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Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

This Sweet and Sour Cauliflower is easy to prepare with my sweet and sour sauce. A keeper that makes even pickiest kids eat vegetables. It is flavorful, simple but impressive and can be served alone or over rice (leftover is great). No one would ever taste it is entirely vegan and so budget friendly.

Sesame seed give an extra crunch to this dish as garnish.

Cauliflower is seriously one of my favorite vegetables.

It is very versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes, like this Bang Bang Cauliflower – comfort food at its finest – simply as a Whole Roasted Cauliflower or in a Cauliflower Soup.

If you are craving more ideas, don’t hold back and use the search bar.

Ingredients needed for the Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

Why you should try this Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

Let’s talk about why you should be making this recipe right now!

It is:

  • easy to prepare with step-by-step pictures so you always know what we are talking about
  • made with simple ingredients including a homemade sauce
  • effortless with big flavor
  • budget friendly
  • amazing for kids 

Step 1: Deep-frying the cauliflower in oil.

What you need for this easy recipe

Making this Sweet and Sour Cauliflower is super straightforward. No fancy ingredients are required.

Just make sure you have the following at hand:

Step 2: Remove cauliflower from oil and drain.

How to make Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

In a Ziploc bag or bowl combine cauliflower florets, oil, cornstarch, and garlic powder. Season generously with a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure everything is mixed properly. If you use a freezer bag, just shake it back and fourth.

Next heat oil in a sauce pan and make sure it is really hot. Add covered cauliflower florets and deep fry them for around 4 minutes, until golden and lightly browned. Remove the florets from the oil and transfer to a frying pan.

Now is time to add the sweet and sour sauce. Carefully mix everything and cook on medium heat for 1 minute more.

Serve immediately on its own or over rice. I guess quinoa works also well.

Step 3: Mixing in a pan with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower ready in a pan with some scallions on top.

Baked version:

Preheat oven to 420°F.

Mix all ingredients except for the Sweet and Sour Sauce as in the frying instructions. In a casserole dish, spread florets, bake for around 20 minutes.

After baking add sauce and mix, serve as you like.

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower server over rice in a blue bowl.

With both methods you treat yourself and your family to a delicious meal. 

Personally, I prefer the deep-fried version. I think it adds even more flavor and texture than baking.

But that is up to your own preferences, just saying the result will be different.

Easy to make and taste so good: this Sweet and Sour Cauliflower is a keeper that the whole family will eat. Serve alone or with rice, so yummy. #vegan #dairyfree #vegetarian #glutenfree #contentednesscooking #dinner #lunch #mealprep #sweetandsourcauliflower

If you give this Sweet and Sour Cauliflower a try, snap a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook, so I see all your great remakes.

Cheers, Florian.

Sesame seed give an extra crunch to this dish as garnish.

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Sweet and Sour Cauliflower is easy to prepare with my sweet and sour sauce. A keeper that makes even pickiest kids eat vegetables. It is flavorful, simple but impressive and can be served alone or over rice (leftover is great). No one would ever taste it is entirely vegan and so budget friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 14 oz cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • oil for frying
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a Ziploc bag or bowl combine cauliflower florets, oil, cornstarch, and garlic powder. Season generously with a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure everything is mixed properly. If you use a freezer bag, just shake it back and fourth.
  2. Next heat oil in a sauce pan and make sure it is really hot. Add covered cauliflower florets and deep fry them for around 4 minutes, until golden and lightly browned. Remove the florets from the oil and transfer to a frying pan.
  3. Now is time to add​ the sweet and sour sauce. Carefully mix everything and cook on medium heat for 1 minute more.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 3.5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 534mgCarbohydrates: 75.3gFiber: 11.1gSugar: 22.3gProtein: 16.2g
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