Sesame cauliflower is an easy side dish for any quick and easy dinner recipe. It also makes a great appetizer or snack. It’s all around delicious and simple to make. Let me show you how to make sesame cauliflower at home.
Do you have a favorite take-out restaurant? I know I do! It’s in my hometown and I go every time we visit my parents. It has the best Chinese food and I can tell you my order before we even step in the door.
I’m happy to say that I have passed on my love of Chinese food to all of the kids. The fun thing is that we all order different things so we also have a little bit of everything when we go out.
What is sesame cauliflower
I love recreating recipes at home, so I took one of my favorite meals from my favorite local restaurant and transformed it. I took all the flavor of sesame chicken and used cauliflower to make a great snack.
This cauliflower recipe is great as an appetizer, dinner, or a snack, whatever you choose!
Is sesame cauliflower healthy?
I would not consider sesame cauliflower healthy due to the ingredients in the sauce, but making it at home is probably better than anything from a restaurant.
Sesame cauliflower ingredients
The great thing about this sesame cauliflower is that the ingredient list is pretty simple. Most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store in or around the Asian food aisle. You can always re-use the ingredients in recipes such as egg roll in a bowl and Korean beef lettuce wraps.
To make this recipe you will need:
- coconut oil
- soy sauce
- rice wine vinegar
- sesame oil
- ginger paste
- sesame seeds
- green onions
Cauliflower – You will need 1-2 heads of cauliflower for this recipe. While you are in the produce aisle, grab some garlic and green onions. These are optional but are a great addition. If you are really desperate for time, you could totally use frozen cauliflower.
Special ingredients – You should be able to get the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger paste and sesame seeds in or around the Asian aisle.
Soy sauce – When it comes to soy sauce, I really enjoy doing the low sodium option. You may find this works best for you too! Coconut animos is another soy-free option.
Coconut oil – You can easily find this in the baking aisle at your local grocery store. Coconut oil has become more available than ever before. You can even order it off Amazon if you have the time to wait.
Be sure to check your pantry before you head to the store to make sure you don’t buy something you already have on hand. I have been guilty of this so many times!
How to make sesame cauliflower
I think making this recipe is one of my favorites because it’s something new. You know, I get tired of eating the same thing over and over again. This is something new and you’ll love it!
Step 1 – Preheat oven to 450F. Toss the chopped cauliflower with coconut oil and then lay in a flat layer on a cookie sheet. You could lay parchment paper down on the cookie sheet if you want to keep your sheet looking nice.
Step 2 – Roast for 10-12 minutes, turning once, until slightly golden. Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger paste and garlic in a large saucepan.
Step 3 – Place over medium heat and cook until simmering, stirring often. Combine the water and cornstarch to form a slurry, then mix into the soy sauce mixture.
Step 4 – Continue cooking the sauce until it becomes sticky and coats the back of a spoon. Toss the cauliflower in the sauce and then return to the oven for 3-5 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
How to store cauliflower
One way to store it is in an airtight container. The container will keep the food from drying out. You could also freeze this cauliflower, but you need to make sure it’s in a freezable container or plastic baggy.
Main Dishes To Go With Sesame Cauliflower
This sesame cauliflower can be considered an appetizer, snack or a side dish. If you use it as a side dish you can add these main dishes to your meal:
Sesame cauliflower recipe
- 1-2 heads cauliflower, chopped florets
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- Sesame seeds, optional garnish
- Green onions, chopped, optional garnish
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Toss the chopped cauliflower with coconut oil and then lay in a flat layer on a cookie sheet.
- Roast for 10-12 minutes, turning once, until slightly golden.
- Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger paste and garlic in a large saucepan.
- Place over medium heat and cook until simmering, stirring often
- Combine the water and cornstarch to form a slurry, then mix into the soy sauce mixture.
- Continue cooking the sauce until it becomes sticky and coats the back of a spoon.
- Toss the cauliflower in the sauce and then return to the oven for 3-5 minutes.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 5-6 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 910mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
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