This recipe for 15-Minute Sticky Sesame Cauliflower is crispy, saucy, and takeout-inspired! It’s a healthy weeknight dinner option that’s ready in a flash. Serve it over rice or in lettuce wraps for a simple meal.
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.
Sticky Sesame Cauliflower: A Takeout-Style Meal You Can Make at Home
Roasted cauliflower florets are coated in a sticky glaze that is equally sweet and savory, full of umami and spice. This recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes!
I enjoy eating this cauliflower inside a lettuce wrap – the cool and crunchy texture of romaine is a nice counterpoint to a sticky sauce. However if you want this to be more filling I recommend serving over a bed of rice with some lentils or tofu for protein.
Ingredients in Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
- Small to medium head cauliflower
- Soy sauce (or coconut aminos if gluten-free)
- Maple syrup
- Rice vinegar
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Sesame oil
- Ginger (powdered or fresh)
- Cornstarch, to thicken the sauce
Can this recipe with sesame glaze be made ahead?
Yes! While this sticky sesame sauce is ready in just 5 minutes, feel free to make it in advance and store in the fridge until ready to use. I would note that it will thicken more while cooling, so you may want to cut the amount of cornstarch down to 1 TBS while boiling.
Looking for more takeout-inspired recipes? Try one of these next:
- 20-Minute Spicy Peanut Noodle Soup
- 15-Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles
- Tofu Meal Prep: Peanut Tofu, Sesame Tofu, and Orange Tofu Recipes
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