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Hunan Cauliflower

5 from 1 vote

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsDinner, Lunch
CuisineAmerican, Chinese
Servings 2


  • 1 medium cauliflower crown broken into florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • For Sauce:-
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 4-6 dried chile peppers cut into thirds (remove the seeds for a milder sauce)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 bell pepper any color (I used hal
  • 3 tablespoons chilled water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Red pepper flakes for extra hot (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 425°. Place the cauliflower into a large bag with the oil and cornstarch. Toss to coat. Arrange the cauliflower florets in an even layer in a roasting pan or oven-safe skillet.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned, flipping once about halfway through.
  • While the cauliflower bakes, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, and dried chile peppers. Sauté until very fragrant and the chile peppers darken, about 1 minute.
  • Add the water, soy sauce, sherry, vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil, black pepper, and star anise. Raise heat and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and allow to simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
  • until the sauce has reduced by about a third, stirring occasionally. Stir in the bell pepper and allow to simmer about 5 minutes more, until the pepper is tender.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water, then add it to the sauce. Allow the sauce to continue simmering for a minute or two, just until it thickens up.
  • Once the cauliflower is finished baking, remove it from the oven and pour the sauce over top. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.
  • Divide onto plates and serve with rice.

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Saba Shaikh
Saba Shaikh

hello Foodies, I m Saba Firoz Shaikh from mumbai and I'm homechef, I love to eat everything. I m here to share awesome recipes with u all.

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