Snack: ​Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Bites

Servings: 4-6 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20-30 minutes


Sticky and sweet, these cauliflower bites are a delicious twist on classic sweet & sour chicken or pork. Serve on its own as a snack or serve as a meal over rice or quinoa. To save time, use jarred sweet and sour sauce.


  • 1 large cauliflower head (about 8 cups) washed then cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • 1-2 green onions, thinly sliced & 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional for garnish)


  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ketchup 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon cold water

Directions for Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425° degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Grease with vegetable oil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower in oil. When coated, add the corn starch, and toss until coated.  
  3. Spread out the cauliflower onto the greased pan.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown on the bottoms. Switch oven to broil and cook on high for 3-4 minutes. Watch carefully, it can burn quickly.
  5. While cauliflower is cooking, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, stir together the sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water.
  6. Bring up to a low boil, stirring constantly. In a small bowl, whisk together the 1 tablespoon corn starch and cold water until smooth.
  7. Slowly add the cornstarch paste to the saucepan. Stir continuously until thickened. Turn off the heat.
  8. In the same large bowl, toss together the sauced and the cauliflower. Transfer back to the baking sheet to keep it crispy.
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