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sesame cauliflower
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5 from 2 votes

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

This sticky sesame cauliflower is oven baked until crispy and then coated in a thick, sweet sesame sauce. It's a plant-based version of a takeout favorite (sesame chicken)!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 3


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • cup soy sauce (or coconut aminos, Tamari sauce for gluten-free)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil divided
  • Sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare the cauliflower: remove any leaves from the cauliflower and chop into bite-sized pieces. In a medium bowl, toss the cauliflower with the oil. Then toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • Bake the cauliflower: place 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 and cooked through.
  • Make the sauce: as the cauliflower cooks, in a small bowl, stir together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, sesame oil and 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
  • Simmer the sauce: add the sauce to the skillet. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for 2 - 3 minutes, until thickened, stirring frequently. Gently stir the cauliflower into the sauce until coated.
  • Serve: serve immediately, optionally over rice or noodles. Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds before serving.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.2g | Protein: 5.4g | Fat: 10.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 1627mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 14.6g | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg