Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower – the sweet, sticky, & addictively delicious dish that tastes like a better-for-you version of Panda Express!
Cauliflower—the darling vegetable of the year—is definitely having a moment.
And with more and more cauliflower-based products hitting shelves each day, the cauliflower excitement doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Inspired by
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Servings 4 people
Calories 135 kcal


  • small head cauliflower, chopped (6 1/2 cups florets)
  • 1/3  cup  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4  cup  pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1/4  cup  rice vinegar
  • tbsp  garlic minced
  • 1 ½  tsp  toasted sesame oil
  • ½  tsp  powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2  tbsp  cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/4  cup  water
  • sesame seeds and scallions  for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 450 F. Grease a baking pan or line with parchment.
  • Cut cauliflower into florets, then slice so one side of each floret is flat. Arrange in a single layer in the greased pan.
  • Bake 10 minutes on the center rack.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce, sweetener, vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil. While waiting, stir together the cornstarch and water until cornstarch dissolves fully, then slowly whisk this into the saucepan as soon as it boils.
  • Turn heat to medium and cook 2 minutes, stirring more frequently once it returns to a boil. Cook until thick.
  • You can also make the sauce ahead of time if desired, and it thickens more as it sits in the fridge.
  • Flip cauliflower florets and bake 10 additional minutes. If desired, you can now move the pan to the top rack and broil 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over florets. Sprinkle sesame seeds and optional scallions on top, and serve.