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Sticky Sesame Cauliflower 

 August 23, 2020

Written By Kristina

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When trying to eat low-carb or "healthy," takeout food is usually big no-no, especially Asian. But who can deny all those rich, bold flavors of true Asian cuisine? 

This recipe has been a go-to of mine when I'm craving something packed with flavor, slightly sweet and salty, that brings a nice crunch to the table. I also can't get enough of fresh garlic and ginger; you always feel better after eating a good dose of these antioxidant powerhouses! Cauliflower is also super low-calorie, and high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A great vegetable addition to any healthy, well-rounded diet. 

This recipe is very quick, requires few ingredients, and will satisfy your Asian takeout craving! 

Enjoy!

What You'll Need 

  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small pieces  
  • 1 tbs. olive oil or coconut oil 
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos 
  • ⅛ cup honey 
  • 1 ½ tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil 
  • ½ tsp. ginger root, minced 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum or 1 tsp. cornstarch / arrowroot powder for thickening

To garnish:

  • sesame seeds
  • green onion, chopped

If you plan on using coconut oil to roast your cauliflower, be aware that the coconut taste comes out strong in the recipe. The same goes with coconut aminos. If you don't love a strong coconut flavor, opt for the alternate options. 

Preparing Your Meal 

First, you'll want to prepare all your ingredients for a smooth cooking process. 

Place your cauliflower bits in a bowl and coat with the olive or coconut oil

Line a baking sheet and spread cauliflower out evenly. Roast in a preheated 450°F oven for 12 minutes, turning once half way through. You want a nice golden brown color, and slightly soft cauliflower. Taste a piece to make sure it's not too hard. 


While your cauliflower is roasting, start preparing your sauce by adding soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and honey into a medium sized saucepan. Cook on medium heat while stirring often. 

At this point, you can slowly add your xanthan gum or arrowroot powder strait to the pan (a little goes a long way) or add your slurry of cornstarch and water. Continue mixing until sauce starts to thicken. 

Once sauce is quite thick, add your roasted cauliflower and toss, coating all the pieces well. 

Return pot strait into the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Remove, top with sesame seeds and chopped green onion, and serve immediately. 

Enjoy this recipe as a side to any Asian inspired meal, or simply as a healthy and satisfying snack. 

Enjoy this simple 30 minute recipe that is packed with flavor, nutrients and vitamins!

Cheers & Eat Well,

Kristina 

About the author

Kristina is a world-traveling foodie whose mission is to explore and recreate the most delicious cuisine. While still an avid traveler, Kristina has taken culinary refuge in the great country of the Czech Republic. When she isn't nannying or exploring the beautiful city of Prague, she's sharing her favorite recipes on the web.

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