Vegan General Tso’s Cauliflower

This is going to be a super quick post, much like the recipe which is one of the best ways to enjoy cauliflower ! Today we are making a vegan and gluten free adaptation of the famous General Tso’s Chicken using cauliflower florets. This recipe will remind you of all the oriental flavours you love so much and we can guarantee that you will not be calling for Chinese take out today 🙂 So, let us get cooking !

Don’t you all like a quick whip recipe for the Monday dinners? I want to spend no more than 30 minutes in the kitchen after a long day but i can never suffice my appetite with just a tired sandwich.. i need the promise of a comforting bowl with playful flavors, colors and textures. I know i sound a bit demanding (:P ) but i like to enjoy a warm and satisfying meal for dinner because that’s when my whole family eats together. Today i am putting Cauliflower to some great using it as mock chicken (if you like to call it that) for the famous General Tso’s chicken recipe.

General Tso’s Cauliflower

General Tso's Cauliflower

  • Servings: 2
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general tso's cauliflowerIngredients

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • rice flour – 1 cup
  • corn starch – 1 tablespoon
  • pinch of salt (or as needed)
  • garlic powder – pinch
  • black pepper- pinch
  • Water – 1/2 cup (or as needed for a semi thick paste)
  • Oil for frying the florets (about 2 cups)

For the sauce

  •  oil – 1 tablespoon
  • 2-3 spring onion (green parts only), finely chopped
  • sesame seeds – 1 tsp
  • ginger- 1 inch , grated
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • low sodium soy sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • rice vinegar- 1 tsp (can also use balsamic vinegar / white vinegar)
  • corn starch- 1 tsp
  • pinch of salt (or as needed)
  • ketchup – 1 tablespoon
  • water – 1 tablespoon
  • sugar- 1 tsp


  1. Take a bowl and add the rice flour, corn starch, salt, black pepper, garlic powder. Mix well. Add water as needed and mix to form a paste. Coat the cauliflower florets with the paste.
  2. Pour the oil in a deep pan and heat the oil. Once hot, drop the cauliflower florets and fry till lightly golden brown. Remove and drain on an absorbent towel.
  3. In a bowl, mix soya sauce, vinegar, salt, ketchup, water, sugar, corn starch and mix well.
  4. Meanwhile, take a wok and add the oil (1 tablespoon). Bring to heat and once hot, add in the ginger and minced garlic. Fry for a couple of seconds. Next, add in the sauce mix and heat till it starts to boil. Shut the flame and add in the fried cauliflower. Combine gently.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds and spring onions on top. Serve on a bed of rice or noodles.

Now that is one neat recipe ! Cauliflowers are delicious as it is but when you fry them up, these become crispy delicious treats. I like to add in some garlic powder in the coating and that makes a whole of difference when you prepare this dish. The sauce is a perfect mix of salty, sweet, sour and tangy which makes this dish yummilicous ! Give it a go

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