Cauliflower Popcorn is our family's favorite popcorn topping on top of roasted cauliflower. It's a healthy and low-carb snack/appetizer that's totally addictive.

Cauliflower popcorn in a glass bowl with a little sriracha over the top.

We've just turned cauliflower into popcorn! Which is either genius or sacrilegious. While the cauliflower obviously doesn't have the crunch we expect from popcorn, the flavor is amazing. And since it tastes just like the popcorn we always make, we're ok calling it cauliflower popcorn.

What is so special about cauliflower popcorn

  • The spicy buttery sauce is so delicious.
  • Two types of hot sauce make it extra tasty. We've got sriracha AND a vinegary hot sauce like Tapatio or Frank's.
  • Nutritional yeast adds a cheese-like flavor.
  • Bite-sized niblets made for snacking.
  • Healthy snacking that we can all feel good about eating.

Whether you're watching a movie, hosting a Super Bowl party, or just feel like munching, these little cauliflower bites will hit the spot.

Cauliflower Popcorn on a baking sheet.

How to make this sriracha cauliflower popcorn recipe

  1. Melt a little butter then mix in sriracha, hot sauce, paprika, and salt. ← Yes, we use two types of hot sauce for the best flavor!
  2. Pour this spicy butter over the cauliflower then put it into your oven to roast.
  3. When it's tender with lots of dark spots, take it out and generously sprinkle nutritional yeast over the top.

That's it! You've just made yourself a healthy, popcorn-like treat!

A hand holding a piece of Cauliflower Popcorn.

Favorite party appetizers

This faux popcorn is great to serve at a party. You may want to have some toothpicks beside them so people don't end up with ‘popcorn fingers'.

Here are a few other great recipes that are party-approved:

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Cauliflower popcorn in a glass bowl with a little sriracha over the top.

Cauliflower Popcorn

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Cauliflower Popcorn is our family's favorite popcorn topping on top of roasted cauliflower. It's a healthy and low-carb snack/side dish that's totally addictive.


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Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter (dairy-free, if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: sriracha and hot sauce (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika and salt
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees. Place the cauliflower on a large baking sheet.
  2. Melt the butter then stir in the sriracha, hot sauce, paprika, and salt. Pour this over the cauliflower and mix to coat.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  4. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast over the roasted cauliflower and toss to coat. Serve right away.

Notes

We like the flavor best when we mix sriracha with a vinegar-based hot sauce such as Tapatio or Frank's.

If you like it spicy, serve the cauliflower popcorn with a little extra sriracha drizzled over the top.

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