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Sesame Cauliflower

Sesame Cauliflower is a delicious, incredibly flavorful way to put an Asian-inspired vegetarian meal on the table any night of the week. It’s a super simple recipe that takes just 20 minutes to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 194kcal



Sesame Sauce



  • Whisk together 3 tablespoons of soy sauce with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to create a thick slurry.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower florets with the soy sauce and cornstarch mixture. Toss well.
  • Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the battered cauliflower florets.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until browned and crispy. This will take anywhere from 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the florets. Remove to a plate.

Sesame Sauce

  • While the cauliflower is cooking, combine all of the ingredients for the sesame sauce in a medium bowl and whisk well.
  • Pour the sauce into the same skillet used for the cauliflower and raise the heat to bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the desired thickness is reached, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir the cauliflower back into the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and/or sliced green onions, if desired. Serve on its own or over rice, noodles, or spaghetti squash.



Tips and Techniques

  • Use low sodium soy sauce for a less salty tasting recipe.
  • You can make this a spicy sesame cauliflower recipe simply by mixing a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper into the sesame sauce.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-5 days.

How to Make This Recipe Gluten Free

To make this recipe gluten free, be sure that your soy sauce is gluten free and serve over rice, gluten free noodles or spaghetti squash.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1545mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg