Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Make your own Chinese food at home with this Sticky Sesame Cauliflower with a healthy twist. Vegan, baked, and made with no refined sugar!

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
4.75 from 4 votes
Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Sesame Cauliflower
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Battered Cauliflower
  • 1/2 large cauliflower, broken into bite-sized florets
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
Sticky Sesame Sauce
Everything Else
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds,
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin
  1. Begin by cooking the rice according to the rice package instructions. While rice is cooking, prepare your cauliflower. 

  2. Preheat oven to 450 F. In a shallow mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour and water, whisking together until thick and gooey. This will act as your binder between the cauliflower and flour mixture. In a separate shallow bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

  3. Pour 1 tbsp of cooking oil into a heavy bottom baking dish or large cast iron skillet. Dip each floret into the chickpea flour mixture until completely submerged, then dip it immediately into the flour mixture, coating thoroughly. Place the battered cauliflower in the baking dish and repeat until all the cauliflower is covered.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Pull out of the oven, flip cauliflower over and brush or spray the additional 1 tbsp of oil on the top of the florets. Bake for another 10 minutes. 

  5. While cauliflower is baking, make your sauce. Begin by heating up sesame oil in a small pan. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Whisk in remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. 

  6. Pour all but 2 tbsp of sauce over the battered cauliflower and bake for another 5-10 minutes until sauce is sticky and thick. 

  7. Serve immediately over cooked rice. Top with sesame seeds, green onion, and remaining 2 tbsp of sauce. 

Nutrition Facts
Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1272mg55%
Potassium 527mg15%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 51.6mg63%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.