Honey Sesame Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower is flavored with a delicious honey sesame glaze, for an easy meal.I really enjoyed this new cauliflower recipe. So much so, that it was even worth turning on the oven in this heat. These cauliflower are glazed twice. They are first glazed with the sauce during cooking. This allows the sauce to soak into the cauliflower and stick to the cauliflower. I then glazed them again after cooking, making them extra flavorful.I also sliced them into flatter, thinner florets rather than the rounder pieces I usually cut the cauliflower into. That gives them plenty of surface area for all the glaze.Some white sesame seeds sprinkled on top gave these a nice crunch factor.

Honey Sesame Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into thin florets, about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp chopped green scallions

for the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 3/8 cup water + 2 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place cauliflower florets onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure none of the cauliflower overlap. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until cauliflower are just cooked (tender but still crisp). While cauliflower is cooking, make your glaze.

2. In a small saucepan, add all sauce ingredients except water + cornstarch. Whisk together and then bring to medium heat on the stove, until it begins to simmer. In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch into water. Pour into your simmering mixture, stirring while pouring so that the cornstarch does not clump up. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 1 minute, or until thickened. Stir occasionally while sauce is cooking.

3. Remove cooked cauliflower from the oven. Glaze cauliflower with the sauce. You should only use about half the sauce. Place cauliflower back into the oven.

4. Set your oven to a low broil. Cook for 3-5 minutes, watching your cauliflower carefully so they do not burn. You should see the sauce on the cauliflower begin to bubble and thicken. Make sure you are cooking at a low broil because if you simply bake at this stage, your sauce will become watery instead of thick.

5. Remove cauliflower from oven. Glaze with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

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