Lemon Honey Garlic Cauliflower

February 12, 2021
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Photo by Ria Elciario, @legumesallday
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 40 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This recipe has just enough of everything: tanginess, sweetness, and spice. Serve it as a party snack or eat it as a side with rice. —Ria Elciario

What You'll Need
  • 450 grams cauliflower (about half a head)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (for batter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water (for batter)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 pinch kosher salt (for sauce)
  • 1/4 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water (for sauce)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch (for slurry)
  • 1/2 tablespoon water (for slurry)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 slice of lemon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
  1. Wash cauliflower and break it apart into your desired size.
  2. Mix all batter ingredients (cornstarch, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, water) together, then add cauliflower and gently toss to coat everything.
  3. Using a non-stick pan, heat up vegetable oil over medium-high.
  4. Add in cauliflower pieces individually to make sure it doesn’t stick to each other. Fry each side until golden brown and crispy for about 15-20 mins.
  5. In the meantime, prepare your sauce (soy sauce, kosher salt, sesame oil, honey, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh lemon juice, water) and slurry. Note: Don’t add the slurry into your sauce mixture.
  6. Once the cauliflower is cooked, temporarily transfer them onto a plate and transfer the oil onto a small cup for later use.
  7. Using the same non-stick pan, pour your sauce and let it reduce for about 3 mins on low heat. Once you notice the garlic softened, add in slurry and mix. Let it simmer for about 2 more minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat then toss in your cauliflower.
  9. Plate and garnish with sesame seeds and a slice of lemon.

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