the Panko breadcrumbs with garlic powder, smoked paprika, grounded white pepper and sea salt.
  4. Add half of the maple syrup on to the cauliflower florets and toss until evenly coated but not drenched. You want a thin coat.
  5. Pour about 1/2 the dry mixture to the coated cauliflower and mix well. Repeat the process until the dry mixture evenly coats the cauliflower.
  6. Remove breaded cauliflower from bowl and from onto a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper.)
  7. Bake the breaded cauliflower for 20-25 minutes (flipping half way at 12 minute mark) or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from pan onto a large plate immediately.
  9. Drizzle rich and creamy vegan cashew mayonnaise on top of the crispy breaded cauliflower bites.
  10. Sprinkle some Marumiya Furikake seasoning and bonito flakes(omit if you want it to be a vegan dish).
  11. Serve and enjoy!


  • Use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen florets. Frozen florets tends to get soggy.
  • Omit bonito flakesif you want it to be a vegan dish.

Keywords: VEGAN-ish OKONOMIYAKI CAULIFLOWER BITES, crispy breaded cauliflower bites, cauliflower nuggets, japanese street food, vegan japanese street food, healthy okonomiyaki, vegan cashew mayonnaise, panko breadcrumbs, gluten-free snacks, vegan snacks

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