This is a healthier, low-carb version of General Tso’s Chicken, using baked cauliflower florets rather than fried chicken pieces.
Here is my latest cauliflower dish. I’m having fun replacing a lot of my chicken dishes with cauliflower instead. Now that spring is here and vegetable prices are coming down, I can really play around and experiment. It’s funny how all the trees and plants suddenly start growing again once March hits. A week ago, my fruit trees were completely bare. And now, they have dozens of new leaves on them. It’s like they all sprung up overnight.
Normally, General Tso’s Chicken involves fried chicken pieces and while I’m sure frying the cauliflower would make this dish even more amazing, it seemed to defeat the purpose of making it healthier by using cauliflower. So instead I roasted the cauliflower.
And it was still delicious. Our bowls were empty minutes after I put down my camera. And look, I finally created a cauliflower category!
General Tso's Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite sized florets
for the sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tsp hoisin sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 6 dried red chilis optional
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread cauliflower florets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until cauliflower florets are tender, flipping cauliflower halfway through.
- While cauliflower is cooking, make the sauce. In a small sauce pan, add all ingredients except chilis. Whisk sauce together until everything is mixed and cornstarch is completely dissolved. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add in the chilis and let them simmer for about 1 minute in the sauce. Turn off heat.
- Toss cauliflower in sauce. Sprinkle fresh chopped scallions and white sesame seeds as garnish, if desired.
- Nutrition estimate does not include the dried chilis.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.