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"How to Make Crispy Sesame Cauliflower with Chili Garlic Sauce: A Delicious Vegan, Keto Recipe"

Creating a Crispy Sesame Cauliflower with Chili Garlic Sauce is a fantastic way to enjoy a vegetarian dish that's both flavorful and satisfying. This dish combines the tender bite of cauliflower with a crisp exterior, topped with a spicy and garlicky sauce, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for a nutty finish. Here are the steps along with some tips and tricks to perfect this tasty treat.


  • Dish name: Crispy Sesame Cauliflower with Chili Garlic Sauce

  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

  • Preparation time: 25 minutes

  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup water (or as needed)

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

  • Cooking oil for frying

Chili Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or sriracha

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to create a batter.

  2. Place the breadcrumbs and sesame seeds in a shallow dish.

  3. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, ensuring it's well coated, then into the breadcrumb mixture.

  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large pan to 350°F (175°C). Fry the cauliflower in batches until golden brown, and drain on paper towels.

  5. For the sauce, combine the chili sauce, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until slightly thickened.

  6. Toss the fried cauliflower in the sauce or serve it on the side. Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Cauliflower Prep: Ensure the cauliflower florets are dry so the batter sticks well.

  • Batter Consistency: The batter should be like a thick pancake batter to coat the florets but not too thick.

  • Breadcrumbs: Use panko breadcrumbs for an extra crispy texture.

  • Frying: Don't overcrowd the pan when frying to keep the florets crispy.

  • Oil Temperature: Maintain the correct temperature; if the oil is too hot, the outside will burn before the cauliflower cooks through, and if it's too cool, they will become oily.

  • Sauce Spice Level: Adjust the amount of chili sauce to your preferred spice level.

  • Serving: Serve immediately for the best texture. If reheating leftovers, use an oven or air fryer to maintain crispiness.

  • Variations: Try baking instead of frying for a healthier option. Coat the battered and breaded cauliflower with a little oil and bake until golden brown.

  • Sesame Flavor: For a deeper sesame flavor, add a small amount of sesame oil to your chili garlic sauce.

  • Garnishing: Top with chopped scallions or cilantro for additional color and flavor.

Crispy Sesame Cauliflower with Chili Garlic Sauce delivers a great combination of flavors and textures that can impress as an appetizer, side dish, or even as a main course. Coupled with its stunning presentation, it's sure to become a staple for anyone who loves bold and exciting dishes.

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