Satisfy Your Chinese Takeout Cravings with General Tso Cauliflower

December 7, 2018

General Tso Cauliflower

A vegetarian spin inspired by a Chinese takeout favorite.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword cauliflower, fakeout, general tso, spicy, sweet, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Déja Todman


  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into large florets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • kosher salt
  • cooked rice for serving
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • green onions for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. 

  2. Dredge cauliflower in flour, milk, and bread crumbs and transfer to a baking sheet lined with a rack or a parchment paper. Season well with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake until deeply golden and crispy, 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, time to make the sauce: In a small saucepan heat oil over low heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant -- about 2 minutes.  Then add sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice. Simmer 5 minutes until thickened.

  5. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl and add sauce. Toss gently until all are completely coated.

  6. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

    Enjoy 😀


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