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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!
4.60 from 10 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!