Although eating out at a Chinese restaurant is generally vegan-friendly, finding a vegan-compliant Chinese restaurant is challenging. Even though I love Chinese food, I learned that making Chinese food at home is healthier than attempting to eat out. For example, one of my favorite dishes is Chinese cauliflower. For that reason, I made General Tso Cauliflower last night, and my family loved it! Not only is this General Tso Cauliflower recipe easy to make, it only requires a few ingredients.
Since my kids love my Oil-Free Vegetable No Fried Rice, I decided to serve that as well as a heaping serving of roasted broccoli. I always try to get as many veggies on a plate as possible. So let's say there weren't any leftovers for anyone's lunch today.
How to make General Tso Cauliflower
First, all you need is a large head of cauliflower and a few other ingredients.
The five-ingredient sauce ingredients, for instance, is more than likely sitting in your pantry, so you don't need any unique ingredients.
To make General Tso Cauliflower Recipe, choose gluten-free flour. The flour-based batter for the General Tso Cauliflower resembles pancake batter and is easy to prepare.
Once smooth, dip each cauliflower floret in the batter.
Then, bake the dipped cauliflower without any oil in the oven while preparing the sauce. Or, air-fry the cauliflower in less time.
How to make General Tso Sauce
With only 5 ingredients, the sauce takes minutes to make in a small saucepan. All you need is:
- Soy sauce or Tamari
- Maple syrup
- Rice Vinegar
- Chili Paste
- Arrow Root Powder or Corn Starch
Although I used arrowroot powder, corn starch works just as well.
As a thickening agent, arrowroot powder thickens the sauce as it heats in the pan. Within minutes, the five ingredients become thick, sticky, and perfect to coat the baked cauliflower.
What to serve with General Tso Cauliflower
Once the cauliflower is tossed in sauce, it cooks for another 10 minutes, which is how much time it takes to make my Oil-Free Vegetable No Fried Rice.
Earlier in the day, I used my rice cooker to prepare 4 cups of brown rice, to be ready when I was ready to make the fried rice.
First, saute onion, garlic, and a frozen bag of peas and carrots in a wok. Then, add the cooked brown rice and a few other ingredients, and you have fried rice.
Next, I quickly roasted some broccoli while the two general cauliflower cooked a second time in the sauce. Roasting broccoli is simple with my favorite crisper pan and only takes 20 minutes.
Now, serve your Chinese masterpiece to your hungry crew. I garnished it with sliced green onions and black sesame seeds. Give General Tso cauliflower recipe a try.
Are you looking for other yummy Asian dishes? Look no further.
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- Spicy Tofu Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing
- Kale Asian Pasta Salad
- Vietnamese Noodles
- Lemongrass Tofu Recipe
- Vegan Tom Kha Gai Coconut Soup
- Yum Yum Noodles
- Veggie Miso Ramen Stir Fry
- Teriyaki Tofu
- Vegan Poke Bowl Recipe
- Vegan Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu
General Tso Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower core removed, cut into florets
- 1 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
General Tso Sauce
- ¼ cup + 2 teaspoons soy sauce or Tamari
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Paste
- 2 teaspoons arrow root powder
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes to add extra heat; skip if you don't like it hot
Rice and Broccoli (optional)
- 1 recipe No Oil-Fried Rice see Link, white, or jasmine rice (optional)
- 1 head broccoli core removed, cut into florets
- 1 bunch green onions sliced thin on an angle
- Black sesame seeds
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Remove the core from cauliflower and cut it into equal bite-sized florets.
- In a large bowl, add flour and the remaining ingredients.
- Whisk together.
- The batter should be similar to the pancake batter.
- Add more water if too thick (varies depending on the type of flour chosen)
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
- Dip each cauliflower floret individually, spacing them centimeters apart on the baking sheet.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
- While cauliflower bakes, prepare the sauce.
- Remove cauliflower from the oven.
- Place breaded and baked cauliflower florets into a bowl.
- Pour sauce onto the florets and toss gently.
- Place saucy florets back on the pan, and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
Air fry Instructions
- Preheat the air-fryer to 375
- Follow the same directions above.
- Place a single layer of battered cauliflower in the base of the air fryer.
- Air fry for 12 minutes
- Remove the pieces from the air fryer
- Toss in the sauce and place the pieces back in the air-fryer
- Cook for another 3 minutes.
- I suggest cooking all the cauliflower in batches before tossing it into the sauce to cook again for a few minutes.
- GENERAL TSO SAUCE
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Whisk all ingredients together.
- Heat on medium-low.
- The sauce will thicken as it heats.
- Now prepare the rice.
- RICE (OPTIONAL)
- Prepare 1 recipe of oil-free fried rice.
- Place broccoli florets on a baking pan or Crisper Pan.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake in the same oven with cauliflower for 10 minutes.
- Place ½ cup rice in the middle of each bowl.
- Add General Tso Cauliflower and broccoli.
- Garnish with sliced scallions and black sesame seeds.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂