Make Atwater Brewery’s Vegan Wings at Home with This Recipe

A veggie-forward take on an all-time pub favorite
vegan wings
Atwater Brewery’s vegan wings

Looking for a satisfying plant-based snack? Atwater Brewery’s got you covered. The local business is sharing a recipe for its vegan wings, which are made from cauliflower and covered in a delicious “secret sauce.”

How to Make Atwater Brewery’s Vegan Wings 


2 heads cauliflower

Frying oil

Wax or parchment paper

Secret Sauce

16 oz. Frank’s Redhot (or similar vinegar-based hot sauce)

1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp. paprika

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp. black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until completely blended together.

Dry Batter

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp. paprika

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp. black pepper


If using whole heads of cauliflower, remove the pieces of leafy stem, and cut the stalk out from the bottom using a paring knife. Once the stem is gone, snap the whole florets off in large pieces. Do this with both heads until you have 15-16 large pieces. Alternatively, you can skip this step entirely by purchasing cauliflower florets. If the florets are larger than 2 inches wide, cut them in half. Add cauliflower into the bowl of Secret Sauce, cover, and refrigerate overnight. 

The next day, combine all dry batter ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a fork until all ingredients are well combined. Remove cauliflower from Secret Sauce mixture and let the excess liquid drip off — the less sauce that goes into the dry batter, the easier it will be to coat the florets. Toss each piece into the dry batter and place on a sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper. Repeat this process until all of the ‘wings’ are coated in dry batter.

Deep-fry at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes, then strain and plate cauliflower ‘wings’. Garnish with ranch dressing, blue cheese, hot sauce, or whatever your favorite dressing.

Atwater Brewery & Tap House, 237 Jos Campau, Detroit; 313-877-9205; and 1175 Lakepoint St., Grosse Pointe, Park; 313-344-5104;

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