Inspired by General Tso’s sauce, this Sticky Sesame Cauliflower recipe is a fun dinner option the whole family will enjoy! A healthy dinner that’s totally vegan
I would like to clarify something right off the bat– this cauliflower is in no way intended to be a substitute for chicken! I thought it would be fun to take a dish that is traditionally very unhealthy and transform it with plant-based ingredients. Also, it’s important to note, this is not an authentic Asian recipe! I am not an authority in that space. This simply draws inspiration from a cuisine I admire and like learning about.
If you’ve read other posts on this website, you know I love the transformative powers of cauliflower. One large head has only 210 calories, 16 grams of protein, and 674% of your daily Vitamin C needs! Not like I arte an entire head, or anything…
This recipe takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Please leave a comment to let me know how you like it, and tag @garlichead on Instagram so I can see your creations! Recipe inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie.
- 1 small-medium sized head of cauliflower, chopped into bite sized florets (~5 cups)
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
- 1/4 cup liquid sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey, and agave all work)
- 1/4 cup lite rice vinegar
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 TBS crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp sesame or coconut oil
- 2 tsp powdered ginger (or 1 TBS minced fresh ginger)
- 1 and 1/2 TBS cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- Sesame seeds, lettuce wraps for serving
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray/oil a baking tray and line cauliflower in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes.
- While cauliflower is baking, combine soy sauce, liquid sweetener, rice vinegar, garlic, red pepper if using, oil, and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- In a separate cup, whisk cornstarch and water. Add this cup to the boiling sauce mixture as soon as it is rapidly bubbling. Cook for 2 minutes over medium heat. The sauce will begin to thicken, so continue to stir!
- Remove sauce from heat. After 10 minutes of time in the oven, flip cauliflower and bake 8-10 minutes more (until browned but not burned). Remove from oven and add to a large bowl. Pour sauce over cauliflower and mix thoroughly.
- Serve in lettuce wraps garnished with sesame seeds.