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sweet and sour baked cauliflower
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Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

This sweet and sour cauliflower is oven baked cauliflower coated in a classic sticky sweet and sour sauce. It's a twist on a takeout classic that's lighter, healthier, and vegan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 3 - 4 servings
Author: Megan


  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch divided (or tapioca flour)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos, tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat the oven to 425° Fahrenheit. 
  • Prepare the cauliflower: remove any leaves from the cauliflower and chop into bite-sized florets. In a medium bowl, toss the cauliflower with the oil. Then toss the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. 
  • Bake the cauliflower: add the cauliflower in one layer on a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for 5 - 10 minutes more, until the cauliflower is browned (it will be dark brown in some spots) and cooked through. 
  • Make the sauce: as the cauliflower cooks, make the sauce. In a small bowl, stir together the maple syrup, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar and garlic powder. 
  • Cook the sauce: in a small skillet over medium high heat, bring the sauce to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water. Pour this mixture into the sauce and simmer 3 - 5 more minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve: in a large bowl, gently toss the cauliflower in the sauce. Optionally, serve with a side of white rice and topped with green onions & sesame seeds.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 1229mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 24.2g | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg