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sticky sesame cauliflower garnished with green onions and toasted sesame seeds served on a white plate

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Whenever you’re craving a big flavor meal, Sticky Sesame Cauliflower will be your new go-to recipe. The crispy cauliflower in the flavor-packed sauce paired with tender rice makes for a great dinner any night of the week.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 611kcal



  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • vegetable oil for frying 2 inches deep in the skillet


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water


  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 5 green onions sliced


  • In a medium pot cook white rice per package directions.
  • In a medium saucepan combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, honey, sesame oil, light brown sugar, garlic paste, ginger paste, and chicken broth. Whisk together and bring to a boil.
  • In a small separate bowl combine cornstarch and water. Whisk until no lumps remain.
  • Once the sauce is boiling, slowly whisk in cornstarch. Turn heat to low and let simmer while you prepare the cauliflower. Stir occasionally.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat vegetable oil until it is about 2 inches deep. Turn heat to medium and let sit until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. It’s important that you test the temperature with a meat thermometer. If it’s too hot it will burn the exterior of the cauliflower.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, cumin, chili powder, coriander, onion powder, and black pepper. Whisk together. In a separate bowl add the buttermilk.
  • Work in batches to cook the cauliflower in the following order. Take the 1 inch cauliflower pieces and dip them in the flour mixture. Then dip them in the buttermilk. Then dip them back in the flour mixture. Tap excess flour off of the cauliflower pieces and add to the hot 350 degree oil.
  • Cook cauliflower on both sides for 5-7 minutes, or until the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees when tested with a meat thermometer. Remove cauliflower from hot oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • When all the cauliflower is cooked, place it in a large mixing bowl. Pour the hot sesame sauce over the top of the chicken. Use tongs or a large spoon to “toss” the cauliflower with the sesame sauce.
  • Serve over white rice and garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.



Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 120g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 982mg | Potassium: 866mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 601IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 5mg