These BBQ roasted cauliflower bites are the healthy veggie snack or appetizer that you will love making and devouring again and again.
When it comes to making vegetarian appetizers, I almost always find myself turning to cauliflower. And who wouldn’t? Not that it has any meat-like quality, but there’s just something about the versatility of this veggie that makes it such a big success regardless of how you are putting it to use.
And that’s exactly why I just had to try out these BBQ roasted cauliflower bites. They’re such a fun and flavorful snack or side option you could try out, whether you’re looking for something to treat your family or bring to a potluck or dinner party.
But before you jump right into the recipe, here’s a bit more you should know about it.
Can I Try This With Another Veggie?
Yes! You totally can! Get out any veggies you have lying in your refrigerator, and put them to use! Just remember that the cooking times for each veggie will differ, and will not be the same as the cauliflowers.
Eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, onion, asparagus, baby corn are all excellent choices.
How Do I Store the Leftover Roasted Cauliflower Bites?
Any leftover BBQ roasted cauliflower bites can last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Just make sure you transfer them to an airtight container to keep them fresh and reheat them in the oven instead of the microwave if you prefer them crunchy.
Tips to Make the BBQ Roasted Cauliflower Bites
Can’t wait to give the recipe a try? Keep these additional tips in mind, just in case.
- When cutting the cauliflower florets, try to get them all roughly to the same size. This will ensure that all of them are cooked perfectly, and you won’t have any undercooked cauliflower.
- I also like to leave just a little bit of the stem below each floret instead of chopping it off entirely- a great way to reduce food wastage.
- To get an extra crispy coating on the cauliflower, you can dip the florets in a mixture of flour, salt, water, breadcrumbs, and chopped parsley and let them bake for 15 minutes before coating them in BBQ sauce and baking them again for 5 minutes.
- To get some extra flavor into your cauliflower bites, you can also add some garlic powder and onion powder into the mixture while you’re marinating the florets.
- To get those perfect-looking bites, use panko breadcrumbs instead of the regular breadcrumbs.
- For some extra crunch factor and deliciousness, add some roughly chopped walnuts onto the baking dish when you get the cauliflower out to flip it and bake again for the last 5 minutes.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
Your BBQ roasted cauliflower bites can be served as is or paired with any other main of your choice. I almost always team them up with my Instant Pot garlic pesto whole chicken or have it as a side with any of my favorite curries- the pumpkin and eggplant rogan josh or chickpea coconut curry, both of which are great for vegetarians.
BBQ Roasted Cauliflower Bites
- 1 medium cauliflower head
- 3 tbsp barbeque sauce
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start by preheating the oven at 450˚F. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the cauliflower together.
- Add the cauliflower florets and give it a good mix. Ensure that all the florets are coated well in the mixture. You could add more barbeque sauce if needed.
- Let it rest for 15 minutes before spreading it all out on a baking tray and baking it for 15 or until the inside is cooked.
- Flip the cauliflower florets over and bake them again for 5 minutes, so that all the sides are nice and crispy.