General Tso’s Cauliflower

overhead photo of General Tso's Cauliflower

This is a healthier, low-carb version of General Tso’s Chicken, using baked cauliflower florets rather than fried chicken pieces.
close-up photo of a piece of General Tso's Cauliflower
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!
photo of a bowl of General Tso's Cauliflower

 

General Tso's Cauliflower

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2
This is a healthier, low-carb version of General Tso's Chicken, using baked cauliflower florets rather than fried chicken pieces.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into bite sized florets

for the sauce

  • 1/2 cup water
  • tbsp dark soy sauce
  • tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • tsp hoisin sauce
  • tsp sesame oil
  • tbsp granulated white sugar
  • tsp cornstarch
  • dried red chilis optional

Directions:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Toss cauliflower in sauce. Sprinkle fresh chopped scallions and white sesame seeds as garnish, if desired.

Notes:

  • Nutrition estimate does not include the dried chilis.
Nutrition Facts
General Tso's Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 1102mg48%
Potassium 632mg18%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1285IU26%
Vitamin C 219.8mg266%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
Net Carbs 28g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

12 comments on “General Tso’s Cauliflower”

  1. How AWESOME is this recipe?  Pretty fricken awesome if you ask me!  Using cauliflower in place of fried chicken is a healthy, genius alternative!  You ROCK!

  2. I had this with quinoa. Fantastic recipe. I love rice, but I’m trying to go low carb and healthy too. It was a good pairing. Thanks for sharing.

  3. LOVE!! absolutely delicious I made it with some steamed brocolli and jasmine rice, so simple and just perfect, thanks!

  4. How is this recipe considered Keto using hoisin sauce? It’s so high in sugar/carbs…

  5. 5 stars
    We made it tonight! Adding it to my recipe rotation. Even the kiddos ate it up! YAY! I added some Quorn “beef” pieces to it and it worked great. The sauce wasn’t as thick as I’d like it to be, so, maybe add more cornstarch? I doubled the sauce recipe for we were putting it over brown rice. Thank you for sharing! It was tasty!

  6. 5 stars
    YUM.. Just made this for dinner. I left out the sugar and put a squirt of lemon juice into the sauce.

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