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Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

I hope you are ready for the recipe we have in store for you today. This Asian inspired Sweet and Sour cauliflower is an absolute dream. If you are looking for a different lunch option, a cheeky yet healthy snack, or some finger food, you are in the right place. 

I have a serious obsession with cauliflower. And I believe we don't give it as much credit as it deserves. Cauliflower is one of the most versatile veggies out there, it has those beautiful florets you can stir fry. If you blend it has a creamy consistency. You can grate it for a rice-like texture and its taste is really mild, it is easy to season it and mix it with other veggies. 

Also, cauliflower is jam-packed with nutrients and health benefits, its nutrient profile is very impressive. Like all the other white vegetables, cauliflower helps lower the so-called bad cholesterol in your body. It helps reduce high blood pressure, it boosts our immune system, and it has compounds known to have a protective role against cancer.  

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower ingredients

As you may see, there are a ton of reasons to include white veggies such as cauliflower in our diet. And to give it a bit of variety, I came up with this super yummy recipe. I love making this vegan cauliflower dish for dinner. I usually serve it with a side of quinoa and sometimes with a salad that I can quickly whip together. And just like that, I have a real feast on the table.

I cook cauliflower on a regular basis, so the family and I needed a bit of a change. We love Asian inspired food and sweet and sour food. So, I put all these elements together and made this vegan sweet and sour cauliflower dish. 

breaded cauliflower bites

The process to make these beauties is really simple, and the outcome is amazing. First, we are making cauliflower bites to make the florets a bit crispy. Also, this crust will help us have more sauce on every bite. 

For the curst, we are making a batter flour and water. I seasoned it with garlic powder, turmeric, and salt. Since cauliflower has such a subtle flavour, we need to make sure we have flavour in every layer. And for the crispy-effect, we are adding bread crumbs at the end of the process. 

The next step is to make the sweet and sour sauce. Aside from having the right flavour, we also need the right consistency, it needs to be a bit sticky. We have a little trick for this, we are adding 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam and corn starch to a mix of soy sauce, orange juice, rice vinegar, and sriracha sauce. I am already drooling over this vegan cauliflower dish!

Seriously, I really think this is becoming one of my favourite recipes. It takes me less than 30 minutes to make it and everyone loves this little bites of yum! 

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower single

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Corn, Gluten, Quinoa, Soy


For the cauliflower bites

  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 head cauliflower (wash and cut into small florets)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup wheat flour

For the sweet and sour sauce

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tbsps light soy sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • ¼ cup water

For the garnish

  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 medium scallion (thinly sliced) (optional)

For the quinoa

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water


  1. Cook the quinoa in water until all the water is absorbed for about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C) and prepare a baking sheet with backing paper.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs to a bowl and set it next to the bowl with the batter.
  4. For the batter add the rest of the cauliflower bite ingredients, except the cauliflower to a bowl and use a whisk to combine everything properly.
  5. Dunk the cauliflower bites into the bowl with the batter and toss to combine, coating all the pieces well.
  6. Tap excess batter off one by one and roll the bites in the breadcrumbs to coat.
  7. Place them on the baking sheet, so they don't touch each other, to make sure they won't get stuck together as they bake.
  8. Bake them for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Use a big wok or frying pan that can fit the sauce and the cauliflower bites.
  10. Mix water and cornstarch and set aside, add the rest of the ingredients to the wok and bring to boil.
  11. Add the cornstarch and water mix and stir over medium-high heat constantly for a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  12. When the cauliflower bites are done and crispy, toss and coat them in the sauce.
  13. Add the garnish before serving and enjoy the dish with some quinoa on the side.


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