Kung Pao Cauliflower

Cauliflower recipes are trendy, but this kung pao cauliflower side dish will stand the test of time thanks to the Asian-inspired marinade and quick saute. It's delicious and easy, win-win!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Marinate Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
44 mins
3 cups


  • 2 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 3 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 4 cup cauliflower florets

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 dried red chile peppers, stemmed, seeded, and broken into small pieces or 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

  • 4 green onions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • ¼ cup finely chopped peanuts


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, water, and sugar. Remove half of the mixture to a small bowl. Add cauliflower to the remaining mixture in large bowl; stir to coat. Let stand 20 minutes. Stir cornstarch into remaining sauce in small bowl.

  2. In a large skillet or wok heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high. Add cauliflower mixture. Cook and stir for 8 minutes or until tender and browned. Remove from skillet. Add remaining oil. Add chile peppers, green onions, and ginger. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add sauce mixture; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in cauliflower. Heat through. Sprinkle with peanuts.

    Kung Pao Cauliflower

dried red chile peppers

Look in the Mexican or Asian section of your grocery store for dried chile de àrbol or other varieties of small dried red chiles, about 2 inches long.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

194 Calories
15g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 51.1mg 256%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 607mg 13%
Folate, total 89.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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