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three lettuce wraps filled with sticky sesame cauliflower on a black plate

15-Minute Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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.


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  • 1 small to medium head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup lite rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil*
  • 2 tsp powdered ginger (or 1 TBS minced fresh ginger)
  • 1 and 1/2 TBS cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sesame seeds, romaine lettuce wraps, or cooked rice for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray/oil a baking tray and line cauliflower in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes.
  2. While cauliflower is baking, combine soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, garlic, red pepper if using, oil, and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. 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!
  4. Remove sauce from heat. After 10 minutes of time in the oven, flip cauliflower and bake 5-10 minutes more (until browned but not burned). Remove from oven and add to the pan with the sauce. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Serve in lettuce wraps garnished with sesame seeds or over a bed of rice.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: One third of recipe
  • Calories: 103 calories
  • Sugar: 11.9 grams
  • Sodium: 649.7 milligrams
  • Fat: 1.3 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 20.4 grams
  • Fiber: 2.6 grams
  • Protein: 3.9 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams