Crunchy Cauliflower Bites with Curry-Lime Aioli


Reminiscent of chicken nuggets, this cauliflower is a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. Want to get another veg on your child's plate? This easy vegetable dish also works with broccoli and can be served as an appetizer, side or vegetarian main course. You can also swap in a dairy-free mayonnaise to make these easy cauliflower bites vegan.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour

  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 10 tablespoons water

  • ¼ teaspoon grated lime zest

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice plus 1 1/4 teaspoons, divided

  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided

  • 6 cups 1 1/2-inch cauliflower florets (from 1 medium head)

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¾ teaspoon curry powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  2. Combine flour, cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk in water and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Combine breadcrumbs, cumin, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in another large bowl.

  3. Working in batches, place several cauliflower florets in the batter and stir to coat. Let excess batter drip off, then toss lightly in the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Transfer to the prepared pan. Repeat with the remaining florets.

  4. Bake the cauliflower, stirring once, until golden, 30 to 40 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, curry powder, lime zest and the remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl.

  6. Serve the cauliflower with the aioli and more cilantro, if desired.

    crunchy cauliflower bites


To make ahead: Refrigerate aioli (Step 5) for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
22g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 42IU 1%
Vitamin C 79mg 88%
Folate 132mcg 33%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 41mg 10%
Potassium 574mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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