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Shake & Bake Cauliflower

Is it possible to be addicted to cauliflower???

parmesan cauliflower

I swear, this shake and bake cauliflower is possibly even more addictive than popcorn or potato chips.

One taste and it’s impossible to stop… until suddenly the entire bowl is gone!

Luckily, it’s super easy to make more.

Like the name says, you simply throw the ingredients into a bag, shake it all together, and bake until crispy.

Then you can devour the evidence and repeat the process all over again!

Growing up, I always loved Shake’n Bake Chicken, more for the addictively crunchy breadcrumb coating than for the actual chicken.

So, after the incredible success of my Sticky Sesame Cauliflower recipe, when I started brainstorming additional recipes I could make using cauliflower instead of chicken, the “shake and bake” idea was an immediate next choice.

Obviously this does not taste exactly like chicken… but if you are a cauliflower fan, you might like it even more than the original chicken version!

shake and bake cauliflower

I once read an article where the author claimed it’s only possible to become addicted to processed foods and that no one can be addicted to vegetables.

This made me laugh and think that the author clearly had never tried roasted cauliflower!

Crispy Shake & Bake Cauliflower Recipe
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Shake & Bake Cauliflower

Simply throw everything into a bag, shake it all together, and bake until crispy!
4.85/5 (13)
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 3 – 4 servings


  • 1/2 a large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup fine cornmeal or flour
  • 1-2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Italian panko breadcrumbs (regular or gf)
  • 3-4 tsp nutritional yeast or parmesan (such as vegan Parma)


  • Finely crush the breadcrumbs, either in a blender (easiest method) or by placing them in a bag and crushing with a rolling pin or heavy object. Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut the cauliflower up into florets. Whisk together the other ingredients except breadcrumbs, then toss everything (except breadcrumbs) together in a large ziploc. Put the cauliflower in a colander to drain off excess batter. Toss with the breadcrumbs. Arrange in 1 layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven. (Note: If you want to use oil spray instead of oil, feel free to experiment. I’ve not tried it and so can’t say how it would affect the taste/texture. Plain breadcrumbs can be subbed for the Italian, but you'll probably want to add some Italian seasonings.)
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Leftover cauliflower? Make this Cauliflower Alfredo Recipe.

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What’s your favorite way to eat cauliflower? Roasted in the oven? Pureed into a creamy sauce or soup?

Or maybe in this Healthy Chocolate Cake???

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Published on June 5, 2017

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  1. Melissa Griffiths says

    We make something really close to this and my kids don’t even know it’s a vegetable, they taste so good! I’m going to have to try your sticky seasame cauliflower, it looks delicious!

  2. Kat says

    This looks absolutely phenomenal! Such a great idea, wish I could have some right now. I bet you could do it with other veggies too

  3. claudia says

    Katie’s gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
    And then she’s gonna bake , bake, bake, bake, bake
    Baby I’m just gonna do the same, same, same, same, same
    And eat it all, eat it all

    Next hit!
    Available in iTunes! Lol

  4. Anna says

    I have an extra packet of Shake and Bake in my cupboard. This recipe has inspired me to try the shake and bake on cauliflower directly! I’ll probably need a bit of oil to get it to stick though. I’ll report back if it works out 🙂

    • Jen says

      Did it work??? I have the above recipe in the oven right now but the whole time I was wondering if literal store bought Shake ‘N Bake would work.

  5. Taryn says

    I just made this and it is AWESOME!

    I don’t really remember shake and bake chicken or think I’ve ever had it, but this reminds me of popcorn chicken. It is delicious!

  6. jordan @ dancing for donuts says

    okay these looks DELICIOUS. admittedly, cauliflower is not my favorite thing in the world, but it is SO versatile and whenever i have it out at restaurants i love it. hopefully this recipe will make me love having it at home too! thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Maria says

    The author who said that is crazy. Wouldn’t most people agree that summer fruit is pretty addictive?

    On a more related note, this will sound crazy, but I have tried so many new cauliflower recipes recently that are based off of some sort of non-cauliflower original, and I have loved them all!! So I can add shake-n-bake cauli to the collection of things I’ve never had but will probably love.

  8. Cathy says

    I have a cauliflower sitting in my fridge. It was just waiting for this recipe! Yummy! And you sure can get addicted to vegetables! I am totally addicted to asparagus right now!

  9. Kathie Arias says

    Whoever said that about not being able to become addicted to vegetables is ALL wrong! They definitely haven’t tried your recipes! It’s a matter of knowing how to cook them and being creative. This recipe sounds wonderful. Cauliflower is delicious and mixing it up with this looks irresistible. Thank you for sharing such a delicious-sounding recipe. I look forward to giving it a go soon!

  10. Karen says

    I’m going out to the farmstead now!
    When you say “Note: If you want to use oil spray instead of oil,” do you mean to spray the cauiliflower before or after it goes in the batter?

  11. Margaret says

    I had to make this right away, and it was amazing! Definitely addictive! I even used frozen cauliflower cause I was feeling lazy, and it worked great.

  12. Cassie Tran says

    I’ve never had Shake n’ Bake chicken before, but I absolutely love the idea of this recipe! The cauliflower looks so crispy and decadent. It’s probably perfect with ketchup, Sriracha, or even barbecue sauce!

  13. Deanne says

    I made this for dinner tonight.. absolutely delicious and so filling.. what a wonderfully healthy and economical meal.. we had it alone with some dippy sauce.. My Husband said this is is new favourite meal..

  14. Janet Paula says

    I forgot the oil but the bread crumbs adhered to all the cauliflower. Why do you need oil in the first place. Is it used only to help the bread crumbs stick to the cauliflower? Thanks.

  15. Crystal says

    This is my first time commenting but I had to. Amazing. I included the nutritional yeast and added garlic powder, giving it a “mac and cheese” feel . I doubled the recipe so I could use a whole cauliflower and between my non-vegan/cheese loving boyfriend and I, it was gone by the end of the night, (followed by your Reece’s eggs, his favorite). All of Katie’s recipes are amazing and, even as a loose vegetarian, I make at least one recipe daily (oats, smoothies, desserts, everything) but I had to comment on this one because, as my boyfriend said, “F&*% cheese”. I now have full permission to feed him your vegan mac and cheese, and I’m going to have fun and add this to it as well as try broccoli done up the same way for a tasty, veggie filled feast. Katie, you really are a step above any other recipe related blog. Thank you!!

    • Jason Sanford says

      This comment made me laugh, mostly because I can relate to your boyfriend in the story. (I’m not a full vegan, but even just a few years ago I never would have thought I’d like any so-called “vegan” recipes.)

  16. Amanda says

    I made this tonight in the air fryer. Yummy! 390 for 13 minutes and the family loved it. Next time I will add some Italian seasoning to give it a bit more oomph.

    • Jason Sanford says

      So cool it works in an air fryer! Italian breadcrumbs should already be seasoned, so yeah definitely add in seasonings if subbing plain breadcrumbs.

  17. Kristen says

    Just made this for dinner and it is so delicious! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Loved it!

  18. Sue says

    I love your sticky sesame cauliflower and was going to make some tonight, but after seeing this, I think I’ll switch to Shake & Bake!

  19. Symone Clark-McGuire says

    I don’t usually leave comments but just wanted to say that these were amazing Katie, thank you! I was slightly sceptical that they would taste too “vegetable-y” but they are so yummy!

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