Keto Low Carb Bang Bang Cauliflower

Crispy cauliflower bites drizzled in a low carb version of bang bang sauce. This dish is super flavorful and tastes like the original!
close-up photo of low carb bang bang cauliflower

A few years ago I shared a recipe for Bang Bang Cauliflower, my twist on the popular Bang Bang shrimp appetizer, and it became one of my favorite recipes to make. Since I’ve been making more low carb and keto-friendly recipes lately, I wanted to create a keto version of my bang bang cauliflower that is just as tasty.
photo of a plate of low carb bang bang cauliflower

Low Carb Bang Bang Sauce

Bang Bang sauce was made popular by the restaurant chain Bonefish grill. The sauce is a blend of Asian ingredients and usually made with sweet chili sauce, sriracha, mayonnaise and honey. The end result is a sauce that is savory, sweet and spicy. It is super flavorful and the sauce goes well with just about anything.

For this low carb version, I made my own sweet chili sauce by using pure chili paste and mixing it with a low carb sweetener. The end result is something that is quite similar to the original.

Low Carb Crispy Cauliflower

Normally, the cauliflower is coated with panko breadcrumbs. To make it low carb, the cauliflower is coated in a low carb breading consisting of almond flour and parmesan cheese.

photo of cauliflower florets coated in low carb breading and parmesan cheese

I already shared a recipe for crispy low carb cauliflower bites and used the same method to make these cauliflower bites. If you need more detailed tips, be sure to check out my crispy low carb cauliflower bites post which breaks down how to prepare the cauliflower in detail.

Once coated, the cauliflower can be fried, baked, or air fried. Frying will produce the most even golden coating and the cauliflower will stay crunchy longer. Baking or air frying will also produce crunchy cauliflower, though the breading will not brown as evenly.

overhead photo of low carb bang bang cauliflower

Keto Low Carb Bang Bang Cauliflower

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

A low carb version of bang bang sauce drizzled over crispy cauliflower that is coated in a low carb breading. This low carb version is just as tasty as the original!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces (about 1/2 a large head of cauliflower)
  • cooking oil for frying
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley finely chopped

Breading

  • 1 cup superfine almond flour
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese use fresh and not shelf-stable kind

Bang bang sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chili paste I used sambal
  • 1 tbsp erythritol granular
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg with heavy cream. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour and cheese. Set aside.
  3. Line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon a small amount of breading onto your sheet pan (just enough to cover the bottom of a cauliflower bite).
  4. Dip a piece of cauliflower in the egg wash. After it is fully coated, shake it a few times, making sure to shake off any excess egg drippings back into the egg bowl before adding it to the breading. The reason for doing this is that you don't want the egg drippings going into the breading. The moisture will cause the breading to clump and they will no longer stick to the cauliflower.
  5. Place the cauliflower piece onto the small mound of bread crumbs, applying a little pressure so those breading sticks to the bottom of the cauliflower.
  6. Spoon a small amount of breading over the cauliflower and then use your fingers to press the breading onto the cauliflower until it is fully coated. Make sure the coating is not too thick. You want the cauliflower to be completely covered but you don't want the coating to be too thick because it will fall off when fried. It is important to keep your hands dry and breading in a separate bowl so that the breading does not get too damp.

  7. Carefully set the cauliflower aside onto a clean part of your baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.
  8. To deep fry the cauliflower, pour 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil into a pot. When the oil reaches 350F, add a few pieces of breaded cauliflower. You may need to stir the cauliflower a few times to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook a few minutes until a deep golden brown. Remove cauliflower with a slotted spoon and place onto a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.
  9. To make the bang bang sauce, add all sauce ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed. If you prefer less spicy, use less sriracha. If you leave out the sriracha completely you may want to add a little vinegar to the sauce.
  10. Drizzle bang bang sauce over cauliflower. It's better to drizzle the sauce over the cauliflower to prevent the breading from getting soft from the sauce. Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • Finely grate the parmesan cheese so that it resembles grains of sand. I used my food processor.
  • The cauliflower can also be baked or air fried. For those instructions, see my crispy low carb cauliflower post.
  • Adding heavy cream to the egg will make it easier to coat.
  • If you do not like to eat very spicy, you may want to reduce or leave out the sriracha sauce. If you leave out the sriracha, I recommend adding a little vinegar to the sauce.
  • I used sambal chili paste.*
  • I used So Nourished Erythritol Sweetener Granular.*
  • *Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).
  • Nutritional information does not include oil for frying . Nutrition facts assume all of the egg wash and breading is used, but in actuality, you will not use all the breading. Nutrition facts also assumes you will use all the sauce but I had leftover sauce. Estimated Nutrition Information does not include carbs from erythritol
Nutrition Facts
Keto Low Carb Bang Bang Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 546mg24%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 42.9mg52%
Calcium 362mg36%
Iron 1.9mg11%
Net Carbs 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

4 comments on “Keto Low Carb Bang Bang Cauliflower”

  1. Hello! I had fun cruising around your website/blog. Your recipe for Bang, Bang Cauliflower intrigued me!! I love the name!! And I love anything with cauliflower in it. While at our friendly grocery store just down the street to get the cauliflower, I asked if they had any erythritol. The grocer said,
    “Huh???? What is that?” Well, I didn’t know what it was, either, so I just used sugar! I had purchased a large chunk of parmesean cheese, so I grated that up. I had the rest of the ingredients. We have an herb garden down behind the condo and there was plenty of parsley. The cauliflower dish turned out great … very yummy. Thanks for sharing!

    • erythritol is a common sugar substitute for people on low carb or keto diets. You can find it at Whole Foods and I usually buy mine on Amazon. Swerve is a popular brand. But if you don’t need to avoid sugar, you can definitely use sugar. You can also try out my normal bang bang sauce which uses honey as the sweetener and sweet thai chili sauce. https://kirbiecravings.com/bang-bang-cauliflower/

  2. Wow this recipe sounds so delicious I cannot wait to try it out. Is there any chance you could make this with frozen cauliflower? Thanks!

    • I have not tried this with frozen cauliflower. It may be harder to coat and fry because of how much moisture is in frozen cauliflower

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