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Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn

Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn is an addictive, healthy snack seasoned with flavorful spices that you won’t be able to stop enjoying!

Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn in a glass jar tipped on its side with Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn spilling out onto a napkin.

If you own a dehydrator (which you most likely do since you’re reading this post), do I have the perfect recipe for you. Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn!

Dehydrated cauliflower is one of those overlooked treats but once you make it, it’ll be on permanent rotation. And SPICED CAULIFLOWER POPCORN sounds just too good to pass up, right?!

But of course I love this dehydrated cauliflower recipe. You already know that I’m a spice fiend. To the point that I maintain another website, Jalapeño Mania, where I share tons of recipes from other foodies and bloggers. My best contributor to that site (and favorite…shhh) is, BY FAR, Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn

Mike always delivers with solid recipes that are easy enough for just about anyone to make yet are off the flavor charts! I don’t know him personally and have no skin in this game other than a love for spicy foods and recipes that make me glad to be alive.

Enter his new cookbook!

{Which is where this Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn recipe comes from.}

Mike has created so many exciting recipes using his dehydrator. And yeah, “exciting’ isn’t normally a word that comes to mind when I’m thinking about doing some dehydrating. But with stellar recipes like Sriracha Leather, Kiwi-Blueberry Leather, Steakhouse Beef Jerky and Wicked Veggie Chips, I feel that word truly works here.

Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn

So far, however, my personal favorite is the dehydrated cauliflower popcorn (officially called “Spiced Cauliflower Popcorn” in his book). It’s healthy, spicy and so flavorful!

You can order Mike’s book, “The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook”, on Amazon among other places. You can even browse it in your local bookstores!

If you don’t have a dehydrator yet or you’re looking for another, Mike’s hosting a giveaway and you can enter through February 2nd!

Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn in a glass jar tipped on its side with Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn spilling out onto a napkin.

Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn in a glass jar tipped on its side with Dehydrated Cauliflower Popcorn spilling out onto a napkin.

Dehydrated Spiced Cauliflower Popcorn

Yield: 1 cups (total yield)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes

I used smoked paprika and regular cayenne since that's what I had on hand. Delicious!
"Cauliflower dehydrates to crumbly little bites that are reminiscent of popcorn. Because of its mild flavor, you can introduce any flavors you’d like. I enjoy my snacks with a spicy kick, so I’ve used hot sauce along with chili powder, though you can adapt this to your own tastes." - Michael Hultquist, author of "The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook"


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  1. Rinse the cauliflower and chop the florets into bites slightly larger than popcorn. Toss them in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Get them nicely coated with all the seasonings. If you need to, go ahead and add in a few more dashes of hot sauce.
  2. Spread the mixture out onto a couple dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 8-12 hours at 130 degrees F, or until they are completely dried through. You can eat them when they are not completely dried, but they will be chewier. Drying all the way through will result in crunchier “popcorn”.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place in airtight baggies. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 799mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

Kristy Bernardo
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Sunday 18th of July 2021

My cardiologist strongly advises me against eating coconut oil as it has more saturated fat than almost any other source. What oil would you suggest I use instead?


Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

@Rafi, I just made dehydrated zucchini, the recipe called for olive oil, it was great and I didn't have to use very much oil. I'm going to try it with this recipe as my Dr says not to eat any coconut, it isn't good for my cholesterol.


Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Can you spread the cauliflower popcorn on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and air-dry this in the oven on the lowest setting?

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Hi Sue, I'm not sure but I don't see why not.

Artie Skeeter

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

This recipe has way too much hot spice in it. I have extra cauliflower from our garden and thought I would try it. Pretty much this popcorn cauliflower was inedible. Did you mean 4 teaspoons of hot sauce and not 4 Tablespoons? Yikes. Waste of a garden grown cauliflower. BTW the hot sauce I used is: "Tapatio" brand.

Cheryl Matheson

Thursday 10th of February 2022

@Artie Skeeter, I just made this recipe and I used Frank's red hot and it was fine. A hotter sauce and I can imagine it would make a big difference. I also didn't use the full amount of cayanne. I felt mine could have been hotter

Karen Zucconi

Thursday 31st of December 2020

@Artie Skeeter, I just put mine in now, so I haven't tasted it, but I think that the 4 Tablespoons is so that it will spread to all the pieces. That being said, I'm using Franks which is more tangy than hot.

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Hi Artie, the recipe comes from a cookbook (see the post above). I've made it many times and love it! Sorry it didn't work for you.


Friday 5th of June 2020

Hi! If I want to omit the hot sauce (not a fan of pre-made sauces) is there something else I could substitute it with? Thanks!


Saturday 9th of May 2020

Hi. Do you make this from raw or balance it first?

Kristy Bernardo

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Hi Julie, I'm not sure what you mean by "balance" but there's no need to cook it first.

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