Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

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For this recipe, we use simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen – flour, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, & more – and if you don’t, we’ll link some options for ya so that you do!

In addition to the spices & fresh veggies, you’ll need:

flour + water

maple syrup or agave

soy sauce

rice vinegar

sesame oil

cornstarch + water

and sesame seeds

So what’s stopping you? Make these ASAP- you won’t be disappointed. Find the full recipe below!

You can top our veggie fried rice (recipe HERE) with this dish for an AMAZING flavor combo.

& if you like this recipe, check out some of our other delish appetizers:

Cheezy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Baked Tofu Nuggets w/ Sweet Mustard

Spicy BBQ Cauli Wingz

Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

This is one of our all-time favorite recipes and we are so excited to share it with all of you. We hope you love it as much as our family does. Enjoy!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner


For the battered cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tsp olive oil or parchment paper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water

For the sweet & sour sauce:

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or sub agave
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger chopped
  • 1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce optional
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup water


  • 2 green onions chopped
  • Sesame seeds


  • Start by greasing a large baking sheet with olive oil (or line with parchment paper) & preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, make the batter by combining water and flour. Mix well until there are no chunks.
  • Dunk each piece of cauliflower into the flour/water mixture and let excess batter drip off before placing on the greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (flip halfway & cook until crispy).
  • While the cauliflower is baking, make the sauce! In a deep pan, over medium heat, combine the soy sauce with the maple syrup and whisk.
  • Then, add rice vinegar and sesame oil to the mixture and mix.
  • Next, add the chopped garlic, ginger and chili garlic sauce (if using). Mix.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water. Mix this until it is dissolved.
  • Add the cornstarch/water to the sauce and mix again.
  • Let the sauce cook until it becomes thick and sticky (you may need to turn the heat up a bit for this to happen)!
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower in the sauce and then transfer to a serving bowl. Top with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!

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    • tina
    • March 2, 2017

    This is absolutely delicious!!! So excited to try more recipes on your blog!

    • Karla Meyer
    • February 12, 2020

    5 stars
    I made the sweet and sour cauliflower and it was fabulous…my family and I couldn’t get enough ? it’s one of our new favorites!! I love all of your recipes…they’re beautiful and all look so yummy not to mention your presentation is exquisite!! Very talented ladies and I always look forward to your posts ❤️

    • Sarah Miles
    • February 12, 2020

    5 stars
    This is my go to sweet and sour recipe!!!

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    • Amber H.
    • March 30, 2020

    5 stars
    This recipe has become a regular in our home. Even our little guy who is almost 3 loves it and always asks for extra helpings, which is rare! We love serving it over brown rice. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    • Marianna
    • May 15, 2020

    5 stars
    the sauce is absolutely delicious!

    • Rachel
    • May 16, 2020

    5 stars
    Just made this and oh my! it is so good. I subbed for the agave syrup, as it’s hard to find maple syrup in Spain. Thanks for satisfying a craving. This has been my favorite dish I’ve cooked in quarantine! 🙂

    • Lorraine
    • August 22, 2020

    Love most Of your recipes I can’t wait to get trying thank you

    • Kiren
    • August 22, 2020

    5 stars
    These were delicious!! I’m not too big on cauliflower but these made it so enjoyable for me, thanks! 🙂 Can’t wait to make them again

    • Millie
    • October 12, 2020

    I made this tonight for myself and my 3.5 year old daughter, who has struggled with sometimes-extreme pickiness for the past year. I served hers with the sauce on the side, and within moments she was dipping happily and exclaiming, “yum, this is good!” I really enjoyed it, too. I have two more of your recipes on the menu this week!

    • Ashley
    • December 29, 2020

    This was awesome. My 4 year old who hates sauces even ate it! New favorite for our family.

    • Jen
    • January 12, 2021

    Can you use almond flour?

    • Laurene
    • June 1, 2021

    5 stars
    Finally got around to making this today & was not disappointed…SO incredibly yummy!!

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