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Sweet-and-Sour Cauliflower

4 Servings

30 minutes

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This flavor-packed stir-fry utilizes our go-to sear and steam technique, yielding perfectly tender-crisp and caramelized cauliflower florets. They’re coated in a salty-sweet mixture of tangy rice vinegar, umami-rich hoisin sauce and fresh ginger, garlic and chili, contributing bright, zesty notes throughout. Serve as a side dish or as a vegetarian main with steamed rice.



30 minutes


  • ¼

    cup neutral oil

  • 1

    2½-pound head cauliflower, trimmed, cored and cut into 1-inch florets


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Laurie C.
February 4, 2024
Loved this! Everything came together as expected and I loved it with the suggested chopped peanuts and also added chopped scallions. I served it with farrow rather than rice and had enough for breakfast the next morning with an over-medium egg on top. Will definitely make this again!
Annie H.
December 30, 2023
A rare “okay” from Milk Street
I totally agree that the sauce never thickened and it left me with over cooked cauliflower. Also, this was a little vinegary. I would use less vinegar if I made this again.
Susan S.
October 26, 2023
Good but not great
We enjoyed the flavor but the sauce did not thicken and cling to the cauliflower. Rather, the cauliflower continued to exude more moisture, becoming softer than preferred, and the sauce became quite thin. I will try this again, but I'll simmer the sauce in a separate pan to see if it will thicken up before adding it to the cauliflower.