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A fork inserted into a white bowl filled with Air Fryer Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings topped with sesame seeds and sliced scallions on top of a marble surface with a white napkin.

Air Fryer Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings (Easy and Crispy)

If you're looking for a healthier alternative to chicken wings, these Air Fryer Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings are just what you need! With a perfect balance of sweet and tangy, these cauliflower florets transform into crispy, glazed bites that are sure to please. And, it only takes 20 minutes to make!

  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into even sized florets
  • 1 cup milk (or plant-based milk)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray

For the teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • Corn starch slurry (optional)

For the garnish:


  1. After cutting up the cauliflower into florets, set them aside.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together the milk, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place the cauliflower florets into the milk mixture, and toss to coat thoroughly.
  4. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  5. Place the Panko bread crumbs in another bowl. Dredge the cauliflower florets into the bread crumbs to thoroughly coat, a few florets at a time.
  6. Tap off any excess bread crumb batter and place the florets into the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure not to overlap. (You may have to cook these in batches.) Air fry at 350F degrees for 15-20 minutes (depending on your air fryer), tossing halfway through.
  7. The cauliflower wings are ready when they're crispy and slightly golden brown. Remove and keep warm.

Make the teriyaki sauce:

  1. While the cauliflower is cooking, make the teriyaki sauce.
  2. Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat, and slowly whisk until the sauce has thickened (about 10 minutes). Watch carefully so as not to burn!
  3. If you want the sauce thicker, slowly add in the corn starch slurry until desired thickness.
  4. Reserve about a 1/4 of the sauce for drizzling.

Assemble the dish:

  1. Place the air-fried cauliflower wings into a large mixing bowl. Toss with the teriyaki sauce, thoroughly coating each wing. 
  2. Place the teriyaki cauliflower wings on a serving platter and drizzle with more sauce. Garnish with the scallions and sesame seeds, and serve with any extra sauce on the side.


  • It's best to cut the cauliflower florets into the same sized pieces so they will air fry evenly.
  • Dry the cauliflower florets before dredging or the batter will not adhere as well.
  • Shake off the excess batter from the florets or you'll have a mess at the bottom of the air fryer.
  • Don't overcrowd the air fryer or the cauliflower will stick together. Place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure not to overlap the florets. Cook in batches if necessary.

Watch a short video of this recipe.

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Japanese-Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 394
  • Sugar: 31.4 g
  • Sodium: 955.3 mg
  • Fat: 3.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 79.3 g
  • Protein: 14.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.2 mg

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