Guys. Have you been swept up in the cauliflower craze? I’ve been seeing posts for cauliflower everything for awhile now but always thought that there was NO WAY any of those recipes were actually good, let alone taste like real chicken or whatever it’s trying to imitate.
Oh how I was wrong! Other than cauliflower rice, casseroles, pizza muffins, and mash I hadn’t really ventured out into actually using cauliflower florets whole until recently. Don’t tell anyone but I actually thought I hated cauliflower except when riced or mashed! So when I saw this ridiculously good looking recipe for General Tso’s Cauliflower from the Endless Meal a few weeks ago I knew it was time to try it!
Honestly, I thought it would be good but I didn’t expect it to be down right amazing. I couldn’t stop saying how much it tasted like and had a texture like chicken. I served it with cauliflower rice so essentially all we had for dinner was cauliflower but we weren’t complaining one bit! After that I knew the possibilities were endless!
Enter my Paleo Sesame Cauliflower! It’s essentially the same recipe as my Paleo Sesame Chicken but with a few added steps to cook the cauliflower. It’s still easy as pie though and I guarantee you’ll love it!
These older pics were taken with rice as a side dish, but you can totally serve it with cauliflower fried rice instead.
By tossing the florets in with a little oil and tapioca starch you’re creating a crunchy exterior which will be like breaded chicken. You’ll cook those in the oven first and then just toss with the sauce at the end.
Don’t forget the green onions and sesame seeds and you’re good to go!
Paleo Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Recipe
These baked cauliflower nuggets take the place of chicken in this sticky sesame cauliflower recipe! Sticky cauliflower is so EASY! This paleo cauliflower recipe is delicious too.
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- 1 large head Cauliflower (about 2 lbs)
- 3 tablespoons Olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup Coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup Coconut sugar
- 6 tablespoons White wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 3 tablespoons Tapioca flour
- 2 tablespoons Toasted sesame oil
- 1-2 tablespoon Honey (to taste)
- 1 4-inch piece Fresh ginger (minced)
- 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon White pepper
- 1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
- 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with tapioca starch. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake 40 minutes turning once or twice.
In the last 5 minutes of baking time make the sauce. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Whisking constantly bring it to a simmer. It should thicken immediately. Remove from heat and toss the sauce with the baked cauliflower in a large bowl.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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