Sticky Sesame Cauliflower with Rice

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower with Rice

This recipe is great for Meatless Mondays. You’ll never miss the meat with this sweet, salty, and sticky cauliflower dish.

On the other hand, if your family just can’t not have meat, replace the cauliflower with a pound of diced boneless chicken breasts or thighs. Or maybe do a mix? Live a little. 🙂

I use my silicone mats for recipes like this one. It’s a great way to skip the cooking spray AND the throw-away parchment.

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Sticky Sesame Cauliflower with Rice

The salty and sweet cauliflower dish will win over everyone on Meatless Mondays. Serve over your favorite rice and you'll feel like it's Chinese take out night.

Servings: 4


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  • ¾ cup rice
  • 1 cauliflower chopped (about 4-6 cups)
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ½ tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds or garnish
  • 4 green onion chopped


  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  3. Cut cauliflower into florets. Arrange in a single layer in the greased pan. (Make sure there is plenty of space so they roast and not steam.) Bake for 25 minutes on the center rack, giving it a stir once or twice.
  4. While cauliflower bakes, whisk together the soy sauce, sweetener, vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  5. Whisk together the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch fully dissolves, then slowly whisk the slurry into the saucepan as it reaches boiling. Turn heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes, stirring more frequently once it returns to a boil. Cook until thick.
  6. Pour sauce over florets and stir to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions and serve.


- Don’t try to use frozen cauliflower for this dish. Trust me when I say it doesn’t work.


- Change the soy sauce to tamari and use arrowroot instead of cornstarch.

Meat Lovers

- Exchange the cauliflower for 1 lb of diced boneless chicken breasts or thighs.

Veggie Lovers

- Add a cup of diced red peppers to the pan of cauliflower for roasting. It will add great flavor and color.