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Baked Orange Sesame Cauliflower is the perfect game day snack! These sticky cauliflower bites will please your vegetarian and omnivore guests alike.
Recipe and photos were updated 1/28/19. Original writing remains.
This is one of my all time FAVORITES! The recipe testing for this post required a LOT of self control, so that I didn’t eat the whole tray before I took photos.
The inspiration for this recipe came from the buffalo cauliflower craze. I’m a big fan of this trend, and I love how these faux “wings” have been popping up on menus everywhere. They’re a great way to add more veggies to your diet, especially for unsuspecting husbands, boyfriends, and kids ;-)!
Nothing against buffalo, but I wanted to experiment with a different kind of glaze and create something with an Asian twist. With hints of orange, sesame, and ginger, the final product is finger lickin’ good.
I also had football in mind when I created this dish. Not the actual sport of football, but the viewing parties that happen every Saturday and Sunday in the fall. These bites would be the perfect addition to a an appetizer spread, especially for the Super Bowl.
If you aren’t familiar with orange sesame flavoring, it’s a fantastic combination of sweet and salty. Orange sesame sauces taste great over vegetables, rice, and chicken. In this recipe, it gives the cauliflower a sticky coating remniscient of Asian take-out dishes.
So if you make this recipe and enjoy the taste, bookmark it for later. You can use the sauce to flavor all different kinds of meals!
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Baked Orange Sesame Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower - chopped into florets
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk - can sub cow's milk
- 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour - can sub regular flour
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest - leave out for a sweeter sauce
- 2 tbsp honey - substitute maple syrup to make vegan
- 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 cloves garlic - minced or pressed
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 2 scallions - sliced, for serving
- Sesame seeds - optional, for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together almond milk and flour. Add cauliflower florets, and mix until they are coated. Transfer florets to the lined baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes.
- While the cauliflower is roasting, prepare the sauce. Combine honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, orange juice, orange zest, ginger, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking often. In a separate bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water together.
- Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the boiling sauce. Bring it back to a boil and cook, stirring often until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. The sauce should be sticky and thick. Remove sauce from heat.
- Once the cauliflower is finished baking, pour sauce over florets. You may need to use a brush to completely coat the florets in the sauce. Roast for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Top with scallions and sesame seeds to serve. Enjoy!
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