This recipe, we put together this crispy and flavourful popcorn cauliflower, a vegan and weight-loss friendly alternative to popcorn chicken
Serves 4
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Feeling peckish? Instead of reaching for the usual pre-packaged snacks, take some time to whip up a bowl of hot and spicy ‘popcorn chicken’. For seasoning, we used onion and garlic powder, together with some spices – making for a low fat and vegan-friendly way to replicate the party favourite. The best part? You can leave most of the work to your air-fryer!


  • 2 tbsps linseed meal
  • ¼ cup (70 g) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps hot sauce
  • 1⅔ cups (250 g) plain flour
  • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 medium cauliflower (1.5 kg)
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Hot sauce and lemon wedges, to serve

Combine linseed meal with ⅔ cup (160 ml) water in a large bowl; stand for 5 mins or until thickened. Add mustard and hot sauce; stir to combine.


Combine flour, onion powder, garlic powder and spices in a second large bowl; season with salt.


Cut cauliflower into 2.5 cm florets.


Preheat a 5.3 litre air fryer to 180 C for 3 mins.


Add cauliflower to linseed mixture; stir to coat. Working in batches, toss cauliflower in flour mixture to coat; spray generously with oil.


Taking care, pull out the air-fryer pan and basket; place half the coated cauliflower in basket. Slide pan and basket back into appliance. Keep temperature set at 180 C; set timer for 10 mins. Cook until cauliflower is golden. Transfer popcorn cauliflower to a bowl; season with salt. Cover to keep warm. Repeat cooking with remaining coated cauliflower.


Serve popcorn cauliflower with hot sauce and lemon wedges.

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