Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower

Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower

Cauliflower in sticky, spicy and sweet sauce served with rice. Delicious and easy recipe for dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
255 kcal
Author Anna Banana


  • 1 medium cauliflower (cut into small florets)
  • 4-5 spring onions
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cup tamari sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut or sesame oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste


  • ¾ cup spelt flour
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk



  1. Heat the peanut or sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium low heat and add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a low boil; simmer for another 20-30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.


  1. Whisk all the batter ingredients until well combined. It needs to be thick enough to stick to cauliflower, but not too runny, adjust the thickness of batter by adding more/ less water.
  2. Pour vegetable oil into a deep frying pan, it needs to cover the cauliflower about halfway.
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat.
  4. Dip cauliflower florets in the batter and let the excess drip off gently setting in the oil. Fry for a few minutes on each side, then flip, repeating sides several times if necessary until you get a nice golden brown fried florets.
  5. Remove and set on a cooling rack lined with paper towels underneath.
  6. Let it cool slightly, then toss the fried cauliflower with the sauce (enough just to cover) and sprinkle with spring onions and sesame seeds. Serve with rice.
  7. Enjoy!