Vegan Sweet & Sour Cauliflower with Fried Brown Rice Recipe

Vegan Sweet & Sour Cauliflower with Fried Brown Rice Recipe

Vegan food doesn’t need to be boring! This vibrant and flavoursome Vegan Sweet & Sour Cauliflower with Fried Brown Rice Recipe is the perfect dish to convert any skeptics. 

Vegan Sweet & Sour Cauliflower with Fried Brown Rice Recipe: Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 660g cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/4 cup cornflour, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • 1/4 cup plain flour 
  • Vegetable oil, to fry 
  • Purple shiso, to serve
  • Toasted white sesame seeds, to serve


Sweet & Sour Sauce 

  • 1 tsp sesame oil 
  • 2 tsp chilli sauce (Sriracha) 
  • 2 tbsp Asian plum sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup 


Fried Brown Rice 

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil 
  • 200g snake beans, cut into 4cm lengths 
  • 2 cups steamed brown rice, cooled 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


How to make our Vegan Sweet & Sour Cauliflower with Fried Brown Rice Recipe 

1. Place the cauliflower florets into a large bowl, season well with salt and gently toss with the 2 tablespoon of extra cornflour. Set aside. 

2. To make the sweet and sour sauce, place the sesame oil, chilli sauce, Asian plum sauce, rice-wine vinegar, tomato ketchup, soy sauce and agave syrup in a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Set aside for later. 

3. Place the cornflour and plain flour into a small bowl. Add 150ml of cold water and mix until just combined. 

4. Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full with vegetable oil. Place over medium heat until the oil reaches 180°C on a deep-frying thermometer.

5. Working in batches, add the cauliflower to the cornflour batter, toss to coat, and then transfer to the saucepan and fry for 3 minutes.

6. Remove from pan and drain on absorbent paper towel, then toss in the sweet in sour sauce. 

7. Meanwhile, to make the fried brown rice, heat the sesame oil in a large wok or frying pan. Add the chopped snake beans and then cook for 4 minutes, turning regularly. Add the steamed brown rice and soy sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until heated through.

8. Serve the cauliflower on a bed of fried brown rice, topped with purple shiso leaves and a sprinkle of toasted white sesame seeds. 


Smart Tip:

You can also make sweet & sour tofu by cutting firm tofu into 2cm pieces. Pat dry and toss in tablespoons of cornflour. Dip into the same batter and fry for 3 minutes. Toss in the sweet & sour sauce to serve. 


Looking for more vegan recipe inspiration? Try one of our delicious dishes:

Vietnamese-style Mung Bean Sprout Salad

Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice with Macadamia Nuts


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